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Security agreements with the USA and Japan, a Russian missile strike on Kryvyi Rih, and outcomes of the First Peace Summit in Switzerland: Ukraine’s weekly news digest

While Russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine is entering its third year, the situation is still intense, with regular updates on attacks on civilians, offensive and defensive operations, and responses from the international community.

Here is what you may have missed on the news from Ukraine from June 10 to June 18.

Russian missile strike on residential area in Kryvyi Rih

On June 12, Russia attacked the residential infrastructure in Kryvyi Rih, the Dnipropetrovsk region, with missiles. According to preliminary information, the enemy attacked the city with ballistic missiles Iskander-M from the temporarily occupied Crimea.

Rescuers eliminate the consequences of a Russian missile strike.
Photo: State Emergency Service of Ukraine

As a result of the enemy shelling, 41 multi-storey buildings and three educational establishments were damaged in the city.

Search and rescue operations continued for almost 24 hours. As of June 13, the total number of dead victims amounted to nine people. Thirty-two more people were injured, including five children, informed Oleksandr Vilkul, Head of the Military Administration of Kryvyi Rih.

Russian military losses in Crimea keep growing

The Armed Forces of Ukraine continue successfully eliminating enemy military targets in the temporarily occupied Crimea. In particular, at night on June 12, the Ukrainian military launched a number of missile strikes on a S-300 anti-aircraft missile division near Belbek, as well as two S-400 anti-aircraft missile divisions near Belbek and Sevastopol.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that two radars of the S-300 and S-400 missile systems were destroyed as a result. In addition, due to the hits, further detonation of munitions in the areas of Russian anti-aircraft missile division deployment was recorded.

Read more: Russian death toll and other losses in Ukraine.

Ukraine Recovery Conference 2024 outcomes: over 100 agreements worth over €16 billion were signed

The Ukraine Recovery Conference (URC) 2024 was held in Berlin from June 11 to 12. During the event, Ukraine signed numerous agreements with partner states to collaborate on energy security, economic development, reconstruction, and the advancement of educational programs necessary for the country’s future recovery.

Participants of the Ukraine Recovery Conference 2024.
Photo: Official website of the European Commission

In particular, following the conference, Ukraine secured a support package worth over $800 million for its energy sector from the USA, Germany, the World Bank, the European Union, as well as different leading companies worldwide.

Moreover, Ukraine signed several agreements to develop its private sector and enhance economic development. Announced initiatives aimed to support Ukrainian small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as agricultural and manufacturing companies.

Yuliia Svyrydenko, Minister of Economy of Ukraine,
gives a speech at the Ukraine Recovery Conference 2024.
Photo: Yuliia Svyrydenko / Facebook

Educational initiatives necessary for Ukraine’s future recovery and reconstruction efforts were also on the agenda during the URC 2024. Projects aimed at retraining or upskilling Ukrainians and returning Ukrainian specialists from abroad to work in the public sector were launched.

As for reconstruction, Ukraine signed agreements with the European Development Bank and European Investment Bank to support the public healthcare system and further reconstruction efforts. The total amount of the concluded treaties is estimated at approximately €300 million.

Historic bilateral security agreements with the USA and Japan

On June 13, during a visit to Italy, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and US President Joe Biden signed a 10-year bilateral security agreement between Ukraine and the USA.

Key points of the agreement include bolstering Ukraine’s defense capabilities, advancing its Euro-Atlantic integration, and securing a just peace that holds Russia accountable for its actions.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and US President Joe Biden
are shaking hands during their meeting.
Photo: Presidential Office of Ukraine

Furthermore, signed bilateral security agreement defines possible sanctions against Russia, shared intelligence with the USA, as well as support for Ukraine’s economic resilience. In case of future aggression against Ukraine, the concluded treaty also implies rapid meetings within 24 hours and further cooperation.

Earlier that day, the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, and Prime Minister of Japan, Fumio Kishida, signed a bilateral Accord on Support for Ukraine and Cooperation between Ukraine and Japan. This agreement became the first concluded by Ukraine in pursuance of the G7 Joint Declaration with a non-NATO country and a country in the Asia–Pacific.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Prime Minister of Japan Fumio Kishida
are signing a bilateral Accord on Support and Cooperation.
Photo: Presidential Office of Ukraine

The treaty signed with Japan means further financial assistance of $4.5 billion, support for Ukraine in the fields of security, defense, intelligence, as well as the provision of non-lethal equipment, and treatment of injured Ukrainian service members.

Further key points are supporting Ukraine’s Peace Formula, reparations, and sanctions to bring Russia to justice, active involvement in the recovery and reconstruction projects in Ukraine, as well as promoting the safety of sea lanes open for international trade and free navigation.

First Peace Summit in Switzerland: Joint Communiqué on a Peace Framework was signed

On June 15 and 16, the first Peace Summit was held in Bürgenstock, Switzerland. Delegations from 92 countries and 8 global organizations arrived at the event, jointly initiated by Ukraine and Switzerland.

Participants of the Peace Summit in Switzerland.
Photo: Presidential Office of Ukraine

On the agenda was considering 3 of the 10 points of the “Peace Formula” by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. As a result of the meeting, the participants agreed on a common position on three points from Zelenskyy’s “Peace Formula”: food and energy security, nuclear security, and releasing all Ukrainian prisoners and deportees. The main provisions of the agreements reached were set out in the Joint Communiqué on a Peace Framework.  

The final document was signed by eighty countries, including Ukraine, and four European institutions.

In particular, the signed Communiqué defines the key priorities, such as the return of the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant to full Ukrainian control; ensuring the uninterrupted production and supply of food products in Ukraine; securing full access to sea ports in the Black and Azov Seas; as well as the release of all prisoners of war and the return of all deported Ukrainian children.

The document also declared any threat or use of nuclear weapons in the context of Russia’s war against Ukraine inadmissible and attacks on ships and civilian ports unacceptable.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Swiss President Viola Amherd
at the Peace Summit.
Photo: Presidential Office of Ukraine

At the final conference following the Summit, Zelenskyy also announced preparations for the second Peace Summit to continue working on other points of the “Peace Formula”. He noted that there are already countries interested in hosting this event.

Stats of the week

Russian shellings destroyed 80% of thermal power generation and a third of hydropower generation in Ukraine.
Source: Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine. 
Date: June 11, 2024.

254 bodies of fallen Ukrainian defenders were returned to Ukraine, as part of the repatriation measures.
Source: Coordination Headquarters for the Treatment of Prisoners of War.
Date: June 14, 2024.

Since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion, Ukrainian law enforcement officers have already recorded almost 130,000 cases of war crimes committed by Russian soldiers, including 301 cases of sexual violence. Russian troops also killed more than 12,000 Ukrainian civilians, including 551 children.
Source: Andrii Kostin, Prosecutor General of Ukraine.
Date: June 17, 2024.

Since February 2022, there have been at least 14,000 cases of Ukrainians subjected to systematic torture in Russian captivity.
Source: Dmytro Lubinets, Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights.
Date: June 17, 2024.