As the Russia-Ukraine war enters its 128th day, we take a look at the main developments.Here are the key events so far on Friday, June 1.
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A Russian missile struck a multi-storey apartment building near the Black Sea port of Odesa early on Friday, killing at least 14 people and wounding 30, Ukrainian officials have said. Ukraine said another missile hit two buildings in a recreational centre in the region, killing at least three people and wounding another.
Russia’s defence ministry announced its troops had withdrawn from Snake Island in the Black Sea. Russia said the move was a “gesture of goodwill” aimed at demonstrating Moscow’s support for restarting food exports from Ukraine’s ports, but Ukrainian officials said the country’s forces forced the withdrawal.
Moscow kept up its push to take control of Lysychansk on Thursday, the last remaining Ukrainian stronghold in eastern Luhansk province, with Russia’s separatist proxies claiming they had entered the city. Russian forces have captured part of the Lysychansk oil refinery, some 17km (10.5 miles) southwest of the city, the governor of Luhansk said.
A Ukrainian brigadier general estimated that Russia had hit 68 civilian sites in the second half of June.
Plans by Finland and Sweden to join the NATO alliance send a clear signal to Russia that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s strategies are wrong and self-defeating, French President Emmanuel Macron said.
Indonesia will continue cooperation with Russia, President Joko Widodo told reporters after meeting Putin in Moscow.
Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said a new “iron curtain” was descending betw …