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Latest Developments in Ukraine: June 5

A Ukrainian service member shoots from an automatic grenade launcher at a position on the front line, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, near Bakhmut, Donbas region, Ukraine, June 5, 2022.

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The latest developments in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. All times EDT.

11:00 p.m.: Reuters reported that the website of Russia’s Ministry of Construction, Housing and Utilities appeared to have been hacked, with an internet search for the site leading to a “Glory to Ukraine” sign in Ukrainian.

Russia’s state news agency RIA late on Sunday quoted a ministry representative as saying that the site was down but users’ personal data were protected. RIA said that other media had reported that hackers were demanding a ransom to prevent the public disclosure of users’ data. Reuters was not able to ascertain which media outlets were being cited by the RIA.

8:14 p.m.: In his nightly video address, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said, after a working trip to the Zaporizhzhia region, “There was a lot of work. An endless day. I was in Zaporizhzhia, Zaporizhzhia region. Expressed support to our military and awarded the best. Heard the report. We were in positions. Had a meeting with the head of the regional state administration, the leadership of the local police, the Security Service, and some mayors of the temporarily occupied cities.

“Met with Mariupol residents, who managed to leave the city alive and with children. Here they were met by Khortytsia, humanely and warmly. Conditions -- I saw -- are temporary, but not bad. Understood their difficult questions. I think we will solve them.”

7:23 p.m.: Ukraine plans to resume competitive football in the country in August despite being under attack by Russia after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy gave approval, The Associated Press reported. Andriy Pavelko, the president of Ukraine's football federation, has held talks with Zelenskyy and the heads of FIFA and UEFA about finding a safe way of playing men's and women's matches on home soil.

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5:40 p.m: Britain said Monday it would mirror the United States and send long-range missile systems to Ukraine, defying warnings from Russian President Vladimir Putin against supplying Kyiv with the advanced weapons, Agence France-Presse reported.

The U.K. Ministry of Defense said London had coordinated closely with Washington over its gift of the multiple-launch rocket systems, known as MLRS, to help Ukraine defend itself against Russian aggression, AFP reported.

4:37 p.m.: NATO has kicked off nearly a two-week U.S.-led naval exercise on the Baltic Sea with more than 7,000 sailors, airmen and marines, The Associated Press reported. It involves 45 vessels and 75 aircraft from 16 nations, including Finland and Sweden, who in May applied to join NATO, a direct result of Russia’s Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine.

3:18 p.m.: Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, on a working trip to the Zaporizhzhia region, visited the frontline positions of the Ukrainian military, according to the president’s official website.

Zelenskyy talked to the servicemen and presented them with state awards and gifts.

"I want to thank you for your great work, for your service, for protecting all of us, our state. I am grateful to everyone. I want to wish you and your families good health. Take care of yourselves!" he said.

2:20 p.m.: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's visit to Serbia was canceled after countries around Serbia closed their airspace to his aircraft, a senior foreign ministry source told the Interfax news agency on Sunday, Reuters reported.

The source confirmed a Serbian media report that said Bulgaria, North Macedonia and Montenegro had closed their airspace to the plane that would have carried Moscow's top diplomat to Belgrade on Monday. "Our diplomacy has yet to master teleportation," the source said, according to Reuters.

There was no immediate comment from the Russian foreign ministry.

1:15 p.m.: Gareth Bale led Wales to the World Cup for the first time in 64 years by beating Ukraine 1-0 to take the final European spot in Qatar. The result ends war-torn Ukraine's bid for qualification, The Associated Press reported.

Ukraine's Vitaliy Mykolenko, left, and Ukraine's Mykhailo Mudryk are seen in dejection at the end of the World Cup 2022 qualifying play-off soccer match between Wales and Ukraine at Cardiff City Stadium, in Cardiff, Wales, June 5, 2022. Wales won 1-0.
Ukraine's Vitaliy Mykolenko, left, and Ukraine's Mykhailo Mudryk are seen in dejection at the end of the World Cup 2022 qualifying play-off soccer match between Wales and Ukraine at Cardiff City Stadium, in Cardiff, Wales, June 5, 2022. Wales won 1-0.

12 p.m.: Pope Francis noted that more than 100 days had passed since the start of “the armed aggression against Ukraine," and called the war "the negation of God's dream” in a Sunday address to tens of thousands of people in Rome, Reuters reported.

10:18 a.m. Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer called on Sunday for an intermediate stage between cooperation and full membership of the European Union for countries like Ukraine and Moldova, Reuters reported. The so-called "preparatory space" would allow countries to reach the standards of the European Union, similar to the European Economic Area (EEA) or the European Free Trade Agreement (EFTA), Nehammer said. "We are united by the same goal, we all want a strong, independent and economically successful Ukraine," Nehammer said in a statement. "Currently, Ukraine is fighting for its political and territorial survival. All our efforts are primarily aimed at ending the Russian war of aggression. In such a phase, a quick full accession to the union cannot be a pressing issue anyway."

9:07 a.m.: Russia hit Kyiv with cruise missiles fired from the Caspian Sea on Sunday, striking a rail car repair facility in the Ukrainian capital, in the first such attack for weeks, Ukraine's army and railway chief said, according to Reuters. Dark smoke funneled into the sky above Kyiv's eastern outskirts. At least one person was hospitalized though no deaths were immediately reported, Mayor Vitaly Klitschko said.

8:40 a.m. The head of the office of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has reacted to the Russian strikes in Kyiv.

7 a.m.: Russia's defense ministry said a barrage of airstrikes on Ukraine's capital destroyed tanks donated by the West and other armor in an attack on Sunday that shattered five weeks of eerie calm in Kyiv, The Associated Press reported. Russian President Vladimir Putin warned the West about supplying long-range rocket systems to Ukraine.

5:23 a.m.: Al Jazeera reports that Russian missiles hit a major train hub in Kyiv. A reporter on the ground described it as a repair center for railway lines.

4:34 a.m.: The New York Times reports that several explosions were heard early Sunday in Kyiv. CNN reports that one person was hospitalized.

3:21 a.m.: CNN reports that officials said a Russian cruise missile flew "critically low" over the South Ukrainian Nuclear Power Plant. In a statement, Energoatom, Ukraine’s state-run nuclear power station operator, called it "nuclear terrorism."

2:18 a.m.: The latest intelligence update from the U.K. defense ministry details Ukrainian forces' counterattack in the eastern Ukrainian city of Sieverodonetsk. Ukraine has succeeded in "blunting" Russia's "operational momentum," the update says.

The update notes that Russia, rather than using its regular units, is relying instead of forces from the Luhansk People's Republic, which ia aligned with Russia. "These troops are poorly equipped and trained, and lack heavy equipment in comparison to regular Russian units," the update says, and their use probably indicates Russia is trying to avoid casualties among its regular troops.

1:08 a.m.: Al Jazeera reports that U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin says he'll host of a group set up to coordinate aid to help Ukraine defend itself against Russia.

The group, the Ukraine Defense Contact Group, will meet in Brussels on June 15.

12:02 a.m.: Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says Russian shelling has destroyed 113 churches in Ukraine since the beginning of the war, CNN reports.

Some information for this report came from The Associated Press, Reuters and Agence France-Presse.