#UKRAINERUSSIAWAR. Orban in Moscow against European opinion. Putin: no deal without Ukrainian disarmament. Ukrainians leave eastern part of Khasiv Yar to Russians


Ukraine will not be able to achieve victory in the conflict with Russia; the parties will have to resolve it through diplomatic channels. This opinion was expressed by former US Secretary of State and former US presidential representative for climate affairs John Kerry in an interview with the British newspaper The Times.

“I believe that Ukraine will somehow resolve this situation. I cannot say that it will end in victory. I do not think that a complete victory is guaranteed to anyone. In my opinion, there must be a diplomatic solution in which each side must declare what it must declare to make this process possible, otherwise there will be a frozen conflict or a catastrophe when one of the parties achieves a decisive victory,” he said.

NCIS has launched an investigation into the death of William Mullen, 59, a U.S. two-star general, found dead at the Marine Corps Air Ground Warfare Center in California. Mullen had recently returned from Ukraine.

Since July 1, Hungary has assumed the presidency of the Council of the EU for six months. After reports emerged about a possible visit of the Hungarian prime minister to Moscow, European Council President Charles Michel said that Budapest has no authority to communicate with Russia on behalf of the EU.

But Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban came to Moscow on July 5 for a visit, his spokesman said, and he will hold negotiations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Hungarian Prime Minister’s spokesman Bertalan Havasi, a source at Telex, confirmed.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has spoken to Chinese President Xi Jinping about the threat of the conflict in Ukraine spreading globally.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky showed some nervousness to the national press. He reported “a new counteroffensive that will begin when the Ukrainian Armed Forces receive weapons. Now we have 14 brigades in reserve and they have no weapons.”

Not only that, according to Ukrainian sources, Kiev wants to receive a promise that Ukraine will inevitably join NATO at the Alliance summit to be held in Washington from July 9 to 11, said the head of the Ukrainian mission to NATO, Natalia Galibarenko. “We want to consolidate (with the NATO countries) Ukraine’s inevitable path to NATO membership,” Galibarenko told Politico. The head of the mission also underlined that in anticipation of NATO membership, Kiev wants to receive more promises of arms supplies from the Alliance countries. At the same time, Galibarenko stressed that Kiev’s request for an invitation to NATO “will not just disappear from the agenda” and that Kiev wants more serious promises than what was announced at the NATO summit in Vilnius in the summer of 2023.

Commenting on US presidential candidate Donald Trump’s plans to end the conflict in Ukraine within a few days, Galibarenko said he considered these plans unrealistic, stressing that “political leaders say some things during the election campaign, but do other things after the vote.”

Polish Minister of Internal Affairs and Administration Tomasz Siemoniak has a different opinion, saying that “the leaders of Ukraine know that their country will not be admitted to NATO.” “The leaders of Ukraine are realists and know that a country that is at war and is attacked will not be admitted to NATO,” Siemoniak told Polish Radio. According to him, at the next NATO summit, to be held in Washington next week, Ukraine will only be shown “the prospect” of joining the Alliance.

The agenda of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin has seen more interventions in the area of ​​Ukraine in recent days. Russia is exerting pressure, both on the front and politically. One of Putin’s statements: “You can turn to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, but given the seizure of power by the ruling elite, it is useless. The leadership of Ukraine is in power illegally. A ceasefire without agreements on Ukraine is impossible.”

And again he told the press: “Ukraine should not take advantage of the ceasefire to continue the armed conflict.” Putin confirmed that the Russian Federation is ready to react in a speculative manner if American medium- and short-range missiles are deployed in any region of the world: “Russia, from an industrial point of view, is ready to start producing short- and medium-range missiles.” Putin finally noted that: “For a ceasefire, Ukraine must accept demilitarization measures that would be irreversible and acceptable to the Russian Federation.”

