265th day since the start of the war: The US and Russia are apparently negotiating in Turkey. Selenskys recaptured Cherson. All information on news blog.
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Night at a glance: Ukraine’s military does not want to negotiate
6 o’clock: According to the commander-in-chief of Ukraine’s military, Valery Zalushny, there will be no compromises in liberating the country from Russian occupation. Salushanji made the announcement after a phone conversation with US Chief of Staff Mark Milley. “Our goal is to liberate the entire country of Ukraine from Russian occupation,” Zalushnyi wrote on Telegram on Monday. The otherwise reserved general held out against sporadic suggestions from Western supporters that Ukraine should not rule out a negotiated solution. Here is a brief account of what happened that night.
EU Council President Michel: Agreement on Draft G20 Declaration
1:54 am: According to the European Council president, Charles Michel, the EU’s chief negotiator and 19 leading economic powers agreed on a draft joint final declaration shortly before the start of the G20 summit in Indonesia. Read more here.
Meanwhile, Michel wants to increase pressure on Russia to end the war in Ukraine. “We should use the G20 meeting to convince all partners to put more pressure on Russia,” Michel said at a press conference in Bali. The best way to address the food crisis is for Russia to end its senseless war in Ukraine. He has no plans to meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on the sidelines of the G-20 summit.
PENTAGON: Russian troops have entrenched themselves on the banks of the Dnipro
2 o’clock: The US Department of Defense expects Russian troops to entrench themselves on the opposite east bank of the Dnipro River after Ukraine retakes the city of Cherson. A senior Pentagon official insisted Monday that thousands of Russian troops are on the east side of the river. “Our current assessment is that they want to keep this area under their control.” Currently there is no evidence that Ukrainian units have crossed the river.
On the east bank, the Russians occupied most of the Cherson region. Ukraine announced that it wanted to liberate all areas of the country from Russian occupation with the help of arms and ammunition supplies from the West.
Sunak pledged continued support for Ukraine
1.17 am: British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak reiterated his support for Ukraine at the G20 summit. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime “will hear a global chorus of opposition to its actions,” Sunak said. “Russia’s actions endanger us all.”
As long as the war in Ukraine continues, Russia’s role in the international system will never be normalized. Sunak is expected to meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the summit in Bali, Indonesia.
Zelensky welcomed the US and Chinese statements on the nuclear threat
00:23: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky welcomed the US and China’s condemnation of threats to use nuclear weapons. “It is important that the United States and China together make it clear that the threat of using nuclear weapons is unacceptable. Everyone understands who these words are addressed to,” Zelensky said of the two countries’ separate statements after the meeting with US President Joe Biden. Biden with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping ahead of the G20 summit in Bali.
According to the US, both men have spoken out against Russian threats to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine. According to Chinese accounts, Xi supports new peace talks between the Moscow and Kyiv governments.