Ukraine war latest: US raises threat level at European military bases; British volunteer medic dies in Ukraine – Sky News

British volunteer medic Peter Fouche has died while fighting for Ukraine, his charity has confirmed. The Foreign Office has also said it is “supporting the family of a British man”. Elsewhere, rapper Kanye West has reportedly travelled to Moscow on a private visit.
Tuesday 2 July 2024 06:21, UK
Hungary’s prime minister Vikor Orban will reportedly visit Kyiv today for the first time since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
According to a report by the Financial Times, the EU’s most pro-Russian leader will meet with Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelenskyy and other senior officials.
Mr Orban has regularly opposed ongoing military and financial aid given to Ukraine by the EU and NATO.
He is also one of two western leaders, along with Austrian chancellor Karl Nehammer, to have met Russian president Vladimir Putin in the last two years.
Mr Orban was seen speaking to Mr Zelenskyy in Brussels at an EU summit last week.
Welcome back to our coverage of the Ukraine war.
Yesterday, a British volunteer medic reportedly involved in saving more than 200 lives on the frontline died in Ukraine.
Meanwhile, the US military increased security protection measures at its bases across Europe.
The threat level was raised to “Charlie” – the second-highest level for service members.
Here are the other key updates from the last 24 hours: 
The map below shows the latest territorial picture in Ukraine…
We’ll be back tomorrow with more updates on the Ukraine war.
As we reported earlier, the governor of Russia’s Belgorod region has said a civilian was killed after Ukraine shelled an agricultural facility (see post at 1.33pm).
In a later update, Vyacheslav Gladkov said on Telegram that a new wave of Ukrainian shelling had wounded seven people in and close to the city of Belgorod. 
More than 20 homes are said to have been damaged.
Ukrainian drones attacked the border town of Shebekino, injuring two people there, Mr Gladkov said.
Sky News is unable to verify these reports.
Belgorod, which borders Ukraine’s Kharkiv region, has come under regular attack from Ukrainian forces since Russia invaded its neighbour in February 2022.
As we reported earlier (5.51pm post), the Russian-appointed governor of the Crimean port of Sevastopol has claimed Russia shot down aerial targets over Crimea on Monday.
The number reported earlier was four – that has now risen to five. 
Fragments of the downed targets are said to have fallen in the coastal area and near Balaklava, which is a part of Sevastopol.
Mikhail Razvozhayev, posting on his Telegram channel, said there were no injuries.
A number of fires were reported in forested and open areas, while windows were smashed in one building, he said.
Ukrainian servicemen have been launching a Furia drone to fly over Russian frontline positions in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine.
The Furia made its first flight in 2014 and was commissioned by the Ukrainian armed forces in 2020.
Yulia Navalnaya, the widow of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny, is to chair the US-based Human Rights Foundation (HRF).
The HRF campaigns against authoritarian leaders around the world as well as providing humanitarian aid to Ukraine.
Alexei Navalny died at the age of 47 in an Arctic prison in February after being sentenced to long jail terms on fraud and extremism charges.
He, the West and his supporters said the charges were politically motivated. 
Mrs Navalnaya, who does not live in Russia, said she was “deeply honoured” to be offered the role with the HRF, describing herself as “someone who has personally witnessed the threat dictatorships pose to our loved ones and the world at large”.
Her appointment will allow the Anti-Corruption Foundation, founded by her late husband, to share its experience in conducting high-profile investigations and organising the work of activists more widely, she added.
The US military has increased security protection measures at its bases across Europe.
The threat level is being raised to “Charlie” – the second-highest level for service members.
It is activated when an “incident occurs or intelligence is received indicating that some form of terrorist action or targeting against personnel or facilities is likely”.

US officials said a combination of events had led to the move.
These include elections in the UK and France, the forthcoming Paris Olympics, other major sporting events, and the wars in Ukraine and Gaza.
Service members and their families should maintain a lower profile and be extra aware of their surroundings, one official said.
The Russian-appointed governor of the Crimean port of Sevastopol says Russia has shot down four aerial targets over Crimea.
Mikhail Razvozhayev made the comments on his Telegram channel. 

Fragments of the downed targets are said to have fallen in the coastal area and near Balaklava, which is part of the Sevastopol agglomeration. 
Images have been released of a National Prayer Breakfast held in Kyiv over the weekend.
The event was attended by 836 people from 15 countries, including representatives of 12 denominations, Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s office said.
The president was there, alongside Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, members of parliament, church leaders, volunteers, chaplains, military personnel, veterans and athletes.
Mr Zelenskyy said the gathering comprised people with different views who were united by the desire to “ensure a true victory of good over evil for Ukraine”, his office said.
Participants were addressed by the speaker of the US House of Representatives, Mike Johnson, and former US vice president Mike Pence.
Mr Pence said the Ukrainian people had resisted invasion by a nation four times larger than it in population and 10 times more economically powerful.
A similar event is held every year in Washington DC.
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