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A mural on a wall in Kyiv on Monday depicts an image of “Holy Javelin” – the Virgin Mary cradling an American-made javelin. These missiles are among the weapons sent by Western allies to Ukrainian forces to help them in their fight against Russia. The javelin is widely considered a symbol of Ukraine’s defense.

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What Happened Today (June 6): NPR

A mural on a wall in Kyiv on Monday depicts an image of “Holy Javelin” – the Virgin Mary cradling an American-made javelin. These missiles are among the weapons sent by Western allies to Ukrainian forces to help them in their fight against Russia. The javelin is widely considered a symbol of Ukraine’s defense.

Efrem Lukatsky/AP

As Monday draws to a close in Kyiv and Moscow, here are the main developments of the day:

UK sends long-range missiles to Ukraine, defying Russia’s warning, it will bomb these weapons provided by the West. UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said the UK would provide multiple launch rocket systems capable of hitting targets up to 50 miles away with high accuracy, boosting the capabilities of Ukrainian forces against Russia . This follows President Biden’s announcement last week that the United States would send more advanced rockets to Ukraine than previous deliveries.

The United Nations Security Council met on Ukraine, focusing on sexual violence in the conflict. UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence, Pramila Patten, has warned of a “human trafficking crisis”, saying: “Women and children fleeing conflict are targets of trafficking and exploitation – in some cases they are at greater risk of rape and other risks while seeking refuge”.

The United States Department of Justice obtained a warrant of seizure for two planes owned by Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, valued at more than $400 million. The luxury jets, made in the United States, are now subject to “active pursuit” and will be known as “contaminated assets”. The planes were flown to Russia after rules governing such flights changed following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a Biden administration official said.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has warned American media working in Moscow that they risk losing their accreditation in the near future. In a meeting with journalists and representatives of organizations such as NPR, spokeswoman Maria Zakharova justified any future Russian action against US media as a reciprocal response to what she called pressure on the Russian journalists working in the United States. She alleged that Russian media has long had problems obtaining visas and broadcast licenses in the United States, and is now struggling with frozen bank accounts and official harassment. Separately, investigative journalist Andrei Soldatov, who focuses on Russian security agencies, said Russian authorities placed him on their wanted list and froze his bank accounts.

In depth

President Volodymyr Zelensky made a surprise visit to eastern Ukraine.

At the National Opera of Ukraine, artists renounced Russian music.

Analysis of the effectiveness of the latest sanctions against Russia.

Special report

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Previous developments

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