As the war enters it 492nd day, these are the main developments.
This is the situation as it stands on Friday, June 30.
- Wagner mercenary force chief Yevgeny Prigozhin has been told that his fighters will no longer take part in Russia’s war in Ukraine after he refused to sign contracts to bring his private army under the control of the Russian defence ministry.
- Ukraine’s military leaders said their forces are advancing “slowly but surely” on the front lines in the east and southeast of the country as well as around battle-scarred Bakhmut city. Ukrainian Commander-in-Chief General Valerii Zaluzhnyi said his forces had “succeeded in seizing the strategic initiative” in the ongoing counteroffensive.
- Ukraine police arrested a man suspected of committing treason for directing a Russian missile attack on a pizza restaurant that killed 12 people and injured more than 60 on Tuesday in the eastern city of Kramatorsk.
- Russia’s Ministry of Defence claimed that two Ukrainian generals and up to 50 Ukrainian military officers were killed in a missile strike in Kramatorsk
- Ukraine began nuclear disaster response drills near the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, regional officials say. Similar exercises have started in the neighbouring Kherson region.
- The Ukrainian army called on people still living in the northeast region of Sumy to evacuate due to constant Russian shelling.
- At least two people were killed and two others wounded during a Russian attack on a “point of invisibility” shelter in Kherson where local people gather to receive humanitarian aid.
- . Russian officials deny attacking civilian targets.
- The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence said Wagner mercenary fighters shot down Russian military helicopters and an Ilyushin Il-22M airborne command post aircraft during their rebellion on Saturday.
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the path to victory for his country is “difficult” and there is no timeframe on when Ukraine will reach its goal.
- The International Monetary Fund’s executive board completed its first review of Ukraine’s $15.6bn loan programme, approving Kyiv to immediately withdraw $890m for budget support. The approval brings Ukraine’s withdrawals under the programme launched in March to about $3.6bn so far.
- The Pentagon says there is no imminent decision to provide Kyiv with ATACMS long-range missiles. Ukraine has long sought the United States’ Army Tactical Missile System, or ATACMS, arguing the missiles would help them hit Russian forces far behind the front lines.
- Former US Vice President Mike Pence made a surprise visit to Ukraine to meet Zelenskyy. Pence told NBC News that visiting Ukraine “just steels my resolve to do my part, to continue to call for strong American support for our Ukrainian friends and allies”.
- Zelenskyy met with Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg and prominent European figures who are forming a working group to address ecological damage from the Russian invasion of Ukraine.