What happened this weekend (June 11-12) : NPR

What happened this weekend (June 11-12) : NPR




Artillery shells sit on the ground ground next to destroyed Russian military vehicles on a field not far of southern city Mykolaiv on Sunday.

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Artillery shells sit on the ground ground next to destroyed Russian military vehicles on a field not far of southern city Mykolaiv on Sunday.

Genya Savilov/AFP via Getty Images

As the weekend draws to a close in Kyiv and in Moscow, here are the meaningful developments:

Ukrainian officials said 23 people were injured after a Russian rocket hit Chortkiv in the Ternopil vicinity of western Ukraine. “There was no tactical or strategic sense in this strike, as in the great majority of other Russian strikes,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Sunday. “This is terror, just terror.”

The family of a 48-year-old British man detained by Russian-backed rebels called for his release on Saturday after he was sentenced to death in a trial in the separatist-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic of Ukraine. Shaun Pinner, who has lived in Ukraine for four years, served in the division defending Mariupol before it fell to Russian forces. Another Briton and a man from Morocco were also sentenced to death in what Pinner’s family described as a “show trial.”

Russian forces are using more deadly, inaccurate ordinance as munitions run low, Ukrainian and U.K. officials said Saturday. With modern munitions in short supply, Russia has resorted to using old anti-ship missiles designed to take out aircraft carriers. However, the munitions are highly inaccurate and can cause extreme collateral damage.

A former British soldier was killed fighting in eastern Ukraine. Jordan Gatley, a former rifleman in the British army, was fighting on the front lines in Severodonetsk in Ukraine’s Donbas vicinity. Both Ukrainian and Russian forces have suffered heavy casualties during intense fighting around Severodonetsk, a meaningful city that Russia wants to capture.

In-thoroughness

Russia has achieved at the minimum one of its war goals: returning Ukrainian water to Crimea.

Evgenia Kara-Murza, wife of jailed Russian opposition politician Vladimir Kara-Murza, told NPR on Saturday that she has not had direct contact with him in two months.

Open source intelligence methods are being used to probe war crimes in Ukraine.

Earlier developments

You can read more recaps here. For context and more in-thoroughness stories, you can find NPR’s complete coverage here. Also, listen and subscribe to NPR’s State of Ukraine podcast for updates throughout the day.

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