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LIVE – Ukraine: Zelensky with his troops in the Donbass

Through the governor of the Luhansk region, Ukraine claims to have taken over half of the city of Severodonestk, in the Donbass. Following Washington, London announced the dispatch of rocket launchers to kyiv. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited Ukrainian troops on the front line.

08:11 GMT. The Ukrainian army in difficulty in Severodonestk according to the governor of Luhansk.
After advances, the situation ” has worsened ” for the Ukrainian forces in Severodonetsk, according to Sergei Gaïdaï, the regional governor.

” The fighting is very fierce in Severodonetsk. Our defenders managed to counterattack and liberate half of the city, but the situation got worse for us ,” he told Ukrainian television 1+1 . without further details.

He affirms that the bombardments have further intensified on Severodonetsk and Lyssytchansk, a neighboring town located on ” the heights ” and strategic for ” holding the line of defense “. He also accuses the Russians of destroying “ everything with their usual scorched earth tactics ” so that “there is nothing left to defend. ”

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LIVE – Ukraine: Zelensky with his troops in the Donbass

Debris lies along a railway infrastructure hit by a Russian missile strike in kyiv, Sunday, June 5, 2022.

Debris lies along a railway infrastructure hit by a Russian missile strike in Kyiv, Sunday, June 5, 2022.

Monday, June 6

08:11 GMT. The Ukrainian army in difficulty in Severodonestk according to the governor of Luhansk.
After advances, the situation ” has worsened ” for the Ukrainian forces in Severodonetsk, according to Sergei Gaïdaï, the regional governor.

” The fighting is very fierce in Severodonetsk. Our defenders managed to counterattack and liberate half of the city, but the situation got worse for us ,” he told Ukrainian television 1+1. without further details.

He affirms that the bombardments have further intensified on Severodonetsk and Lyssytchansk, a neighboring town located on ” the heights ” and strategic for ” holding the line of defense “. He also accuses the Russians of destroying “ everything with their usual scorched earth tactics ” so that “there is nothing left to defend. ”

(Re)see: War in Ukraine: war of attrition in Severodonets

03:00 GMT. Volodymyr Zelensky in the Donbas with his troops.

In his daily video message, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he visited his troops in the Donbass in the town of Lysychansk, neighboring Severodonestk. ” We brought something to the army. I won’t go into detail about it,” he said.

He also visited Zaporijjia, in the south of the country. In addition to the regional authorities, he met residents of Mariupol who had managed to flee the Russian bombardments. “ Each family has its own story. Most were without men , he commented. The husband of one went to war, that of another is in captivity, that of still another, unfortunately , is dead. A tragedy. No home, no love. But we must live for the children. True heroes, they are among us .”
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Sunday, June 5

11:01 p.m. UK to supply rocket launchers to Ukraine.
The British Ministry of Defense has announced that London will deliver rocket launchers with a range of 80 kilometers to Ukraine.

These multiple launch rocket systems (M270 MLRS) will ” significantly increase the capabilities of the Ukrainian forces “, the ministry said in a statement.

” If the international community maintains its support, Ukraine can win ,” commented British Defense Minister Ben Wallace. Russia’s strategy is changing, and our support must change too. “He added that these new weapons would allow Ukrainians ‘ to better protect themselves against the brutal use of long-range artillery, which Putin’s forces have used indiscriminately to raze towns .’

The decision was taken in ” close coordination ” with the United States. The latter announced last week the supply of Himars systems with a range of 80 kilometers, that is to say multiple rocket launchers mounted on light armor.

Anxious to avoid the United States being considered a co-belligerent, US President Joe Biden has ruled out delivering long-range rocket launcher systems to Ukraine that could reach Russia.

So far, UK military support to Ukraine amounts to some 874 million euros.

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10:30 p.m. UT. “A sharp increase in bombardments” in the coming days in Severodonestk according to the governor of the region. 

If he assures that “half” of the city of Severodonestk has been ” cleansed “, the governor of the Luhansk region,  Serguiï Gaïdaï, expects a Russian counter-offensive in the days to come.

“ In the next five days, there will be a sharp increase in the number of heavy artillery bombardments ,” he said in an interview broadcast on social networks.

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