In the worst internal purge of the war, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy removed his childhood buddy as head of Ukraine’s security service and another close associate as top prosecutor, claiming their failure to find Russian spies.

FIGHTING

  • According to the State Emergency Service, a Russian shell burst into a two-story building in the eastern Ukrainian town of Toretsk on Monday, killing six civilians who were sheltering there.
  • After Western-supplied weaponry were deployed to strike Russian supply lines, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu directed generals to prioritize the destruction of Ukraine’s long-range missile and artillery systems.
  • According to British military intelligence, Russia has used the private military contractor Wagner to reinforce its frontline forces in Ukraine.
  • According to Russia’s defense ministry, its planes shot down a Ukrainian MI-17 helicopter near the eastern town of Sloviansk and an SU-25 plane in the Kharkiv region.

ECONOMY

  • According to a letter obtained by Reuters, Russia’s Gazprom has informed clients in Europe that it cannot guarantee gas deliveries due to “extraordinary” conditions.

The letter, dated July 14, stated that the Russian state gas monopoly had declared force majeure on deliveries beginning June 14.

  • Foreign friends must strengthen financial support for Ukraine in order for the country to retain financial stability throughout the battle with Russia, according to a Ukrainian presidential office adviser.
  • According to Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, officials from Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, and the United Nations would most likely meet this week to discuss restoring Ukraine’s Black Sea grain shipments.

SOCIETY

  • Dozens of family and local residents attended Liza Dmytrieva’s funeral on Sunday, one of 24 people killed in a Russian missile strike in Vinnytsia last week.

DIPLOMACY

  • EU foreign ministers agree to another 500 million euros ($504 million) in funding for weaponry supplies to Ukraine, bringing the bloc’s security assistance to 2.5 billion euros since Russia’s invasion began.
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin will go to Tehran on Tuesday for a meeting with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, his first trip outside the former Soviet Union since the invasion of Ukraine.

Source: Reuters

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