The dead include hundreds of children killed mostly in heavy shelling, missiles and airstrikes.
Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of Russia’s war on Ukraine.
An update on key developments:
- Russian President Vladimir Putin told an event in St. Petersburg that the country had resisted economic sanctions imposed following the invasion of Ukraine.
- The executive arm of the European Union has backed Ukraine’s bid for EU candidate status.
- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a surprise visit to Kyiv and offered to train Ukrainian troops.
Here are the latest updates:
Sale of US high-tech drones to Ukraine stalls: Reuters
The Reuters news agency reports that US plans to sell four MQ-1C Gray Eagle drones to Ukraine have been put on hold due to fears that sophisticated surveillance equipment could fall into enemy hands.
The technical objection to the sale of the weaponized drones came under further scrutiny by the Pentagon’s Defense Technology Security Administration, which is tasked with protecting high-value technology from enemy hands, Reuters said, citing two people. familiar with the plan.
TikTok insists on whether it allows ‘pro-war’ propaganda
Republican United States senators have written to TikTok chief executive Shou Zi Chew over reports that the social media site allowed Russian state-approved media content but banned other videos.
“Recent reports indicate that TikTok… allowed Russian state media to flood the platform with dangerous pro-war propaganda. No company should be in a position to amplify the Kremlin’s lies, which fuel public support for Russia’s war of choice in Ukraine,” the letter reads.
The senators wrote that they were “deeply concerned” that TikTok “allows the dissemination of pro-war propaganda to the Russian public, which risks adding to an already devastating human toll for Ukrainians and Russians. “.
UN announces more than 10,000 civilian casualties
According to the United Nations, more than 10,000 civilians, including hundreds of children, have been killed or injured in the war in Ukraine.
Some 4,509 people had been killed and 5,585 injured as of midnight in Kyiv (2100 GMT) on June 16, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said in its daily update. The dead include 294 children, the OHCHR said.
“Most of the recorded civilian casualties were caused by the use of explosive weapons with a wide impact area, including heavy artillery and multiple rocket launcher system bombardments, and air and missile strikes “, the statement said, adding that the actual numbers were likely much higher.
Read all updates from June 17, here.