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Ukraine war live updates: Putin met with Prigozhin days after mutiny, Kremlin says; Kyiv’s allies to meet in Vilnius this week

Biden touts ‘rock solid’ U.S.-UK relationship

U.S. President Joe Biden touted the strength of ties between Washington and London during a short visit to the U.K that includes meetings with British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and with recently crowned monarch, King Charles.

U.S. President Joe Biden (Left) with British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak (Right) at 10 Downing Street on July 10, 2023.

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“Our relationship is rock solid,” Biden told reporters alongside Sunak on Monday.

The U.S. head of state will attend the NATO summit of July 11-12 in Vilnius, Lithuania, where allies are expected to discuss help to Ukraine and Sweden’s accession bid into the military coalition.

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Putin met with Wagner days after mutiny, Kremlin says

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Russian President Vladimir Putin met with disgraced Wagner leader Yevgeny Prigozhin five days after the attempted mutiny by his mercenary forces, press secretary Dmitry Peskov said Monday.

Speaking during a daily media briefing, Peskov said the meeting lasted about three hours and was attended by around 35 people, including Wagner fighters, according to NBC News.

Further details of the discussion were not immediately reported.

Prigozhin was seemingly exiled to Belarus following the failed insurrection, but was later reported to be in the Russian city of St. Petersburg. He has not been seen in public for more than two weeks.

— Karen Gilchrist

Kremlin says there will be negative consequences if Ukraine joins NATO

The Kremlin said Monday that Europe would face negative consequences if Ukraine was permitted to join the NATO military alliance.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov attends a meeting of Russian President and Armenian Prime Minister at the Kremlin in Moscow on May 25, 2023. 

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Speaking ahead of NATO’s annual summit in Lithuania this week, the Kremlin said it would consider Ukraine’s accession — which has long been one of Russia’s red lines — a threat, and that there will be repercussions for Europe’s security architecture, according to Reuters reports.

“You know the absolutely clear and consistent position of the Russian Federation that Ukraine’s membership in NATO will have very, very negative consequences for the security architecture, the already half-destroyed security architecture in Europe. And it will be an absolute danger, a threat to our country, which will require from us a sufficiently clear and firm reaction,” Peskov said.

— Karen Gilchrist

NATO removes key hurdle to Ukraine’s membership, foreign minister Kuleba says

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba speaks during a news conference, amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium April 7, 2022. 

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Ukraine’s Foreign Minister said Monday that NATO has removed a key requirement which would have slowed its path to joining the military alliance.

Dmytro Kuleba was referring to NATO’s Membership Action Plan (MAP), which involves advice, assistance and support for prospective members.

“Following intensive talks, NATO allies have reached consensus on removing MAP from Ukraine’s path to membership. I welcome this long-awaited decision that shortens our path to NATO,” Kuleba said on Twitter ahead of a NATO summit in Lithuania this week.

“It is also the best moment to offer clarity on the invitation to Ukraine to become member,” he added.

— Karen Gilchrist

Questions linger over Turkey’s opposition to Sweden’s NATO accession

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech during his party’s group meeting at the Turkish Grand National Assembly in Ankara, Turkiye on June 21, 2023.

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NATO allies will meet in Vilnius, Lithuania, from July 11-12 for discussions set to focus on ongoing Russian hostilities in Ukraine and Sweden’s bid to enter the coalition.

Turkey, which provides NATO’s second-largest military force, has opposed the accession, repeatedly citing security concerns over Stockholm’s support of Kurdish groups that Ankara designates as terrorist.

It remains unclear if Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s administration will continue its objections.

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Russia struggling with combat medical provision, UK defense ministry says

Russia suffered an average 400 casualties per day for 17 months and is “almost certainly struggling with a crisis of combat medical provision,” Britain’s Defense Ministry said on Monday in its latest intelligence update.

“It is likely that up to 50 per cent of Russian combat fatalities could have been prevented with proper first aid,” the ministry said. “Very slow casualty evacuation, combined with the inappropriate use of the crude in-service Russian combat tourniquet, is reportedly a leading cause of preventable fatalities and amputations.”

The ministry estimates that Russian civilian medical services have likely been affected, with many dedicated military hospitals slated to attend officer casualties.

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Ukraine commemorates 500 days of war

Over the weekend, Ukraine marked 500 days of battle since Russia’s devastating full-scale invasion on Feb. 24, 2022. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s presidential office commemorated the occasion with the release of a video shot at Snake Island on the Black Sea — a minor outpost that entered the war’s turbulent history as a sign of defiance against the Kremlin, when it refused to surrender to Russian forces at the start of the invasion.

