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An explosion was heard in the Russian-occupied city of Luhansk in Ukraine’s east on the morning of June 8, Ukrainian news outlet Suspilne reported citing residents. Smoke is rising in several areas of the city, in particular, over the Luhansk locomotive plant, as well as a food factory, Suspilne wrote.
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The home of famed Ukrainian painter Polina Raiko is under water as a result of the Kakhovka dam destruction, the project manager of the Polina Raiko Kherson Oblast Charitable Foundation Semen Khramtsov reported on Facebook.
10:53 PM
Yevhen Ryshchuk, the exiled mayor of the Russian-occupied Oleshky, Kherson Oblast, reported on the first victims of the Kakhovka dam disaster on June 7. According to the latest information, three people drowned.
9:02 PM
In its June report, the World Bank set Ukraine's GDP forecast for the following year at 2%, compared to 3.3% in January. The forecast reportedly worsened due to Russia's attacks against Ukraine's energy infrastructure at the end of 2022 and the departure of a significant part of the country's working demographic abroad.

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Ihor Mozhaev holds a special chair of his handicapped daughter Maria (12) who died under the rubble of his house in Markhalivka, near Kyiv, on March 5, 2022. On March 4 he was lying on his bed when at nearly 15:00 an airstrike demolished his home and buried him under rubble. Luckily neighbors came quickly and dug him out as well as his two grandchildren (7 and 8 years old). Unfortunately, his wife, his mother-in-law, daughter, and three other relatives and friends of the family died on the spot. (Volodymyr Petrov)
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To all our friends in the West: We know that you want to postpone a possible direct engagement, a direct war with the Russians… I’d like to be wrong, but I think it’s quite obvious that the direction we are heading in… is a direct war and direct action between Russia and NATO. So, the sooner we start acting together, the sooner we close the skies over Ukraine, the more civilian lives we can save and the more chances we give to the peace process in general.

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Editor’s Note: Andriy Shevchenko, Ukraine’s former Ambassador to Canada, spoke at a March 9 webinar titled “Live from Kyiv: The Battle for Ukraine." New Pathway recorded the main take-aways from the webinar. The Kyiv Independent is aggregating it as a recommendation to our readers.

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