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British man dies in detention in Russian separatist territory; 45 countries pledge to punish Russian war crimes

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Putin's forces continue to hammer civilian targets in Ukraine
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Putin's forces continue to hammer civilian targets in Ukraine

Rescuers are still working to find bodies in the wreckage of a Russian missile strike on the central Ukrainian city of Vinnytsia that has so far killed 23 people and injured at least 110. Investigators have asked family members of those missing to submit DNA samples to aid with identification, according to Ukraine's ministry of internal affairs.

Russian forces are pushing on in the Donbas and say they have entered the small city of Siversk, just north of Donetsk, according to Britain's Ministry of Defense, though the claims have not been independently verified.

Meanwhile, negotiations aimed at releasing grain exports from Ukraine are scheduled to carry on next week following Wednesday's talks in Istanbul. Russian and Ukrainian officials are set to convene again in Turkey in the hope that a deal can be reached.

British intelligence warns Ukrainian city of Bakhmut could be next site of the ongoing offensive

A July 6, 2022 map from the UK's Defense Intelligence showing Russian attack and troop locations.
UK Defense Intelligence

The British Ministry of Defense warned in an intelligence update that the Ukrainian city of Bakhmut may be the next town Russian forces attempt to take after Siversk.

Russian forces claimed that they have advanced to the outskirts of Siversk in the Donetsk region, although U.K. intelligence could not corroborate those reports.

— Amanda Macias

U.S. approves $500 million military sale to Estonia

US military personnel stand by a M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) during Saudi Arabias first World Defense Show, north of the capital Riyadh, on March 6, 2022.
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The U.S. State Department notified Congress of a military sale of M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, or HIMARS, to Estonia.

The weapons package is estimated to cost up to $500 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of the possible sale.

The foreign military sales come as the United States and NATO allies rush to deliver security assistance packages to Ukraine for the fight against Russia.

The HIMARS, manufactured by defense giant Lockheed Martin, are designed to shoot a variety of missiles from a mobile 5-ton truck.

— Amanda Macias

Drones have become essential on the battlefield since Russia invaded Ukraine

Drones have become essential on the battlefield since Russia invaded Ukraine, making it possible for Kyiv to conduct reconnaissance along the front line, spot Russian forces and equipment and remotely direct artillery fire.

Kyiv is trying to put together "an army of drones," which save Ukrainian lives but are expensive and in short supply.

Ukrainian military forces lieutenant Anton Galyashinskiy aka "Wider" holds a Parrot drone during a practice session on the outskirts of Kyiv, on July 14, 2022. 
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Ukrainian servicemen look at a drone controller during a practice session on the outskirts of Kyiv, on July 14, 2022. 
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Ukrainian military forces lieutenant Anton Galyashinskiy aka "Wider" holds a drone used for carrying explosives during a practice session on the outskirts of Kyiv, on July 14, 2022. 
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A Ukrainian serviceman pilots a drone during a practice session on the outskirts of Kyiv, on July 14, 2022.
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Ukraine harvest in 2022 expected to exceed previous forecast indicators

Farmers harvest a wheat field near Melitopol in Ukraine. Wheat, soybean, sugar, and corn futures have fallen from their March highs back to prices seen at the start of 2022.
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Ukraine's wheat harvest in 2022 is expected to reach between 18 and 19 million tons, a level that exceeds previous forecast indicators.

The wheat harvest yield projection comes as Ukraine, Russia, Turkey and the United Nations work to establish a sea corridor for grain exports. Mykola Solsky, the Ukrainian Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food, announced the estimate.

For months, Russian warships have blocked vessels from entering or exiting Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea.

— Amanda Macias

Ukraine Defense Minister says more heavy artillery has arrived on the battlefield

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said on Twitter that American-made M270 Multiple Launch Rocket Systems, or MLRS, weapons have arrived for the fight in Ukraine.

"They will be good company for #HIMARS on the battlefield. Thank you to our partners. No mercy for the enemy," Reznikov wrote, referencing the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, or HIMARS.

Ukraine has sought out heavy artillery like howitzers, HIMARS and MLRS weapons.

— Amanda Macias

British government summons Russian ambassador following death of UK citizen

The British flag flies at the British Embassy in Berlin, Germany on May 12, 2020.
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The British government summoned Russian Ambassador Andrey Kelin to express the U.K.'s concerns about reports of the death of British National Paul Urey.

