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War in Ukraine: what to remember from the 102nd day of the Russian invasion


“Street battles” are taking place in Severodonetsk, a strategic city in eastern Ukraine, where Moscow’s forces are exerting all their weight to control the entire Donbass mining basin. “The Russians controlled about 70% of the city, but in the last two days they were pushed back,” said Sergiy Gaïdaï, governor of the Lugansk region.


The Russians have lost ground in Severodonetsk, a key city in eastern Ukraine and the epicenter of fierce fighting for control of Donbass, the regional governor said on Sunday. “The Russians controlled about 70% of the city, but in the last two days they have been pushed back. The city is divided in two, they are afraid to move freely there”, declared on Telegram Serguiï Gaïdaï, governor of the Lugansk region.

Severodonetsk is the Ukrainian administrative capital of this region, which has been partly controlled by pro-Russian separatists since 2014. Ukrainian forces captured eight Russian prisoners there, he added.

Moscow says it destroyed tanks delivered by Eastern European countries

Russia said on Sunday it destroyed armor supplied to Ukraine by Eastern European countries in airstrikes on kyiv, the first in several weeks.

“High-precision, long-range missiles fired by the Russian Aerospace Forces at the outskirts of kyiv destroyed T-72 tanks supplied by Eastern European countries and other armored vehicles that were in the hangars of a railway car repair company, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said.

The Russians lost ground in Severodonetsk

According to him, Russian General Alexander Dvornikov, who commands Russian troops in Ukraine, “has set himself a goal: by June 10, either to completely take Severodonetsk, or to control the Lyssytchansk-Bakhmut road” which will open the way to Kramatorsk, Ukrainian capital of the other larger Donbass region, that of Donetsk.

“All forces, all (Russian) reserves are concentrated on these two tasks,” he said. The Russian Defense Ministry said on Saturday that Ukrainian military units “having suffered critical losses during the fighting for Severodonetsk (up to 90% in several units)” were withdrawing to Lyssychansk, the neighboring large city.

But Severodonetsk Mayor Olexander Striouk said Saturday night that street fighting continued there and that Ukrainian forces were seeking to “restore full control” of the city.

The mayor of the capital Vitali Klitschko reported in the morning several explosions in the districts of Darnytsky and Dnipropetrovsky. Air raid warnings sounded in many other cities across the country. The city remains at the heart of the Russian offensive in the Donbass mining basin, an eastern region under the partial control of pro-Russian separatists since 2014 and which Moscow hopes to conquer in full. The state of forces there remains unclear.

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Moscow claims to have destroyed two Ukrainian command centers

The Russians “are blowing up the bridges so that we cannot send reinforcements to our guys, who are in Severodonetsk”, added the governor. For its part, Moscow claims to have destroyed two Ukrainian command centers and six ammunition depots in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

For the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW), the dynamic has changed and now Ukrainian forces are “successfully slowing (…) the Russian assaults on Severodonetsk through careful and effective local counterattacks”. .

Fighting continues on other fronts as well. According to the Ukrainian Defense Minister, “Russia continues to make efforts to occupy our entire state”. The Kremlin dreams, assured Oleksiï Reznikov, of “gathering the lands” which he considers “his”, including “Poland, the Baltic countries, Slovakia and others”.

Russia triples the area of ​​conquered Ukrainian territory

Crimea, Donbass, southern Ukraine: in total, Russia has tripled since the start of the invasion, the area of ​​Ukrainian territory under its control reaching 125,000 km², or 20% of the country, according to Mr. Zelensky.

On the southern front, in the Kherson region, Moscow “continues to bombard the occupied territories and the positions of the Ukrainian army”, announced the Ukrainian presidency, which fears a humanitarian crisis in the areas in Russian hands.

The Russian army claims to have destroyed “a point of deployment of foreign mercenaries” near Dachnoe, in the Odessa region and to have hit with missiles a training center for Ukrainian gunners near Stetskovka, in the Sumy region ( north), where “foreign instructors trained Ukrainian soldiers in the use of the M777 howitzer”.

The port of Mykolaiv was also hit by a missile, as well as an agricultural enterprise in the large port of Odessa, where “warehouses were damaged” and two people died, according to kyiv.

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The war continues to weigh on cereal exports, on which African countries in particular depend. After his meeting on Friday with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Senegalese head of state and current chairman of the African Union, Macky Sall, announced on Saturday his intention to visit Ukraine and “contribute to the return of peace “.

For his part, the Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs replied on Saturday to French President Emmanuel Macron who, the day before, repeated that it was not necessary “to humiliate Russia” to preserve diplomatic exit doors. “We would all do better to focus on how to put Russia in its place. This will bring peace and save lives,” retorted Dmytro Kouleba, saying that Mr. Macron’s position can only “humiliate France “.

At the same time, the USS Kearsarge was taking up residence in Stockholm. It is the largest American warship ever to anchor in the port of the Swedish capital. “It is important for us, the United States, as well as for the other NATO countries, to show our solidarity with Finland and Sweden,” said General Mark Milley, the American Chief of Staff. , ahead of NATO’s annual naval maneuvers in the Baltic Sea.

Sunday evening, on the lawn of Cardiff, the Ukrainians will try to win another victory, the one that would qualify the national team for the World Cup. “We all understood that the game against Wales will not be about fitness or tactics, but about survival. Everyone will fight for it and give their all,” explained defender Oleksandr Zinchenko, as if to better unite with the Ukrainian soldiers, failing to be able to fight alongside them.

Moscow threatens to hit new targets

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Sunday that Moscow would hit new targets if the West supplied long-range missiles to Ukraine, saying the current arms deliveries were aimed at “prolonging the conflict”. If long-range missiles are delivered to Ukraine, “then we will draw the appropriate conclusions and use our weapons (…) to hit sites that we have not targeted so far”, the chief said. of Russian state, quoted by the local press agencies. He did not specify which targets might be affected.

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