The Cabinet of Ministers had decided to roll out targeted special economic and other sanctions against individuals and legal entities involved in the distribution of products and information content which justify Russian aggression against Ukraine, its temporary occupation of some part of Ukrainian territory. The three-year-long sanctions are to be imposed on six individuals and 10 legal entities registered in eight countries. The decision is yet to be endorsed by the National Security and Defence Council.
Most Ukrainians (53.5%) see the armed conflict in Donbas as Russian aggression and 71% of Ukrainians are confident there is a war between Ukraine and Russia, a survey held by the Razumkov Centre and the Democratic Initiatives Foundation on 14-19 May has found.
During a visit to the front-line positions in Donbas, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said about a significant decrease in the intensity of shooting in the past 7-10 days. "Acts of provocation and, unfortunately, combat losses still take place," he noted.
Ukraine's top negotiator on Donbas Leonid Kravchuk has called on the separatist authorities to release four gravely-ill Ukrainians they have been holding, and to unblock the operation of checkpoints on the front line.
The occupying authorities in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic are preventing children who turned 14 and have no Ukrainian, Russian or DPR passport from leaving the DPR territory, Ukrainian ombudsman Lyudmyla Denisova has said. Thus, she added, such children cannot enroll into Ukrainian high schools and universities.
Black Sea security
NATO should have a stronger presence in the Black Sea, Ukraine's Deputy Foreign Minister Emine Dzheppar has said at a panel discussion "NATO at the Forefront. Why Ukraine matters for Euro-Atlantic security?" "There is an urgent need for the Alliance to boost its capacity on the Eastern flank to the level comparable with the Eastern flank in the Baltic region. NATO's permanent presence in the Black Sea must be maintained and strengthened," she said.
NATO mission in Afghanistan
All 21 Ukrainian servicemen who were part of the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan returned to Ukraine on 1-5 June, the Armed Forces' public liaison office has said.
The Kyiv city's data centre has been targeted by a DDoS attack, the information and communications department of the Kyiv city state administration has said. It noted that the data is safe but some services may be slow to load.
The Cabinet of Ministers will extend the coronavirus quarantine at least until the end of summer despite the improving situation, Health Minister Viktor Lyashko has said at a government meeting.