Russian Journalist Auctions Nobel Peace Prize for $103.5 Million to Benefit Ukraine

Dmitry Muratov, the Russian editor of the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta, auctioned off his Nobel Peace Prize gold medal on Monday for a whopping $103.5 million to benefit children displaced by war in Ukraine. The medal was sold to an as yet unidentified telephone bidder at the New York sale organized by Heritage Auctions.

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dmitry Muratov, editor-in-chief of Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, holds a copy of his article after the conclusion of the auction during a charity auction at the Times Center on June 20, 2022 in New York City.

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A woman holds Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov’s 2021 Nobel Peace Prize medal in New York, June 20, 2022.

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Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov (2L) reacts on stage to the offer of $103.5 million to buy his 2021 Nobel Peace Prize medal in New York, June 20, 2022. Dmitry Muratov, the Russian editor of the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta, auctioned off its gold Nobel Peace Prize medal for the colossal sum of $103.5 million on Monday to benefit children displaced by war in Ukraine. The medal was sold to an as yet unidentified telephone bidder at the New York sale organized by Heritage Auctions.

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UK to impose more sanctions on Russia: Foreign Secretary

The UK will continue to impose more sanctions on Russia to increase pressure on it, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said.

“We are determined to provide more weapons, impose more sanctions and help Ukraine push Russia out of its territory,” Truss said in an address to the British Parliament.

British sanctions against Russia have targeted a range of sectors, people and industries since Moscow took the decision to invade Ukraine in late February.

So far, however, Russia’s current account remains in healthy surplus and its currency is considered one of the best performers this year thanks to high oil and gas prices and the billions it earns per week in selling energy to customers, mainly the EU.

—Natasha Turak

Russia blocks the site of the British newspaper Telegraph

The website of Britain’s Telegraph newspaper has been blocked in Russia, Reuters reported, following a decision by the country’s attorney general.

State communications regulator Roskomnadzor said online access to the British newspaper had been cut due to its dissemination of “inaccurate information about the special military operation carried out by the Russian armed forces on the territory of Ukraine”. , according to the official TASS news agency.

Moscow still calls its war in Ukraine a “special military operation” and has cracked down hard on independent reporting and criticism of it. He has blocked the websites of several foreign media which he accuses of publishing “false information” about the conflict.

Several Western countries have also blocked the ability of Russian state media to broadcast in their jurisdictions. The Russian government announced shortly after its invasion of Ukraine began that anyone spreading “fake news” about the war could face up to 15 years in prison. The Kremlin controls the vast majority of news media in Russia.

—Natasha Turak

Mykolaiv in the south and Kharkiv in the east attacked, officials say

The main cities of Mykolaiv, a port to the south, and Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city to the northeast, have both come under heavy attack, according to officials from the respective regions.

Mykolaiv Regional Council head Hanna Zamazeeva said on her Telegram account on Tuesday that Russian forces continued to fire on Mykolaiv and hit targets across the city, injuring 15 people.

An aerial view of settlements completely destroyed after shelling, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Russian border in Kharkiv, eastern Ukraine, June 12, 2022.

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Meanwhile, Oleh Synehubov, the head of the Kharkiv regional military administration, said on his Telegram account that Russian forces fired on various parts of the city, damaging and destroying various public and commercial buildings.

Synehubov said three people had been killed and seven injured in the past 24 hours.

A Ukrainian woman fetches water in Mykolaiv, Ukraine, on June 12, 2022.

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Mykolaiv and Kharkiv are key targets for Russian forces, as controlling these cities would allow Russian forces to occupy a larger area in the east and south of the country.

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‘Calm before the storm’ as Russian forces regroup in eastern Ukraine: governor

The governor of the Luhansk region where the heaviest fighting between Ukrainian and Russian troops is taking place said he was witnessing the “calm before the storm” after a relatively quiet night on the front line.

Serhiy Haidai, the governor of Lugansk province where heavy fighting is taking place in and around the cities of Severodonetsk and Lysychansk, said in his Facebook update on Tuesday that Russian forces had stopped to regroup.

He said that “a difficult period has passed in the Lugansk region, after a whole day of advances in all directions” by Russian forces.

Haidai said Russian forces had set June 26 as the deadline to take the Luhansk region, although he did not give the source of this information. “In five days it won’t happen,” he said, adding that Ukrainian forces in the area were still waiting for long-range artillery.

