Selenskyj calls for Russia to be excluded from UNESCO, the bodies were replaced for the first time and a German died – a night at first sight.A woman pushes a cart next to a building destroyed by Russian shelling in Slavyansk. Photo: Bernat Armangue / AP / dpa – sda – Keystone / AP / Bernat Armangue
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- The President of Ukraine demands that Russia be excluded from UNESCO.
- A German was to be killed on the Ukrainian side.
- What else happened on Sunday night.
In view of the massive destruction of cultural heritage caused by Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy urged Moscow to be excluded from UNESCO. “UNESCO is not a place for barbarians,” Zelenskiy said in his video speech in Kiev on Saturday.
Russian troops are massively destroying cultural monuments, churches and other places of religious worship. Reason enough to exclude the country from the UN cultural and educational organization, he said.
113 churches have already been destroyed or damaged. Russia is a “state of terror” which is destroying the historical heritage with its artillery. Already at the end of May, he demanded that Russia be excluded from UNESCO.
The Ukrainians are holding the fort
Russia has already launched more than 2,500 rockets at Ukraine since the beginning of the war on February 24, complained Zelenskiy. “Our heroes hold the fort and do everything to inflict maximum damage on the enemy.” Referring to the focus of fighting in the Donbas in eastern Ukraine, the head of state announced that the day would come when Russia would leave this area in peace. Only one person in command decides this, he said, without mentioning the head of the Kremlin, Vladimir Putin, in Moscow.Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during an interview for the Russia-1 TV station at the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi in Russia, Friday 3 June 2022. Putin on Friday blamed the West for the upcoming global food and energy crisis and reiterated his government’s offer. to allow Ukrainian grain-exporting vessels to pass safely if mines are cleared from the waters. – the keystone
Selenskyj and the Ukrainian General Staff reported heavy fighting, especially in eastern Ukraine. In the Luhansk region there is a center with the highly contested administrative center of Sievjerodonetsk. Bloody street fighting continued, Zelenskiy said. The Ukrainian armed forces want to continue to prevent Russian troops from taking full control there. If the city collapsed, Russia would achieve an important war goal: complete control of the Lugansk region. Russian air strikes in the region have also been reported.
The first report on Germans killed on the Ukrainian side
For the first time, Ukraine officially announced the death of a German volunteer fighter in the fighting. The International Defense Legion of Ukraine announced on Saturday in Kiev that three volunteers from France, Australia and the Netherlands were among the “fallen brothers in arms”.
The statement also included the names of the four men, but not the time or place of their deaths. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Berlin said that the embassy in Kiev is trying to explain and “is in contact with the Ukrainian authorities who passed the news.”Destroyed objects of Huta Azovstal. – dpa
Zelenskiy called on volunteers from all over the world to join the fight against the Russian army. For this purpose, the Legion was formed, which is currently actively recruiting. The Russian military has repeatedly reported the “destruction” of mercenaries, and according to Moscow, the number of killed foreigners reaches thousands.
Replaced bodies for the first time
According to the authorities in Kiev, Ukraine and Russia handed over the bodies of 160 soldiers to the other side. It was reported that the exchange took place on June 2 on the front line in the Zaporizhia region. According to Ukrainian information, negotiations on the exchange of prisoners of war are still ongoing on both sides. Thousands of Ukrainian fighters are fighting Russia, including the defenders of Mariupol who held a fort there at the Azovstal smelter until Kyiv departed the city in May.
The Russian region reports shelling
In Russia, according to the Bryansk Oblast, a village on the border with Ukraine was again shelled from a neighboring country. When the village of Słuczewska was shot at, a man was injured and two houses caught fire. This was announced by the region’s governor, Alexander Bogomas, on his Telegram news channel on Saturday. He accused Ukrainian forces of shooting at the village. The injured resident had to be taken to hospital. The fires were put out.
A large wooden church in Svyatohirsk burned down
In the video, Zelenskiy accused the Russian forces of shelling and setting fire to a large wooden church in Sviatohirsk (Sviatogorsk). The photos showed that the onion-domed building was on fire. The Russian Ministry of Defense has denied the allegations and accused the Ukrainian armed forces of self-shooting.
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