Direct Blog |  Dead in Odessa missile strike;  Moscow says it has won an oil refinery

Direct Blog | Dead in Odessa missile strike; Moscow says it has won an oil refinery


Kiev wants to reopen schools after the summer holidays

14:15 | Schools in the Ukrainian capital Kiev will reopen in September with the start of the new school year. City authorities announced this Friday.

Since the Russian invasion on February 24, only online classes have been taught in Kiev. Summer holidays have now begun.

“The most important thing for the new school year is the safety of students and teachers,” says Kiev education manager Olena Fidanjan. He says the accommodation of these schools is provided with water, medicine and other necessities.

“At the beginning of the school year, all schools will provide valuable training to students and teachers on what to do if the air strike alarm goes off,” said Fidanjan. He points out that children who have not yet been able to return to Kiev can pursue distance education.

In the first weeks of the war, the Russian army advanced toward Kiev, but has now turned its attention to the eastern Donbas region and withdrew from the Kiev region. Hundreds of thousands of residents have returned to the capital in recent weeks.

Borscht threatens the Ukrainian world heritage

13:30 | The United Nations has declared the borscht vegetable soup as the endangered Ukraine’s World Heritage Site. The United Nations cultural agency UNESCO fears the consequences of the practice in Ukraine due to the Russian invasion of February 24.

The Ukrainian government in Kiev welcomes UNESCO’s decision as a victory in the ‘fierce war’ with Russia. Because the Russians also claim beetroot soup as a national dish. Moscow therefore strongly opposes UNESCO’s move.

“Victory is ours,” said Ukraine’s culture minister. And according to him, Ukraine will also win another war against Russia. Borscht, also labeled as borscht or borscht, is popular in many Eastern European countries.

Paul McCartney at a TV concert

13:00 | Paul McCartney, Billie Eilish and his brother Finneas attend a TV festival to raise money for Ukraine. On July 3, the festival will be shown on American channels NBC, MSNBC and CNBC.

Alicia Keys, Jon Batiste, Kristen Bell, Brandi Carlile, Julianne Moore and Sheryl Crow have previously joined the project. The festival lasts an hour and spectators can donate money to the International Rescue Committee, an organization that helps people affected by humanitarian disasters.

Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky is also involved in the music festival. He addresses the audience in a video message. NBC News provides photos and reports from Ukraine.

Moscow: ‘Oil refinery wins’

12:30 | Russian troops and pro-Russian militants have reportedly seized a Ukrainian oil refinery in the city of Lischansk. The Russian news agency RIA Novosti reports that on the basis of the Russian Ministry of Defense. The reports have not been verified by Ukraine or independent observers.

Lischansk is the last major city in the eastern part of Luhansk that the Russians have not yet conquered. There is intense fighting.

On Thursday, Governor Sergei Gaidai of the Luhansk region said it was no longer possible to evacuate civilians left out of Lischansk because of Russian missiles. He then denied the Russian claim that they already had half the city in their hands.

Dead and injured in rocket impact

09:45 | At least 17 people have been killed and 30 others injured in a rocket attack on an apartment building in the Ukrainian port city of Odessa. The Ukrainian military says the missile was fired by a Russian warplane flying over the Black Sea. Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russian troops were not responsible for the incident.

Japanese commercial houses under pressure

08:22 | Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decree on Friday caused tensions between trading houses on the Japanese stock market. Putin announced the relocation of the Sakhalin 2 natural gas plant to a new Russian institution. With this, Moscow could force companies to get out of a major energy project.

The Japanese companies Mitsui & Co and Mitsubishi together have a combined 22.5 percent interest in the Sakhalin project. In the stock market in Japan, Mitsubishi lost more than 5 percent and Mitsui & Co fell 6 percent. According to Moscow, intervention is important because of Russia’s national interests and economic security, the statement said. Stakeholders have one month to say whether they want to take a stake in the new company.

Japanese LNG buyers were also under pressure in the Tokyo stock market. For example, Tokyo Gas and Osaka Gas lost about 10 percent. Liquid LNG gas from Sakhalin 2 station accounted for approximately 9 percent of Japan’s total LNG imports in 2020. That equates to approximately 3 percent of total of energy supply in the country.

Concerns about the economic downturn are causing oil prices to plummet

07:36 | Oil prices also fell slightly on Friday. This looks like the third week in a row, the longest series this year. Concerns about a possible recession have an impact on oil prices, because energy demands are usually low during the recession. For an American oil barrel, $ 105.49 had to be paid pre-trade on Friday. Brent’s oil barrel cost $ 108.91.

Earlier this week, data came out of U.S. consumer spending, which was lower than expected. Expenditure is the largest contributor to GDP of the world’s largest economy. Central bank policies to control inflation also fuel fears of a recession. Economic figures from Asia also showed declining conditions.

Oil prices fell by about 8 June. The decline follows a period of sharp price increases due to the war in Ukraine, supply problems and rising demand. Rising prices were a reason for US President Joe Biden to persuade producers in the Middle East to increase crude oil production.

At least 14 people have been killed in a Russian rocket attack on an Odessa apartment building

02:55 | A Russian missile struck an apartment building in the port city of Odessa, Ukraine, on the Black Sea, on Friday night. At least 14 people have been killed as a result, a local official reported in the Telegraph.

Earlier, unconfirmed reports circulated on social media that ten people had died in the night incident, including three children.

According to the official, who relied on news from the Ukrainian army, the missile attack came from “strategic planes over the Black Sea”. A second missile is also said to have been fired, which hit the entertainment center. One part of the nine-story building was completely destroyed, the official said: “Rescue workers have already provided medical care to seven casualties, including three children.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin denies that Moscow troops were involved in the attack.

Turkey threatens to prevent Sweden and Finland from joining NATO

02:00 | Turkey still threatens to prevent Sweden and Finland from joining NATO if they do not adhere to the terms of the agreement. Then they will not receive the required approval from the Turkish parliament, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned at a NATO summit in Madrid.

Turkey offered its opposition by accepting the two northern European countries at the start of the summit. For its part, Sweden and Finland pledged, among other things, to lift arms embargoes in Turkey and to crack down on the Kurdish terrorist group PKK. But the agreement is being interpreted differently in Ankara than in Stockholm and Helsinki, for example those relating to the repatriation of terrorist suspects with whom Turkey has high hopes.

‘Sixteen million Ukrainians need humanitarian aid’

00:01 | About 16 million Ukrainians need humanitarian assistance. This is reported by CNN according to the UN coordinator in Ukraine, Osnat Loebrani.

The residents need food, health care, clean drinking water and a roof over their heads, says Loebrani. About six million people in the country have been displaced by the war, he says, and another five million have fled the country.

The situation in the war-torn port city of Mariupol is dire. According to the exiled mayor, there is a wave of infectious diseases looming. Most of the houses and sewers have been destroyed. There is also an increase in the amount of waste on the streets.