What happened today (June 10) : NPR

What happened today (June 10) : NPR




The remains of a carousel destroyed during the Russian invasion stand on the grounds of Dobropark, a children’s theme park on the outskirts of Kyiv, on Friday. The park will reopen next week.

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The remains of a carousel destroyed during the Russian invasion stand on the grounds of Dobropark, a children’s theme park on the outskirts of Kyiv, on Friday. The park will reopen next week.

Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

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

Between 100 and 200 Ukrainian troops are being killed on the front line every day, Ukraine’s senior presidential aide told the BBC. That’s double the combat toll before estimated by Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, as battles for the country’s eastern regions grind into another week. Despite billions of dollars in military aid from the U.S. and European allies, Ukraine nevertheless says it’s outgunned by Russia, and Kyiv continues to plead for more weapons.

Concerns are growing about a possible cholera sudden increase in the Russian-occupied city of Mariupol. The city’s mayor, now based outside Mariupol, said 20,000 civilians may have died in Russia’s siege of the southern port city, and corpses have been contaminating the wells. The British Defense Ministry said medical sets in Mariupol are near collapse, as Russia struggles to provide public sets in occupied areas.

British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace met with Zelenskyy in Kyiv, and pledged to continue supporting Ukraine with military and other aid. The United Kingdom is also pushing for the release of two British nationals convicted of “mercenary activities” and sentenced to death by a court in the pro-Russian separatist Donetsk vicinity. British officials said they were working with Kyiv to obtain the soldiers’ release.

Russia’s central bank cut its interest rates to their prewar level, citing slowing inflation. The bank chopped its meaningful rate to 9.5%, more than Western economists had expected, as Russia eases back from the 20% emergency rate hike when the war began and Western sanctions followed. Bank Governor Elvira Nabiullina said the effect of sanctions so far has been “less acute” than feared, though she acknowledged they haven’t reached their complete effect.

In-thoroughness

War displaced two-thirds of Ukraine’s children. Keeping them safe isn’t easy.

Rebranded McDonald’s in Russia unveils a new logo, but keeps its name a secret.

A Russian blockade in Odesa disrupts Ukrainian farmers’ grain exports.

Russia threatens to kick out U.S. journalists unless the U.S. treats Russian media better.

Special report

Russia’s war in Ukraine is changing the world: See its ripple effects in all corners of the globe.

Earlier developments

You can read more daily recaps here. For context and more in-thoroughness stories, you can find more of NPR’s coverage here. Also, listen and subscribe to NPR’s State of Ukraine podcast for updates throughout the day.



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