Thirty-six people are believed to have died at a coal mine where a methane gas ignition triggered three explosions and the collapse of the mine in Vorkuta, Russia.
Ambassadors for EU member states meet today to develop criteria for reopening external borders to travelers on July 1. European Commission guidance is that non-EU countries whose COVID-19 status, e.g., the number of new infections, the trend in new infections, and testing and tracing, are comparable or better than the EU average will make the safe list. Other factors, such as reciprocity and links to the EU, will also be considered. Travelers from countries such as Brazil, Russia, and the United States may be barred based on these rules.
Prague removes the controversial monument of Soviet General Ivan Konev, prompting anger from the Russian Embassy and Czech President Milos Zeman. Prague 6's local assembly voted to remove the Soviet-era monument in 2019.
It is reported that Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko is shot dead near his home in Kiev, Ukraine. The day after, the event is revealed by the Ukrainian Security Service to have been staged as part of an operation to catch those who were trying to kill him.
Tehran, Iran, hosts a foreign ministers' conference on Syria, but the attendees remain unknown. Russia is to be represented by its ambassador to Iran. [https:--www.reuters.com-article-2012-08-09-us-syria-crisis-idUSBRE8610SH20120809 (Reuters)] [http:--english.ruvr.ru-2012_08_08-Russian-ambassador-to-attend-Syria-meeting-in-Tehran- (The Voice of Russia)]date=August 2019