“The Russians bomb our forces 24 hours a day. difficult situation. We have to prepare for the worstThe Governor of Lugansk, Sergei Gaidai, sounded the alarm to describe what is happening in DonbassOn the eastern front of Ukraine, the scene of very fierce fighting.
In the past few hours, again in the Donbass, Russian forces have made marginal gains in the outskirts Severodonetsk. “Units of the Akhmat Special Forces, together with the 2nd People’s Militia Corps of the Lugansk People’s Republic, liberated a settlement Metalkino Near the city of Severodonetsk“The Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov wrote in Telegram. But be careful, because, as explained by the think tank Institute for the Study of War (ISW)other Russian operations in Donbass, such as takeover efforts Slovyansk and advance east faintlyMade little progress. The reason is simple: the Kremlin’s forces are concentrating all their efforts on Severodonetsk, a city which he must actually conquer in a few days, at most a week, but at the cost of not being able to advance elsewhere.
Meanwhile, the Russian army continues to fight to drive the Ukrainians out of the occupied border north of the city Kharkiv and along the southern axis. However, in both cases, it appears that Moscow has not made significant gains, leaving room and space for potential Ukrainian counterattacks, as well as for local partisan action. Ukraine’s Main Intelligence Directorate also released what appeared to be phone calls intercepted between June 17-18, according to reports. In the conversations, Russian soldiers were heard complaining about conditions on the front line, poor equipment, and a general shortage of personnel.
Far – but not so much – from the battlefields, Volodymyr Zelensky Stop in the south of Ukraine. The president visited Mykolaiv And the Odessa, carries a message of hope for local soldiers and citizens. While the head of state was on the southern front, Russian missiles hit his hometown, Kryvyi Rih, In the Dnipro region, and other centers of the country, including KremenchugAnd the Dnipro And the isium.
12:50 PM | Moscow: “The conquest of the suburban settlement of Severodonetsk”
The settlement of Metyulkin near Severodonetsk in Lugansk is under Russian control. This was stated by the Ministry of Defense in Moscow, citing the Interfax agency.
12:30 PM | Kyiv: “Moscow is trying to make Kharkiv a front-line city”
“Russia is trying to make Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine a city on the front line,” Vadim Denisenko, an advisor to the Minister of the Interior, told national television, which was reported by the BBC.
12:13 PM | The Russian army is trying to advance towards Kharkiv
The Russians are trying to advance towards Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city, in the northeast, while in Severodonetsk the situation is “very difficult” but is under control. This is what Vadim Denisenko, adviser to the Ukrainian Interior Ministry, said on Ukrinform, on television. “The situation is very difficult, especially in the direction of Severodonetsk, but it is under control. We can say that the Russians did not make progress in the main areas,” although they tried repeatedly, adding that the attempt to advance on the Bakhmut-Lysychansk road “failed” and “refused”, said Denisenko. by the Ukrainians.
11:45 am | Medvedev: The European Union may disappear before entering Ukraine
“And what if the European Union has also disappeared by that time? It makes me think of the scandal, what sacrifices were made on the altar of EU membership, and what deceive the expectations of dissatisfied Ukrainians? So that it does not bring bad luck … “. The former prime minister, ex-president of Russia, and deputy head of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Medvedev, has returned to the attack on Telegram that threatens Europe in a post analyzing the process of Ukraine’s accession to the European Union.
11:35 AM | Germany takes emergency measures to ensure supplies: increase coal exploitation
Germany will take emergency measures to ensure its energy security in light of recent cuts to Russian gas supplies, in particular through increased coal use. This is what was stated in the memorandum of the Ministry of Economy. “To reduce gas consumption, less gas must be used to generate electricity. Instead, coal-fired power plants will need more use,” the statement said.
