Ukraine War Footage for July 2
- The State Duma, the Russian parliament, introduced an amendment to the federal laws on the support of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, which provides for the introduction of “special measures in the economic sphere” obliging Russian enterprises (regardless of ownership) to support Russian so-called “special military and counterterrorist operations”
- Ukrainians are demonstratively not interested in giving up land for peace with Russia, as evidenced by the results of a survey conducted by the National Democratic Institute on May 2-11. A total of 66% of respondents considered the return of the territory controlled by Ukraine by 2022, not including the Crimea and the occupied territories, an insufficient price for peace (42% said it was completely unacceptable, 24% believe it is rather unacceptable). For 16% of respondents this option is more acceptable, while for 10% it is quite acceptable
- The war in Ukraine reaches well beyond the country’s borders. Inside Russia, the war has divided society into two irreconcilable camps: those who oppose the war and those who support what the Kremlin insists on calling a ”military operation.” Since February 24, many Russian families have members who no longer talk to each other, or who rarely communicate. Parents have severed relationships with their children, husbands with wives, and sisters with brothers
- “Russia is using the tactic it used in Mariupol: wiping the city from the face of the Earth,” he said. “Given the conditions, holding the defense in the ruins and open fields is no longer possible. So the Ukrainian forces are leaving for higher ground to continue the defense operations.”
- Germany will begin operation of two temporary terminals for the import of liquefied natural gas (LNG) by early 2023, Economy Minister Robert Habeck said in an interview published by the Welt am Sonntag newspaper on July 2
- Explosions and air-raid sirens were heard in the Ukrainian city of Mykolayiv early on July 2, one day after 21 civilians were killed in Russian missile strikes near the Ukrainian Black Sea port of Odesa.d.
- Ukraine says its forces have forced Russian troops off Snake Island in the Black Sea, a claim Russia denied.
- Ukraine has asked Turkey to detain a Russian-flagged cargo ship believed to be carrying Ukrainian grain that Kyiv says set off from Berdyansk, a Ukrainian port occupied by Russian forces.
- Russian citizens will need to obtain visas to enter Ukraine as of July 1, the chief of Ukraine’s Border Service, Serhiy Deyneko announced.
- The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has strongly condemned the decision of Syria to recognize the eastern Ukrainian regions of Luhansk and Donetsk as independent
- Maria Shagina from the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS) talks about China becoming the top buyer of Russian oil, whether Beijing will help Russia get access to advanced chips and semiconductors, and the significance of the recent BRICS summit. Read the interview by Reid Standish here
- Three Bayraktar TB-2 UAVs, donated to Ukrainian war effort by their Turkish manufacturer Baykar, are almost ready to ship to Ukraine, Ukrainian Ambassador to Turkey Vasyl Bodnar said in a Twitter post on July 1
- Four people have been killed and five others injured In Kharkiv and the oblast over the past day as a result of shelling by the Russian invaders, regional governor Oleh Synehubov reported via Telegram messenger on July 1