Snake Island was captured by Moscow’s troops shortly after, then reclaimed by Ukraine in June last year.

“Although this is a small piece of land in the middle of our Black Sea, it is a great proof that Ukraine will regain every bit of its territory,” Zelenskyy said, remembering the sacrifice of fallen Ukrainian forces.

“I want to thank – from here, from this place of victory – each of our soldiers for these 500 days.”

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Biden arrives in the U.K., likely to discuss Ukrainian counteroffensive

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and the US President Joe Biden arrive for an official meeting at the Downing Street in London, United Kingdom on July 10, 2023. 

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U.S. President Joe Biden arrived in London on Sunday and is set to meet British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. Discussions on the Ukrainian counteroffensive are expected.

The visit is Biden’s fifth with Sunak in as many months and “will be an opportunity for them to compare notes on both of our support for Ukraine and their ongoing efforts on the battlefield,” Amanda Sloat, senior director for the National Security Council, said on Friday.

The meeting comes within days of a controversial U.S. decision to send cluster bombs to Ukraine — a type of deadly weaponry that is banned under the Convention on Cluster Munitions, to which the U.K. is a signatory.

Biden will attend the NATO summit in Vilnius after his London stop.

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NATO summit begins in Vilnius this week

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (L) and Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda speak to the media prior to the 2023 NATO Summit on July 10, 2023 in Vilnius, Lithuania.

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CNBC’s Steve Sedgwick reports from Vilnius, Lithuania, where the Ukraine war and Sweden’s accession will be key topics at a NATO summit that starts Tuesday.

Discussions will reportedly touch on whether Ukraine could adopt a security assistance model based on the United States’ relationship with Israel.

NATO summit begins in Vilnius this week

Ukraine claims advances in embattled Bakhmut

Ukrainian soldiers from the 60th Battalion of Territorial Defense, are shooting rounds into Russian positions with an S60 anti-aircraft canon placed on a truck, outside Bakhmut, Ukraine on June 19, 2023. 

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Ukrainian forces made a “definite advance” in the southern flank of the long embattled and strategic eastern city of Bakhmut, Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar said on Sunday on Telegram, according to a Google translation.

She added that Russian troops locally were “on the defensive,” with no changes in position noted in the north of the city.

“Bakhmut direction. We are making progress, the Defense Forces continue to advance, and the enemy is trapped in places,” Colonel General Oleksandr Syrskyi, who commands Ukraine’s ground forces, said on Sunday on Telegram, according to Google-translated comments.

A Ukrainian soldier of the 28th Separate Mechanized Brigade fires towards Russian positions at the front line near the town of Bakhmut, Donetsk region, on June 17, 2023, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. 

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Ukraine’s military was engaging in a “fierce battle” in the areas of Melitopol and Berdyansk, both in the Zaporizhzhia region in the southeast of Ukraine, Maliar said.

Russian paramilitary group Wagner claimed control of Bakhmut at the end of May.

CNBC could not independently verify the situation on the ground.

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Majority of deaths and injuries in Ukraine due to explosive weapons, U.N. says

Firefighters conduct work after the Russian drone attacks in Kyiv, Ukraine on October 17, 2022. At least 4 separate explosions were heard in Kyiv, while authorities reported that the attacks were carried out with kamikaze drones.

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The Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights said that the majority of deaths and injuries in Ukraine were caused by explosive weapons with wide impact areas.

The OHCHR said that an estimated 7,653 people have died due to explosive weapons and another 15,131 have been injured.

About 300 people have died due to mines and other explosive remnants from the war and about 600 have been injured from this type of weapon.

Since the start of the war, the U.N. agency estimates that more than 9,000 civilians have died and nearly 16,000 have been injured.

— Amanda Macias

Gaps to bridge with Turkey before granting Sweden NATO accession, Stoltenberg says

NATO general secretary Jens Stoltenberg is talking to media prior the start of the first day of an EU Summit, in the Europa, the EU Council headquarter on June 29, 2023 in Brussels, Belgium.

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NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Friday said that there remain “gaps” to bridge before Turkey will agree to grant Sweden accession to the military alliance, according to Reuters.

Speaking at a press conference, Stoltenberg — whose term was extended by a further year earlier this week — said he would meet with leaders of the two countries on Monday, ahead of a planned NATO summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, next week.

— Karen Gilchrist

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