"I am shocked to hear reports of the death of British aid worker Paul Urey while in the custody of a Russian proxy in Ukraine. Russia must bear full responsibility for this," British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss wrote in a statement.

"Paul Urey was captured while undertaking humanitarian work. He was in Ukraine to try and help the Ukrainian people in the face of the unprovoked Russian invasion. The Russian government and its proxies are continuing to commit atrocities. Those responsible will be held to account," she added

— Amanda Macias

U.S., Russian astronauts will swap seats on rockets again

In this photo provided by NASA, backdropped against clouds over Earth, the International Space Station is seen from Space Shuttle Discovery as the two orbital spacecraft accomplish their relative separation on March 7, 2011.
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NASA astronauts will go back to riding Russian rockets, and Russian cosmonauts will catch lifts to the International Space Station with SpaceX beginning this fall.

The agreement ensures that the space station will always have at least one American and Russian on board to keep both sides of the orbiting outpost running smoothly, according to NASA and Russian officials. The swap had long been in the works and was finalized despite tensions over Moscow's war in Ukraine, a sign of continuing Russia-U.S. cooperation in space.

U.S. astronaut Frank Rubio will launch to the space station from Kazakhstan with two Russians in September. That same month, Russian cosmonaut, Anna Kikina, will join two Americans and one Japanese aboard a SpaceX rocket flying from Florida. Another crew swap will occur next spring.

No money will exchange hands under the agreement, according to NASA.

— Associated Press

U.S. HIMARS weapons have destroyed 30 Russian military facilities, Ukraine says

U.S. Soldiers assigned to the 65th Field Artillery Brigade fire a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) during a joint live-fire exercise with the Kuwait Land Forces, Jan. 8, 2019, near Camp Buehring, Kuwait.
Courtesy: U.S. Department of Defense

U.S.-made High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, or HIMARS, have destroyed more than 30 Russian military facilities, a Ukrainian Ministry of Defense spokesman said.

To date, the U.S. has committed 12 HIMARS to Ukraine.

The HIMARS, manufactured by defense giant Lockheed Martin, are designed to shoot a variety of missiles from a mobile 5-ton truck. The official said that U.S. troops will keep training Ukrainian forces on how to use the platform at a location outside the country.

— Amanda Macias

Sports court upholds soccer bans on Russian teams

Russian President Vladimir Putin passes symbolic FIFA World Cup Baton to Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani (not pictured) during the ceremony at the Kremlin, in Moscow, Russia, July,15,2018. Qatar is hosting FIFA World Cup in 2022.
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Russia remains barred from Europe's leading soccer competitions including the Champions League after the Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected appeals by the national soccer federation and four clubs.

CAS upheld decisions by UEFA and FIFA which excluded Russian national teams and clubs following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Russia was already excluded from men's World Cup qualifying and the women's European Championship. Its clubs won't feature in competitions like the Champions League in 2022-23.

"The panel finds it unfortunate that the current military operations in Ukraine, for which Russian football teams, clubs, and players have themselves no responsibility, had, by reason of the decisions of FIFA and UEFA, such an adverse effect on them and Russian football generally, but those effects were, in the panel's view, offset by the need for the secure and orderly conduct of football events for the rest of the world," CAS ruled.

— Associated Press

UN council to discuss the destruction of Ukrainian cultural heritage sites

An avenue in Mariupol on April 12, 2022. The besieged Ukrainian city could now be facing a deadly cholera outbreak, NBC News cited local officials.
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The U.N.'s Economic and Social Council will meet to discuss the destruction of cultural heritage sites during Russia's assault on Ukraine.

More than 150 cultural sites in Ukraine have been partially or totally destroyed as a result of Russia's war in Ukraine, according to a tally compiled by UNESCO.

United Nations experts identified 152 cultural sites, including 70 religious buildings, 30 historical buildings, 18 cultural centers, 15 monuments, 12 museums and seven libraries.

The majority of the damaged cultural sites are located in Donetsk, Kharkiv and Kyiv.

"These repeated attacks on Ukrainian cultural sites must stop. Cultural heritage, in all its forms, should not be targeted under any circumstances," Audrey Azoulay, director-general of UNESCO, said in a statement.

— Amanda Macias

U.S. sanctions on Russia do not target agricultural trade, Treasury says