10:51 AM | Kyiv deputy: “Stinger and Javelin were sent from the United States and arrived”
The United States has transferred 1,400 shoulder-fired Stinger anti-aircraft missiles and 6,500 Javelin anti-tank missiles to Ukraine. This was announced by Kira Ruddik, leader of Ukraine’s Julos party, on Twitter, adding that the arms shipment includes Switchblade drones, howitzers, M-17 helicopters and Harpoon anti-ship missiles. The tweet comes after US President Joe Biden announced $1 billion worth of new weapons for Ukraine this week.
10:30 am | Kyiv: “The Russians bombed the nitrogen plant twice”
The Russians twice hit the Azot plant in Severodonetsk, destroying the checkpoint and sewage treatment plants at the plant where about 500 civilians are hiding. And the Ukrainian armed forces backed this up, Ukrinform reported, adding that the bridges of the city of Lugansk, the center of the Russian offensive, were bombed again.
10:12 am | New attacks in Severodonetsk: the Russians in Mitulkin
The Ukrainian military said the besieged city of Severodonetsk once again faced heavy artillery and rocket fire as Russian forces attacked the surrounding areas. The Army General Staff acknowledged in its bulletin, as reported by the Guardian, that its forces suffered a setback in the settlement of Mitulkin, southeast of Severodonetsk, as the battle for the industrial city of eastern Ukraine continued. “After artillery bombardment and attack, the enemy achieved partial success in the village of Mitulkin in an attempt to gain a foothold,” he said in a Facebook post.
9:27 am | Zelensky: We will not sell the south of the country to anyone
“We will not give the south of the country to anyone, we will return everything that is ours, the sea will be Ukrainian and safe.” The head of state of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, wrote this morning on the presidential website, which was relaunched by Ukrinform.
8:49 am | An enemy plane was shot down in Vyshgorod: explosions were also heard in Kyiv
Explosions were heard in Kyiv and the area around the Ukrainian capital after the air defense system shot down an enemy air object near Vyshgorod. This was reported by the Telegram channel of the Kyiv Regional Administration, according to which there was no fire at the place of the murder and the victims were not identified. State police departments and other security agencies are currently working on the spot, which identify the object.
8:21 am | Johnson: ‘Time is vital, prepare for a long war’
It is necessary to “prepare for a long war in Ukraine”. Thus British Prime Minister Boris Johnson explained in one of his writings to the Sunday Times that “time is now a vital factor” and calls on countries supporting Ukraine to “strategic resistance for survival and eventual victory”.
7:37 AM | NATO: “The war in Ukraine could last for years”
“The war in Ukraine could go on for years.” This was stated by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in an interview published today by the German newspaper Bild. “We need to be prepared because this will last for years,” he said, noting “not to weaken support for Ukraine, even if the costs are high, not only in terms of military support, but also because of high prices for energy and food.”
7:00 am | A new prisoner exchange between Moscow and Kiev
Today’s prisoner exchange between Moscow and Kiev. This announcement was made by the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, who spoke of the exchange of five civilians with the same number of Russian prisoners. It also happened on other occasions, since the beginning of the war, that these exchanges between the two countries, as happened with the bodies of dead soldiers.
6:30 am | Governor Lugansk: “We are preparing for the worst”
Sergei Gaidai, governor of Lugansk, the eastern Ukraine region, which has been the scene of fierce fighting with Russia, said the current situation is “difficult in the city of Lysechansk and in the region as a whole” as the Russians bomb cities. Our troops are there for 24 hours there – said Gaidai – an expression: prepare for the worst and the best will come by itself: we must prepare. ”The Ukrainian artillery fires from Lysichansk on Severodonetsk, smoke rises from the Azot plant and Russian forces launch shells and missiles.
6:00 am | Zelensky in Mykolaiv and Odessa: “We are fighting to win”
Volodymyr Zelensky returns to the front while the Russians bomb his hometown of Kryvyi Rih. After last weekend’s visits to troops in Zaporizhzhya and Donbass, the president made an unexpected appearance in Mykolaiv and Odessa, the two strategic centers on the Black Sea, and visited other sites symbolizing the Ukrainian resistance.
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