- Turkey raised its veto power over Finland and Sweden’s bid to join NATO, after the three nations agreed to protect each other’s security.
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told the United Nations Security Council that Russian President Vladimir Putin is a “terrorist” and called for Russia’s expulsion from the United Nations.
- Zelenskyy also called on the UN to do everything to stem the “killing wave” before Russia’s “terrorist activity” spreads to other European and Asian countries.
- Russia’s deputy UN ambassador told UNSC there was no Russian attack on a shopping mall in the central Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk.
- He claimed that Moscow’s precision weapons hit the hangars in the Kremenchuk sugar machinery factory, creating flames that spread to the shopping center.
Here are the latest updates:
Turkey lifts veto power over Finland, Sweden bid for NATO
Turkey has rescinded its veto over Finland and Sweden’s bid to join the Western alliance after the three nations agreed to protect each other’s security, ending a week-long documentary. investigate the unity of the allies against the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the agreement addressed “Turkey’s concerns including arms exports and the fight against terrorism”.
“Finland and Sweden pledge their full support to Turkiye [Turkey] against threats to its national security. This includes further amending their domestic laws, blocking PKK activities and signing an agreement with Turkiye on extradition,” he said after talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. , Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson and Finnish President Sauli Niinisto.
The breakthrough came after four hours of talks just before the NATO summit began in Madrid, averting the embarrassing stalemate that brought together 30 leaders to demonstrate their resolve against Russia. It means Helsinki and Stockholm can proceed with their applications to join their nuclear-armed alliance.
UK defense spending expected to hit 2.3% of GDP this year
UK defense spending is expected to hit 2.3% of gross domestic product (GDP) this year due to increased military support to Ukraine amid Russia’s invasion of the country, the government said in a statement.
NATO estimates the UK will spend 2.12% of GDP in 2022, down from an estimate of 2.26% in 2021 but still well above the 2% threshold that the Atlantic alliance requires members to meet. .
Zelenskyy shares footage of Kremenchuk being attacked
Zelenskyy shared security camera footage of the moment the Kremenchuk shopping center was hit by a Russian missile on Monday and said the attack was carried out intentionally.
“The Russian missile hit this object on purpose. Obviously, it was an order. It is clear that the Russian assassins received such coordinates for this missile,” Zelenskyy said in a video speech on Tuesday evening.
Moscow says it attacked an armory nearby and falsely claims that the mall is empty. Zelenskyy’s late-night speech criticized what he said were Russian lies.
“And I want to speak specifically about the responsibility of those Russian propagandists who lie about this terrorist incident, who are trying to justify the actions of the Russian military. Each of you will also be punished. We have all the evidence of what the Russian military is doing against our people,” he said.
Western countries turn Ukraine into ‘anti-Russia’: Moscow’s UN envoy
Russia’s special envoy to the United Nations told the UN Security Council that Ukraine is being turned “anti-Russian” at the behest of some Western countries.
Dmitry Polyansky said that by supplying Ukraine with weapons, Western nations are buying time to buy Ukraine’s leaders “will sit at the negotiating table with a pragmatic stance rather than with slogans”. .
“We have begun a special military operation to prevent the shelling of the Donbas of Ukraine and to the territory of this country, which has been turned anti-Russian by order of several Western countries, as well as its nationalist leadership. , is no longer a threat to Russia or the people in the south and southeast of Ukraine,” he said.
“And until those goals are achieved, our operations will continue.”
No Russian attack on shopping malls: UN envoy in Moscow
Russia’s deputy UN ambassador has told the UN Security Council that there was no Russian attack on a shopping mall in the central Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk, which officials say is at least 18 people were killed and 59 others were injured.
Dmitry Polyansky said Russian precision weapons hit the hangars in the Kremenchuk sugar machinery factory with weapons and ammunition from the United States and Europe destined for the Ukrainian army in the east of the Donbas. The mall was some distance away but the explosion of the ammunition “created a fire that then spread to the mall,” he said.
Ukraine convened the council meeting after Russia increased its recent attacks, including an airstrike on a crowded shopping mall on Monday.
Zelenskyy told the council that “dozens of people were missing” and body pieces had been found, including hands and feet, adding that unfortunately there could be more victims.
Zelenskyy calls for expulsion of Russia from UN
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has urged the United Nations to set up an international tribunal to investigate “the actions of the occupying Russian troops on Ukrainian soil” and hold the country accountable.
“We need to act urgently to do everything to get Russia to stop killing,” Zelenskyy said in a speech to the United Nations Security Council. He warned that otherwise, Russia’s “terrorist activity” would spread to other European and Asian countries, excluding the Baltic states, Poland, Moldova and Kazakhstan.
“Putin has become a terrorist,” he said. “Terrorist acts every day, no weekend. Every day they are working like terrorists.”
Zelenskyy also called on Russia to expel from the 193-member United Nations, citing Article 6 of the UN Charter which states that a member “who has repeatedly violated the principles contained in this Charter may be subject to expulsion by the General Assembly”. co-exclusion from the organization on recommendation. of the Security Council. “
You can read all the updates from June 28 here.