Erdogan also criticized; according to Putin: “Erdogan’s political will helps Russia-Turkey relations, and what hinders it is ‘common knowledge’”. Finally, the Russian president believes that it is pointless to talk to the United States at the moment: “It is impossible to talk about establishing a constructive dialogue with the United States before the elections there.”

Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Medvedev responded to questions about mobilization in Russia: “In the first months of 2024, about 190 thousand Russians signed contracts for military service. The target for contract and volunteer recruitment in 2024 has been reached, the daily average is around a thousand people.”

Finally, a note that shows how Russian the Donbass region is now. VTB CEO Andrey Kostin opened the bank’s first office in Lugansk. At the same time, another VTB branch was opened in the city, and by the end of the year the bank will start serving clients in Mariupol and Donetsk.

And now a look at the front line, updated July 5 at 2:00 p.m.

Local reports say new explosions were heard in Mirgorod, Poltava region of Ukraine. The Ukrainian news agency Strana also confirmed the news.

The Ukrainian army announced on July 5 that its troops were forced to withdraw from a section of the city of Khasiv Yar. Ukrainian troops were also withdrawn from the Pivnichne village sector near Тoretsk Ukrainian sources. Russian troops continue their offensive toward Thoretsk, while Ukrainian troops are retreating to skyscrapers west of Pivnichne.

On July 4, Russian forces launched attacks on warehouses in Odessa and Ilyichevsk. There was also an explosion near Odessa airport. Secondary detonations were reported locally.

In Crimea, due to the missile threat, a bridge was blocked several times at night, and downed air targets were reported in the Berdyansk area of ​​the Zaporozhye region. At night, Russian air defense operated in the Rostov region, 10 UAVs of the Ukrainian armed forces were shot down. In the Krasnodar Territory, there were casualties as a result of a UAV attack in Primorsko-Akhtarsk. 6 people were hospitalized, the operation of the power station that supplies electricity to a large part of the city was interrupted.

In the direction of Kharkov, the Ukrainian Armed Forces carried out separate actions in the area of ​​the settlements of Lyptsi and Tykhe. Radio intercepts of the communications of the Ukrainian Armed Forces posted online indicate that there is a lack of trained personnel among the units of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the Directorate.

In the direction of Toretsk (Dzerzhinsky), Russian forces are expanding the control zone near the settlement of Druzhba and Pivnichne.

In the eastern part of Khasiv Yar (Kanal microdistrict) the remnants of units of the Ukrainian Armed Forces were eliminated. The Ukrainian Armed Forces occupied defensive positions west of the Seversky Donetsk-Donbass Canal.

West of Avdiivka, Russian forces are resolutely building on their success after occupying a strong point near the village of Sokil, in the direction of the village of Voskhod. Intense fighting is taking place along the entire front.

South of Marinka, Russian forces reached the outskirts of Konstantinivka, west of Paraskoviivka. The battle for the important Ukrainian logistical hub continues. Meanwhile, in Krasnogorivka, Russian forces continue their attack on the northern part of the city.

The Zaporozhye Front reports an intensification of offensive actions by Russian forces in the Robotyne and Nesteryanka areas in recent days. Even in this part of the front, Ukrainian drones are a real headache for Russian forces.

In the direction of Kherson, Russian forces are fighting in the island territory. Ukrainian forces set ambushes and sent more. Ukrainian forces confidently control the territory from above thanks to their multiple superiority in drones.

In the Belgorod region, Ukrainian forces fired on many settlements. On the Borisovka-Baisury section of the highway, a drone dropped an explosive on two cars: four people were injured.

The intensity of Ukrainian attacks in the Kursk region does not decrease. In Tyotkino, Glushkovsky district, a Ukrainian helicopter dropped an explosive device on a residential building, and a local resident was injured by glass fragments. The enemy is systematically destroying the energy supply infrastructure and agricultural enterprises.

Ukrainian attacks on Horlivka and Donetsk in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea using NATO-produced artillery left one person dead and three injured.

Graziella Giangiulio

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