August 14, 2022

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It’s 2 p.m. {29-06-2022} in Kyiv. Here’s what you need to know

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NATO leaders have reiterated their support for Ukraine and announced increased security deployments on the eastern edge of the military alliance, as Russian forces make progress in their campaign to encircle the city of Lysychansk.

Here are the latest headlines:

  • NATO bids: NATO leaders will decide at a summit in Madrid whether to invite Finland and Sweden to join the security alliance after Turkey agreed to support their membership bid. It comes after Turkey, Finland and Sweden signed a joint memorandum on Tuesday. Ankara had previously objected over concerns about terrorism and arms exports. Following Wednesday’s decision, a ratification process will need to take place in all NATO capitals, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said.
  • NATO ramps up deployments: Leaders of the military alliance are expected to announce significant strengthening of forces along its eastern edge, with US President Joe Biden listing new troop movements, equipment shipments and military installations meant to demonstrate the importance of security as Russia’s war in Ukraine grinds on.
  • Scholz underlines support for Ukraine: German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said that NATO allies would continue to help Ukraine defend itself against Russia for “as long and as intensively as it is necessary.”
  • Battle for Lysychansk: Russian forces already control the southern and eastern approaches to Lysychansk, and fighting continues close to the main highway southwest of the city, where a large oil refinery is situated, the Ukrainian military’s General Staff said early Thursday.
  • Referendum in Kherson: Russian-backed authorities in Ukraine’s southern region of Kherson say they are preparing for a referendum to join the Russian Federation. Kirill Stremousov, deputy head of the military-civilian administration of the Kherson region, said in an interview on his Telegram channel: “Yes, we are preparing for the referendum, and we will hold it.”
  • Search continues at bombed shopping mall: Clearing the wreckage at the shopping mall in the center of Kremenchuk which was hit by a Russian missile on Monday will take two to three days, according to a regional official. At least 18 civilians were killed in the strike, with another 58 people injured. A video of the missile strike has emerged online.
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