Ukraine latest: Russia controls most of Sievierodonetsk, governor says

Ukrainian soldiers describe what life is like in the trenches

Russian forces are now in control of “much of Sievierodonetsk”, according to the governor of the Luhansk region.

“The situation remains difficult. Fighting continues, but unfortunately, most of the city is under Russian control. Some positional battles are taking place in the streets,” Serhiy Haidai said on Saturday.

Mr Haidai said Russian forces were using “highly destructive thermobaric rocket artillery”.

Meanwhile, the Russian shelling of the Azot chemical plant in the embattled city of Sievierodonetsk caused a powerful fire to break out after a leak of tonnes of radiator oil.

Mr Gaidai said the fire at the plant, where hundreds of civilians are sheltering, had not been extinguished. On Telegram, he claimed Ukraine authorities still controlled an industrial area in Sievierodonetsk where heavy fighting continues and the chemical plant where hundreds are sheltering from Russian shelling.

He said on Telegram that information of a blockade of the Azot plant was “a lie”.

“Our forces are holding an industrial zone of Sievierodonetsk and are destroying the Russian army in the town,” he said.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky has warned that all of Europe is a potential target for Russia.

The war-time leader made the comment while he discussed Ukraine’s bid to join the EU with European Commission president Ursula Von der Leyen.

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Ukraine forces run low on ammunition amid ‘street-to-street’ fighting with Russians

Ukrainian forces are running out of ammunition as Russia steps up its intense bombardment, officials said on Saturday, amid reports of street-to-street fighting in the town of Sievierodonetsk.

Vitaly Kim, governor of the Mykolaiv region on the southern front line, said Vladimir Putin’s forces were much more powerful, and asked for more international help.

Read the full story by Alastair Jamieson here:

Maroosha Muzaffar12 June 2022 05:58

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Ukraine claims it still controls Sievierodonetsk plant sheltering hundreds

Ukraine authorities have claimed that it is still in control of an industrial area in Sievierodonetsk — where heavy fighting continues — and the chemical plant where hundreds are sheltering from Russian shelling.

Serhiy Gaidai, the region’s governor, had earlier said that Russian forces controlled much of Sievierodonetsk in Luhansk province.

A Russia-backed separatist group had also claimed on Saturday that some 300-400 Ukrainian fighters were trapped in the Azot plant. Some 800 people, including employees of the chemical plant and residents of Sievierodonetsk, are hiding in Azot plant.

Mr Gaidai confirmed on Telegram that “the information about the blockade of the Azot plant is a lie. Our forces are holding an industrial zone of Sievierodonetsk and are destroying the Russian army in the town.”

Maroosha Muzaffar12 June 2022 05:28

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Russia in control of much of Sievierodonetsk, governor of Luhansk says

Russian forces are now in control of much of Sievierodonetsk, CNN reported.

“The situation remains difficult. Fighting continues, but unfortunately, most of the city is under Russian control. Some positional battles are taking place in the streets,” Serhiy Haidai, the governor of Luhansk region said.

Mr Haidai said on Saturday that Russian forces were using “highly destructive thermobaric rocket artillery.”

“Unfortunately, enemy artillery is simply dismantling floor-to-floor buildings that are used as shelters. In this sense, it is difficult because the enemy will be knocked out of one street, and then they will start dismantling neighbourhoods house by house with tanks, artillery and grads,” the governor said.

Volodymyr Zelensky, meanwhile, praised Ukrainian forces in the region and said that he was “proud of our defenders who could stop the advance of these hostile people, these occupiers, for many weeks and keep our defence strong.”

He had said earlier that “Sievierodonetsk remains the epicentre of the confrontation in Donbas.”

“This is a very fierce battle, very difficult … Probably one of the most difficult throughout this war,” he added. “In many ways, the fate of our Donbas is being decided there.”

Maroosha Muzaffar12 June 2022 05:17

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Russia handing out passports in occupied Ukrainian cities

The Russian occupation authorities said on Saturday that they have started to hand out Russian passports to locals in Kherson and Melitopol.

Ukraine has, meanwhile, condemned this “Russification” of Ukrainian citizens.

Tass news agency reported that 23 residents of Kherson got Russian passports at a ceremony on Saturday.

The agency claims that thousands have applied for the passports. But BBC said that the reports couldn’t be verified.

Volodymyr Saldo, the Russian-appointed governor in Kherson said: “All our Khersonite comrades want to receive the passport and [Russian] citizenship as soon as possible.”

Ukraine has said that this Russian decree is “legally void.”

Maroosha Muzaffar12 June 2022 04:43

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War guilt and last kisses: A deceptive, uneasy calm for Kyiv

In the outdoor gym on Venice Beach, the name given to an inviting stretch of sand on the majestic Dnieper River that courses through the capital of Ukraine, Serhiy Chornyi is working on his summer body, up-down-up-downing a chunky hunk of iron.

The aim of his sweat and toil isn’t to impress the girls in their bright summer bikinis. Working out is part of his contribution to Ukraine’s all-hands-on-deck war effort: The National Guardsman expects to be sent eastward to the battlefields soon and doesn’t want to take his paunch with him for the fight against Russia’s invasion force.

“I’m here to get in shape. To be able to help my friends with whom I’ll be,” the 32-year-old said. “I feel that my place is there now. … There is only one thing left: to defend. There is no other option, only one road.”

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Vladimir Putin’s bodyguards bag up his excrement while he is abroad so it can be brought back Russia, according to a report.

The bizarre claim was first reported in French news magazine Paris Match by two veteran investigative journalists.

According to the report, members of the Russian president’s Federal Protection Service (FPS) are responsible for collecting his bodily waste in specialised packets which are then placed in a dedicated briefcase for the journey home.

Joe Middleton12 June 2022 01:30

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Ukraine forces run low on ammunition amid ‘street-to-street’ fighting with Russians

Ukrainian forces are running out of ammunition as Russia steps up its intense bombardment, officials said on Saturday amid reports of street-to-street fighting in the town of Sievierodonetsk.

Vitaly Kim, governor of the Mykolaiv region on the southern frontline, said Vladimir Putin’s forces were much more powerful and asked for more international help.

“For now, this is a war of artillery … and we are out of ammo,” he said. “The help of Europe and America is very, very important because we just need ammo to defend our country.”

Alastair Jamieson reports.

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