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What Happened This Weekend (June 4-5): NPR


Smoke rises from a rail service facility hit by a Russian missile strike in Kyiv on Sunday.

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What Happened This Weekend (June 4-5): NPR

Smoke rises from a rail service facility hit by a Russian missile strike in Kyiv on Sunday.

Natasha Pisarenko/AP

As the weekend draws to a close in Kyiv and Moscow, here are the key developments:

Putin has warned to hit new targets if Ukraine gets long-range weapons from abroad. As his country attacks Kyiv, the Russian president said on Sunday that Moscow would hit “things we haven’t hit yet” if the West supplied Ukraine with long-range rocket systems. Vladimir Putin’s threat came less than a week after the United States announced it would send advanced weapons to Ukraine as part of a $700 million security assistance package. The delivery includes accurate medium-range rocket systems.

Russia strikes Kyiv after weeks of security. Early Sunday, Russia shelled the Ukrainian capital for the first time in over a month. Four Russian missiles hit four separate buildings in a large railway car repair complex. Russia claimed it was bombing tanks, but reporters on the site saw no evidence of weapons.

Kyiv Opera is back. After a three-month hiatus, during which the sounds of air raid sirens and rocket fire echoed through the city, the National Opera of Ukraine has reopened. The Kyiv Opera Company kicks things off with a production of Natalka Poltavkaa romantic drama featuring Ukrainian folk songs.

Ukraine’s World Cup dream is coming to an end. The men’s national team picked up a surprise 3-1 win over Scotland last week before losing to Wales in the qualifying round on Sunday. The 1-0 defeat dashed Ukraine’s hopes of joining the 2022 tournament in Qatar, which would have been the country’s first World Cup qualification since 2006.

Things to watch this week

A key Ukrainian city could fall under Russian control. Russian troops have recently made gains in eastern Ukraine, with continued assaults on Severodonetsk, a city in the western Donbass region. Officials say the city, a key area in Moscow’s aim to capture all of Donbass, could fall under Russian control in the coming days. Before invading Ukraine in February, Putin recognized the independence of two separatist regions of Donbass to justify sending troops to the country.

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