Ukraine desperately needs longer-range weapons to help turn the tide of the battle in eastern Ukraine, where Russia has made slow but steady progress in territorial gains.

—Holly Ellyatt

Russia says it can’t guarantee captured US fighters won’t face death penalty

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov during an event during Russia’s Victory Day commemorations in Moscow on May 9, 2022.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman told NBC News on Monday that Moscow will not guarantee that two American veterans who fought captured in Ukraine will not face the death penalty.

‘It depends on the investigation,’ Dmitry Peskov told NBC News when asked if Alexander Drueke and Andy Huynh would ‘suffer the same fate’ as two British citizens and a Moroccan man sentenced to death by a separatist ‘court’ pro-Russian. widely seen as a kangaroo court – in eastern Ukraine this month.

Peskov said Drueke and Huynh were “involved in illegal activities” in Ukraine and said “those guys on the battlefield were shooting at our military. They were putting their lives in danger,” NBC reported.

“There will be a court, and there will be a court decision,” Peskov said, adding, “They should be punished.”

Holly Ellyatt

‘You are my hero’: Ben Stiller meets President Zelenskyy

Hollywood actor Ben Stiller met President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv on Monday, calling the warlord “my hero”.

Stiller is a Goodwill Ambassador with the United Nations Refugee Agency and has been in Ukraine for several days in his role, meeting with Ukrainian refugees.

“It’s a great honor for me,” Stiller said when introduced to Zelenskyy, adding “you are my hero. You are amazing.”

Stiller also praised the president for his former acting career, saying “you gave up a great acting career for this.” “Not as great as yours,” Zelenskyy replied.

Stiller added that the president’s wartime leadership was “inspiring” to the rest of the world.

—Holly Ellyatt

Mariupol residents ‘on the verge of survival’

According to the city’s regional military administration, residents of the southern port city of Mariupol, which was seized by Russian forces in May, are on the brink of survival due to a lack of clean drinking water.

Citing information from Mariupol Mayor Vadim Boychenko, the administration said that “more than 100,000 people who still remain in the city do not have access to drinking water”.

“Currently, the occupants provide it once a week. Residents are queuing for 4-8 hours. They are on the verge of death. This is a humanitarian disaster. Therefore, we must do everything possible to open a green corridor and save people,” the mayor said.

He added that the Russians and “collaborators” had also restricted residents’ access to food. “At the same time, the city finds itself without gas, without light and without an evacuation system.”

CNBC was unable to verify information from the administration and Boychenko.

—Holly Ellyatt

Battles move to villages around Severodonetsk and Lysychansk

Battles between Ukrainian and Russian forces are taking place in “several villages” around the twin cities of Severodonetsk and Lysychansk, with Ukrainian forces losing control of a settlement, according to the head of the Luhansk regional military administration, Serhiy Haidai.

In his latest Twitter update, the official said the Ukrainian army had lost control of the village of Metiolkine just outside the regional center.

“Battles are ongoing in several villages around Siverodonetsk and Lysychansk. Unfortunately, we currently have no control over Metiolkine near the regional center,” he said, adding that Russian forces had “intensified artillery and aerial shots”.

Debris and destroyed cars along a street in Lysychansk.

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Russian and Ukrainian forces have been engaged in intense fighting and street battles in recent weeks, with the conflict centering on Severodonetsk, the last remaining Ukrainian city in Luhansk province, and its “twin” city on the other side of the Siverskyi Donets River, Lysychansk.

Haidai noted that Ukrainian fighters were successful in close warfare, but enemy artillery prevailed in the area. He added that Russia was “defeating” Lysychansk but said a “silent” civilian evacuation was underway using armored vehicles.

“A lost colony does NOT mean ‘lost war’. The Luhansk region will be defended to the end, we will limit the horde as much as necessary,” Haidai said.

Flames rise from a structure after it was hit by a projectile June 20, 2022 in Druzhkivka, Ukraine. In recent weeks, Russia has focused its firepower on Ukraine’s Donbass region, where it has long supported two breakaway regions at war with the Ukrainian government since 2014.

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He added that “the Russians are hitting the industrial zone of Severodonetsk and the outskirts of the city hard. The same is happening in the Toshkivka and Ustynivka districts”, where the “orcs” are trying to make a breakthrough. “For this purpose, they collected a large amount of material there,” he said.

Ukrainian officials frequently compare Russian fighters to the fictional, monstrous “orcs” from JRR Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” series.

Holly Ellyatt

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