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News on the war in Russia and Ukraine: Putin's forces attack Odessa with a missile, while North Korea warns the US of a “new world war”

Selenskyj: China is trying to undermine the Ukraine peace summit

High-ranking North Korean military officials on Monday criticized the United States for its expanded military aid to Ukraine and warned of a “new world war.”

North Korea's Deputy Defense Minister Kim Kang Il described the deployment of a US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to the South Korean port city of Busan on Saturday as a “very dangerous” show of force.

Just days after Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Pyongyang, Pak Jong Chon, one of North Korea's highest-ranking military officials, said Moscow had the “right to choose any kind of retaliatory strike” if Washington continued to pressure Ukraine into a “proxy war” against Russia.

This could lead to a more violent reaction from Moscow and a “new world war,” Pak said, according to KCNA.

In addition, Putin's forces launched a missile attack on the southern Ukrainian city of Odessa, hitting civilian infrastructure and injuring at least three people.

The attack damaged a camp where about 50 people worked, military and regional authorities said. Two middle-aged men and a 19-year-old boy were taken to hospital, authorities said.

Russia summons American ambassador over deadly attack in which Moscow says US missiles were used

The Russian Foreign Ministry summoned the American ambassador on Monday to protest the use of state-of-the-art American-made missiles in a Ukrainian attack on Russian-annexed Crimea, which reportedly killed four people and injured more than 150.

Washington has “actually become a party” to the war on Ukraine's side, the ministry said in a statement. It added: “Retaliatory measures will certainly follow.” It did not provide any further details.

There was no immediate comment from US or Ukrainian government officials. The Associated Press was unable to independently verify Russia's information on the missiles deployed.

Maryam Zakir Hussain24 June 2024 13:44

Ukraine says Russian missiles kill four people and injure 34 in eastern Ukrainian city of Pokrovsk

At least four people were killed and 34 others injured, including two children, by Russian missiles in the eastern Ukrainian city of Pokrovsk on Monday, the regional governor said.

“This is one of the largest enemy attacks on civilians in recent times,” Vadym Filashkin said on Telegram.

Images shared alongside his post showed single-story buildings with broken windows, destroyed roofs, and bricks and construction debris scattered everywhere.

Filashkin said Russian troops fired two Iskander-M ballistic missiles at the town, which is about 24 kilometers from the front line. The attack destroyed one private house and damaged 16 others, he added.

One rocket hit, followed by a second one half an hour later, the Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office said in a statement. A gas pipeline and cars were also damaged in the attacks, it said.

Maryam Zakir Hussain24 June 2024 13:24

In pictures: Burnt-out synagogue in Derbent after attack in Dagestan

Sergei Melikov, the head of the government of the Dagestan region, visits the synagogue in Derbent after an attack by armed men and a fire.

(Dagestani authorities/Reuters)
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(Dagestani authorities/Reuters)

Maryam Zakir Hussain24 June 2024 12:54

Russia claims the US programmed and guided the missiles that hit Crimea

The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Monday that the missiles used in Sunday's attack on Crimea were programmed by US specialists and guided based on intelligence data from US satellites and a nearby US reconnaissance drone.

The ministry had previously summoned the US ambassador on Monday to inform her that Moscow held Kiev and Washington equally responsible for the deadly attack on the city of Sevastopol in Crimea.

Maryam Zakir Hussain24 June 2024 12:28

North Korea warns US of ‘new world war’ over support for Ukraine

High-ranking North Korean military officials on Monday criticized the United States for its expanded military aid to Ukraine and warned of a “new world war.”

North Korea's Deputy Defense Minister Kim Kang Il said the deployment of a U.S. aircraft carrier to the Korean peninsula was a “very dangerous” show of force and opened the door for North Korea's “overwhelming new show of deterrence,” state media KCNA reported.

The U.S. nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt arrived in the South Korean port city of Busan on Saturday to take part in joint military exercises with the host nation and Japan later this month, naval officials said.

Just days after Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Pyongyang, Pak Jong Chon, one of North Korea's highest-ranking military officials, said Moscow had the “right to choose any kind of retaliatory strike” if Washington continued to pressure Ukraine into a “proxy war” against Russia.

This could lead to a more violent reaction from Moscow and a “new world war,” Pak said, according to KCNA.

Joe Middleton24 June 2024 11:53

Farage accused of 'playing into Putin's hands' as he doubles down on comments on Ukraine invasion

This did not stop Mr Farage from reiterating his original remarks on a BBC programme. panorama Interview, which aired on Friday evening, in a column on Saturday afternoon for the Daily Telegraphand claimed that he “cannot be blamed for telling the truth about Putin’s war.”

Maryam Zakir Hussain24 June 2024 11:00

Despite curfew, Ukrainians celebrate Midsummer with bonfire jumping at a festival with pagan roots

Despite wartime restrictions, Ukrainians celebrated Midsummer Night with festivities that included wild folk dancing, floral decorations, and jumping over bonfires.

Sunday's Ivana Kupala festival came at a time when Ukrainians are entering their third summer of war. Power outages and night-time curfews are a regular occurrence in Kyiv and other cities.

An hour's drive south of the capital, several thousand people took part in the summer festival, many wearing shirts and dresses embroidered with traditional patterns.

Maryam Zakir Hussain24 June 2024 10:30

Three injured after Russian missile attack on Odessa

A Russian missile attack on the southern Ukrainian city of Odessa hit civilian infrastructure and injured at least three people on Monday morning, regional governor Oleh Kiper said.

The attack damaged a storage facility where around 50 people worked, military and regional authorities said.

The Air Force said it had prevented one of two cruise missiles fired by Russia from reaching its target.

Mr Kiper said via the messaging app Telegram that two middle-aged men and a 19-year-old boy had been hospitalized.

The Air Force had warned the city's residents of the threat of attacking missiles before the explosions were heard.

Odessa was a frequent target of Russian forces during the 28-month invasion, with many attacks targeting the city's port facilities. Russia denies carrying out attacks on civilians or civilian infrastructure.

Joe Middleton24 June 2024 10:15

With its new pact with North Korea, Russia is upping the ante against the West over Ukraine

Behind the smiles, balloons and red carpet pageantry of President Vladimir Putin's visit to North Korea last week, a strong message was evident: In the escalating confrontation with the United States and its allies over Ukraine, the Russian president is more willing than ever to challenge Western interests.

The pact he signed with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un provides for mutual military support between Moscow and Pyongyang in the event of an attack. Putin also announced for the first time that Russia could supply the isolated country with weapons. This move could destabilize the Korean peninsula and have repercussions far beyond.

Maryam Zakir Hussain24 June 2024 10:00

Ukraine sends over 30 drones to Russia after a bombing raid on Kharkiv killed three people and injured dozens

Russian authorities said more than 30 drones were shot down over the country's western regions on Sunday night, just hours after a Russian bombing raid on Kharkiv, Ukraine's second-largest city, killed three people and sent dozens to hospitals.

One of the four aerial bombs hit a five-story residential building on Saturday afternoon, officials said. Regional governor Oleh Syniehubov said 41 people were still being treated for injuries.

In a video address after the attack, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called on Ukraine's partners to strengthen their air defenses.

Maryam Zakir Hussain24 June 2024 09:38