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A civilian died in the village of Vasylivka in flooding caused by the Kakhovka dam collapse, Mykolaiv Oblast police head Serhii Shaikhet said on June 8. The 53-year-old man refused to evacuate a day before, the official added.
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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.
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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.
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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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Zelensky addresses US Congress: 'Right now, the destiny of our country is being decided'

by Asami Terajima March 16, 2022 3:46 PM 1 min read
President Volodymyr Zelensky gives a virtual address to the joint session of the U.S. Congress on March 16.
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In his virtual address on March 16, President Volodymyr Zelensky reiterated his plea for a no-fly zone over Ukraine to protect the lives of Ukrainian people during "the darkest time" for his country.

"If this is too much to ask, we offer an alternative," Zelensky said, asking Washington to provide the fighter jets to Ukraine.

Zelensky called on the U.S. to do more, starting from imposing new sanctions to making sure that Russia doesn't receive "a single penny (from American companies) that they use to destroy the people of Ukraine."

Zelensky emphasized that all ports in the U.S. should be closed for Russian goods.

"Peace is more important than income," Zelensky said.

After showing a graphic video montage of Russia's attacks on Ukraine, Zelensky ended the speech with a few remarks made in English.

"Today the Ukrainian people are defending not only Ukraine. We are fighting for the values of Europe and the world, sacrificing our lives in the name of the future. That’s why today the American people are helping not just Ukraine, but the world to keep the planet alive, to keep justice in history."

At the end, Zelensky addressed U.S. President Joseph Biden.

"As the leader of my nation I’m addressing President Biden. You’re the leader of the nation. I wish you to be the leader of the world. Being the leader of the world means to be the leader of peace. Thank you. Slava Ukrayini."

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