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Russia-Ukraine war

Russia says it has thwarted several Ukrainian offensive attempts within the last 24 hour. The Russian defense ministry said the unsuccessful attacks in the eastern cities of Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia, and Bakhmut came at a heavy cost for Kiev. It added the attacks cost Ukraine up to 300 troops, four Leopard tanks and five US made infantry vehicles. Ukraine’s President, meanwhile, said counteroffensive operations against Russian forces are underway, but he refused to provide further details. Volodymyr Zelenskiy made the remarks during a press conference with visiting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. For his part, Trudeau announced 375 million dollar worth of military aid for Kiev.

Russia-Iceland tensions

Russia warns it will respond to Iceland’s move to suspend its embassy operations in Moscow. The Russian foreign ministry accused Iceland of ruining relations between the two countries, saying Moscow will take the unfriendly decision into account when it establishes its relations with the country in the future. On Friday, Iceland said it will suspend work at its embassy in Moscow as of August first, and asked Russia to limit its operations in Reykjavik. The Iceland foreign ministry said maintaining embassy operations in Moscow is no longer justifiable since commercial, cultural and political ties with Russia are at an all-time low. It however said the decision does not constitute a severance of diplomatic relations with Moscow.

Tory resignations

British lawmaker, Nigel Adams, has stepped down as a member of parliament, becoming the third Tory MP to resign in 24-hours. Adams announced on Twitter that he will be standing down with immediate effect following the former Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s resignation a day earlier. On Friday, another member of the Conservative party stepped down as an MP. The resignations have set off by-elections for their constituencies in west London. Johnson stepped down amid a parliamentary investigation into the lockdown-breaking parties when he was the prime minister. The probe has been launched to find out whether the then-premier lied to the House of Commons over the parties during the pandemic. Johnson says there’s no evidence for his misconduct. The quittings have reopened deep divisions among Tories ahead of the general election.

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