Russian forces continued to bombard cities in Ukraine, with heavy shelling of Sumy in the north, cluster bombs on Nikolaev and a missile strike on Odessa in the south, authorities said on Tuesday.
* In Odessa, a Russian missile strike injured at least four people and burned houses to the ground, said Oleksiy Matsulevich, a spokesman for the regional administration.
* Russian forces hit Nikolaev with cluster shells on Monday, injuring at least two people and damaging houses, the Ukrainian city’s mayor, Oleksandr Senkevich, said in a social media post.
* More than 150 mines and projectiles were launched in Sumy Oblast, said Dmytro Zhivitsky, head of the Sumy Oblast Military Administration of Telegram.
* Ukraine’s top military commander, Gen. Valery Zaluzhny, said US-supplied long-range missile systems were helping to “stabilize the situation” by “major strikes on enemy command posts, ammunition and fuel storage depots.”
* Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu ordered generals to prioritize destroying Ukraine’s long-range missile and artillery weapons after strikes on Russian supply lines.
Reuters could not independently verify battlefield accounts.
* Russia’s Gazprom told customers in Europe it could not guarantee gas supplies due to “extraordinary” circumstances, according to a letter seen by Reuters. The July 14 letter from Russia’s state-owned gas monopoly said it was declaring force majeure on supplies effective June 14.
* Foreign allies should increase their financial support for Ukraine to help the country maintain financial stability during the war with Russia, an adviser in Ukraine’s presidential office said.
* Officials from Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the United Nations are likely to meet this week to discuss the resumption of Ukraine’s Black Sea grain exports, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said.
* EU foreign ministers agreed on a further 500 million euros ($504 million) in funding to supply arms to Ukraine, bringing the bloc’s security support to 2.5 billion euros since Russia’s invasion began.
* Russian President Vladimir Putin visits Tehran on Tuesday for a meeting with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Kremlin chief’s first trip outside the former Soviet Union since the invasion of Ukraine.