The key events:

Ukraine plans to reclaim its south with a one-meter army

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has instructed military leaders to draw up plans to muster a “million-man” fighting force equipped with Western weapons to retake his southern territory from Russia, the minister said. the defense of the country.

Zelenskiy has ordered his army to reclaim occupied areas around the Black Sea coast that are vital to the country’s economy, Oleksii Reznikov said in an interview with The Times.

Reznikov said:

We understand that, politically, this is very necessary for our country. The president ordered the supreme military commander to draw up plans. After that, the general staff does their homework and says that to achieve this goal, we need XYZ.

Reznikov said he writes letters to his counterparts in partner countries explaining “why we need this kind of weapons and then we get the political decisions.”

Summary and welcome

Hello, it’s Samantha Lock back with you as we unpack all the latest news from Ukraine this morning.

Ukrainian rescue teams have found the bodies of other civilians, including a 9-year-old child, trapped under the rubble of a building in eastern Ukraine after a Russian rocket strike.

Here are all the last lines from 8am in Kyiv.

  • The death toll from a Russian missile attack on a five-storey building in the eastern Ukrainian town of Chasiv Yar has risen to at least 33. Emergency crews worked to pull people out of the rubble. Zelenskiy accused Moscow of deliberately targeting civilians in the attack which destroyed three buildings in a residential area. The latest victim, a nine-year-old child, was recovered from the wreckage Monday night, Ukraine’s state emergency services said.
  • Ukraine plans to muster a “million-man” fighting force equipped with Western weapons to retake its southern territory from Russia. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has ordered the military to reclaim occupied areas around the Black Sea coast that are vital to the country’s economy, Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said.
  • At least six people died after Russian rockets fired on Kharkiv in northeastern Ukraine on Monday morning, according to Ukraine’s prosecutor general’s office. Among those killed were a father and his 17-year-old son, who were driving to collect a university admission certificate, Ukrainian regional police official Serhiy Bolvinov said. Mayor Ihor Terekhov said the shelling hit civilian infrastructure, including commercial property and a tire repair shop. These are “places that had no military significance”, he added.
  • About 80% of residents of the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine have fled, its governor said. Pavlo Kyrylenko said there were around 340,000 people left, or 20% of the local population before the full-scale invasion of Russia began on February 24.
  • Germany and the Czech Republic sign a joint declaration, pledging to overcome Russia’s dependence on fossil fuels and accelerate the transition to low carbon energy. “We will finalize the agreement on solidarity measures to guarantee the security of gas supply between our countries before the start of the next winter season,” the statement read.
  • The Russian president plans to meet his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, after the two men discussed efforts to facilitate grain exports from Ukraine, according to the Kremlin. Erdoğan told Putin it was time to act on a UN plan to set up a maritime corridor for Ukrainian grain exports via the Black Sea in a phone call on Monday, the report said. Turkish public news agency Anadolu.
  • Lithuania extended restrictions on trade through its territory to the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, as the gradual implementation of sanctions previously announced by the EU begins. Goods sanctioned from Monday morning include concrete, wood, alcohol and alcohol-based industrial chemicals. Kaliningrad Governor Anton Alikhanov has proposed a total ban on the movement of goods between the three Baltic states and Russia, in response to what authorities in the enclave have described as a “blockade”.
  • Canada’s Ambassador to Ukraine, Larisa Galadza, was summoned to Kyiv to explain Ottawa’s decision to return the gas turbines needed to service the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline to Germany. Canada agreed to return the repaired turbines over the weekend, angering Ukrainian officials who insisted the move violated energy sanctions in place against Russia.
  • Eight foreign-flagged ships were able to reach ports along the Danube-Black Sea Canal to help Ukraine break through Russia’s blockade on grain exports, according to local media. The Kyiv Independent newspaper said the ships were escorted by the Ukrainian Navy.
  • Latvia could increase defense spending and introduce compulsory military service regardless of gender to contain security risks stemming from Russia. President Egils Levits, 67, told Reuters that security is the “priority of our politics today” and that plans to increase the defense budget to 2.5% of GDP “may not be enough”. be not”.
  • Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte met Zelenskiy in Kyiv to reiterate his country’s support for Ukraine “now and in the years to come”. The war in Ukraine could last longer than anyone had hoped, Rutte warned during a visit to the capital. After their meeting, Zelenskiy praised the “constructive” talks with the Dutch leader and the decision to supply arms to Ukraine.
  • Iran plans to supply Russia with hundreds of weapons-capable drones for use in Ukraine, according to a senior US official. Jake Sullivan, the White House national security adviser, said: “The Iranian government is preparing to supply Russia with up to several hundred drones [unmanned aerial vehicles], including weapon-capable UAVs, on an expedited basis. Sullivan said reports suggested Iran was preparing to train Russian forces to use the drones as early as early July.
  • The lower house of the Russian parliament will meet on July 15 for an extraordinary session where more than 80 bills will be discussed. “We plan to reflect a little [more] more than 60 issues,” said Vladimir Vasilyev, the leader of the United Russia party, but did not reveal what the issues were.
  • UN says it will monitor Ukraine war for violations against childrenincluding murder, injury, recruitment, rape and other forms of sexual violence.