Latest developments in Ukraine: 1 June

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The latest developments in the conflict between and Ukraine. All times EDT.

01:30: Russia’s Defense Ministry said on Wednesday that its forces were conducting exercises with about 1,000 soldiers in Ivanovo province, a city northeast of Moscow, Reuters reported, citing the news agency. The ministry said the exercise included “intensive maneuvers with over 100 vehicles including Yar’s intercontinental ballistic missile launchers”, the news agency reported.

Earlier, US President mentioned the threat posed by nuclear weapons since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in an Op-Ed he wrote for The times on Tuesday. “I know a lot of people around the world are worried about the use of nuclear weapons,” Biden said. “We currently see no indication that Russia intends to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine, even though Russia’s temporary rhetoric to rattle the nuclear saber itself is dangerous and extremely irresponsible. Let me be clear: Any use of nuclear weapons in this conflict in any scale would be completely unacceptable to us and the rest of the world and would have serious consequences. “

12:15: US President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that he had decided to provide Ukraine with “more advanced missile systems and ammunition” as part of US efforts to help the Ukrainians fight a Russian invasion now in its fourth month.

Biden wrote in an opinion piece in The New York Times that the United States has helped Ukraine with weapons and ammunition to strengthen its position on the battlefield and ultimately in peace talks with Russia.

“Unprovoked aggression, the bombing of maternity hospitals and cultural centers and the forced relocation of millions of people make the war in Ukraine a profound moral issue,” Biden said.

Biden wrote on Tuesday that he does not seek war with Russia.

“As much as I do not agree with Mr Putin, and think his actions are a scandal, the United States will not try to bring about his ouster in Moscow,” Biden said. “As long as the United States or our allies are not attacked, we will not be directly involved in this conflict, either by sending US troops to fight in Ukraine or by attacking Russian forces. We do not encourage or enable Ukraine to strike outside its borders. “

12:01: Russian figure and imprisoned Kremlin critic could risk another 15 years under a new , The reported.

Navalny went to social media on Tuesday to say that he has now been charged with starting an extremist organization. There has been no official announcement of new charges against Navalny.

Navalny was detained last year when he returned to Russia after receiving medical treatment in Germany following a Soviet-style poisoning attack during a visit to in 2020. Navalny accused Putin of the attack.

He is currently serving a two-and-a-half year sentence in a prison camp east of Moscow for a deportation sentence in 2014. Navalny has long been a vocal critic of the , calling the Russian invasion of Ukraine “stupid” and “based on lies.”

Last year, the Navalny Foundation was banned after being branded an “extremist” by authorities, which blocked dozens of websites run by his network.

Some information in this report came from the Associated Press.

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