Russia-Ukraine war live updates: Putin links territorial aims to Russia’s imperial past; Ukraine losing up to 200 fighters daily

Video filmed on June 9 shows the aftermath of a missile attack in Kharkiv. On June 8, three people died and five others were hurt in a missile attack. (Video: Newsflare)

Updated June 10, 2022 at 8: 55 a.m. EDT|Published

June 10, 2022 at 2: 30 a.m. EDT

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Ukraine is losing between 100 and 200 fighters daily on the battlefield as a Russian barrage pummels the country’s east, according to an aide to President Volodymyr Zelensky. About 10,000 civilians are trapped in the eastern city of Severodonetsk, the latest focus of the Kremlin’s offensive, while Russian forces are also moving toward Slovyansk and Kramatorsk, where the boom of artillery shook the two towns.

A British lawmaker said Friday that two captured Britons who were sentenced to death, along with a Moroccan man, for fighting against Russia in Ukraine, were being “used as hostages” and urged their release in a prisoner swap between Kyiv and Moscow. Britain claimed Friday the two prisoners were under protection under the Geneva Convention and pledged to release them. But the Kremlin described the fighters as mercenaries and London’s reaction as “hysterical.”

In a speech underscoring his war ambitions, President Vladimir Putin compared himself to Peter the Great, the emperor who led Russia’s 18th-century territorial expansion. Putin spoke Thursday on efforts to reduce Russia’s dependence on fossil fuels and to limit its economic expansion.

Here’s what else to know

  • A top U.S. energy security official said the spike in global energy prices could mean Russia is making more money from its fossil fuel exports despite Western sanctions.
  • A Kremlin-aligned official in the eastern Luhansk region said Ukrainian grain will soon be shipped to Russia via rail, with an initial batch leaving as early as Friday. .
  • Finland plans to amend legislation to allow the building of barriers on its border and strengthen security against potential threats from Russia as it applies to join NATO.
  • The Washington Post has lifted its paywall for readers in Russia and Ukraine. Telegram users can subscribe to our channel.

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