Ukraine war live updates: Russia's Shoigu meets North Korea's Kim Jong Un; one killed, port infrastructure damaged in Russian missile attack on Odesa

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North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un in the Demilitarized Zone on June 30, 2019.

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Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to discuss military issues and regional security, state media reported Thursday.

One security guard was killed and port infrastructure damaged after an overnight missile attack struck Ukraine's Odesa region, according to the region's governor.

A cargo terminal was also damaged in the attack as Russia has stepped up its attacks on Odesa's ports following Moscow's withdrawal from the Black Sea grain deal last week.

NATO said Wednesday it would increase patrols around the Black Sea to counter Russian threats to ports and ships after its withdrawal from the U.N.-brokered grain deal.

Elsewhere, U.S. President Joe Biden ordered the government to start sharing information about potential Russian war crimes in Ukraine with the International Criminal Court in the Hague, a U.S. official familiar with the matter said Wednesday.

Russian defense minister met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un in the Demilitarized Zone on June 30, 2019.

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Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to discuss military issues and regional security, state media reported Thursday.

Kim and Shoigu met in the capital Pyongyang Wednesday during a visit to North Korea by Russian and Chinese delegates to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice.

According to North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency, the pair reached a consensus on unspecified "matters of mutual concern in the field of national defense and security and on the regional and international security environment."

The KCNA also reported that during the meeting, Shoigu shared with Kim an "autograph letter" from Russian President Vladimir Putin.

— Karen Gilchrist

One killed, infrastructure hit in overnight Russian missile attack on Odesa

Port infrastructure was hit and one security guard killed after an overnight Russian missile attack on Ukraine's Odesa region, the region's governor said Thursday.

A cargo terminal, a security building and two cars was also damaged in the attack as Moscow has intensified its attacks on Odesa's ports following Russia's withdrawal from the Black Sea grain deal last week.

"At night, the terrorist country launched a missile attack on the Odesa region. The target of the aggressor is the port infrastructure," governor Oleg Kiper wrote on the Telegram messaging app.

"The Russians fired Caliber missiles from a submarine in the Black Sea. A civil guard born in 1979 died as a result of the hit. The equipment of one of the cargo terminals was damaged, the security building and two cars were destroyed," he added.

Russia did not immediately claim responsibility for the attack.

— Karen Gilchrist

NATO to step up surveillance of the Black Sea region

NATO said Wednesday that it was stepping up patrols of the Black Sea region to counter Russian threats to ports and ships.

The military alliance condemned Russian attacks on the region following Moscow's withdrawal last week from a deal designed to assure the safe passage of ships carrying Ukrainian grain.

The announcement followed a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Council, a body set up earlier this month to coordinate cooperation between the alliance and Kyiv.

— Karen Gilchrist

U.S. to share evidence of Russian war crimes with the Hague

President Joe Biden speaks on July 25, 2023.

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U.S. President Joe Biden ordered the government to start sharing information about potential Russian war crimes in Ukraine with the International Criminal Court in the Hague, a U.S. official familiar with the matter said Wednesday.

The decision, which was first reported by The New York Times, supersedes months of resistance by the Defense Department.

The U.S. is not a member of the ICC, and the Pentagon had blocked efforts to share evidence of war crimes amid concerns that it could open the door to the prosecution of U.S. troops deployed abroad.

— Karen Gilchrist

Ukraine-NATO council holds urgent meeting to discuss Black Sea security

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy holds a press conference during a NATO leaders summit in Vilnius, Lithuania July 12, 2023.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the NATO-Ukraine Council met to discuss the security of the Black Sea following Russia's withdrawal from the Black Sea Grain Initiative.

"At the level of the alliance, the Russian attacks against our country and our ports have been clearly condemned," Zelenskyy said during a nightly address.

"We discussed what specific actions can bring calm and predictability to the Black Sea region. Thank you all for the substantive work of today's NATO-Ukraine Council," Zelenskyy added.

— Amanda Macias

EU expands sanctions on Belarus for involvement in Russia's war in Ukraine

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko attends a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Vostochny Cosmodrome in Amur Region, Russia April 12, 2022. 

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The European Union wrote on the social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, to impose additional sanctions on Belarus for the country's involvement with Russia's war in Ukraine.

The European Union agreed on a draft resolution to ban exports of aviation equipment to Russia's closest ally, Belarus.

— Amanda Macias

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