Russia advances in battle for key eastern Ukraine city | Russia-Ukraine war News

Russia has stated its forces seized a village close to Ukraine’s industrial metropolis of Severodonetsk, a major goal in Moscow’s marketing campaign to regulate the nation’s east.

The defence ministry stated on Sunday it had received Metyolkine, a settlement of fewer than 800 individuals earlier than the battle started. Russian state information company TASS reported that many Ukrainian fighters had surrendered there.

Ukraine’s navy stated Russia had “partial success” within the space, which is about 6km (4 miles) southeast of Severodonetsk.

After failing to take the capital Kyiv early within the battle, Russian forces have targeted on making an attempt to take full management of Luhansk and Donetsk provinces, which collectively comprise the Donbas area in japanese Ukraine. Some components of the Donbas have been already held by Russian-backed separatists earlier than the February 24 invasion.

Ukrainian soldiers fire at Russian positions with a M777 howitzer.
Ukrainian troopers hearth at Russian positions from a US-supplied M777 howitzer in Ukraine’s japanese Donetsk area [Efrem Lukatsky/AP Photo]

Moscow stated on Sunday its offensive to win Severdonetsk itself was continuing efficiently.

Luhansk Governor Serhiy Haidai advised Ukrainian TV that combating made evacuations from town unimaginable, however that “all Russian claims that they management the city are a lie. They management the principle a part of the city, however not the entire city”.

Among the many communities round Severodonestk, Haidai advised Ukraine TV {that a} Russian assault on Toshkivka, 35km (22 miles) south, “had a level of success”.

The UK’s Ministry of Defence on Sunday claimed that each Russia and Ukraine have continued heavy bombardment round Severodonestk “with little change to the entrance line”.

The UK navy evaluation stated morale for Ukrainian and Russian fight items within the Donbas was seemingly “variable”.

“Many Russian personnel of all ranks additionally seemingly stay confused concerning the battle’s targets. Morale issues within the Russian power are seemingly so vital that they’re limiting Russia’s capacity to realize operational targets,” the ministry tweeted.

Russia continues bombardment

In Severodonetsk’s twin metropolis of Lysychansk, residential buildings and personal homes had been destroyed by Russian shelling, Haidai stated. “Individuals are dying on the streets and in bomb shelters,” he added.

He later stated 19 individuals had been evacuated on Sunday. “We’re managing to herald humanitarian support and evacuate individuals as finest we will,” Haidai stated.

In Ukraine’s second-largest metropolis Kharkiv, northwest of Luhansk, Russia’s defence ministry stated its Iskander missiles had destroyed weaponry just lately provided by Western international locations.

A tram depot destroyed by a Russian missile strike in Kharkiv, Ukraine.
A view exhibits a tram depot destroyed by a Russian missile assault in Kharkiv, Ukraine [Vitalii Hnidyi/Reuters]

Russian forces have been making an attempt to method Kharkiv, which skilled intense shelling earlier within the battle, and switch it right into a “frontline metropolis”, a Ukrainian inside ministry official stated.

In southern Ukraine, Western weaponry had helped Ukrainian forces advance 10 km (6 miles) in direction of Russian-occupied Melitopol, its mayor stated in a video posted on Telegram from exterior town.

NATO Secretary Basic Jens Stoltenberg urged Western international locations on Sunday they have to be prepared to supply long-term navy, political and financial assist to Kyiv throughout a grinding battle which might final years.

“We should not weaken in our assist of Ukraine, even when the prices are excessive — not solely by way of navy assist but in addition due to rising vitality and meals costs,” Stoltenberg advised German every day newspaper Bild.

Germany to part out Russia fuel

In the meantime, Germany’s financial system minister stated the nation will flip to coal and restrict the usage of fuel for electrical energy manufacturing amid considerations about potential shortages attributable to a discount in fuel provides from Russia.

Germany has been making an attempt to fill its fuel storage amenities to capability forward of the chilly winter months.

Financial system Minister Robert Habeck stated that Germany will attempt to compensate for the transfer by rising the burning of coal, a extra polluting fossil gasoline. “That’s bitter, however it’s merely vital on this state of affairs to decrease fuel utilization,” he stated.

“It’s apparent that [Russian President] Putin’s technique is to unsettle us by driving up the worth and dividing us,” Habeck stated. “We received’t let that occur.”

Russian fuel big Gazprom has stated that exports to international locations that didn’t belong to the previous Soviet Union have been down 28.9 p.c between January 1 and June 15 in contrast with the identical interval final yr.

Individually on Sunday, Italy’s state-owned vitality change disclosed that Gazprom stated it is going to solely partially meet a request by Italy’s Eni for fuel provides on Monday, signalling a sixth consecutive every day shortfall.

The pinnacle of Italian vitality big ENI stated on Saturday that with extra fuel bought from different sources, Italy ought to make it by its subsequent winter, however he warned Italians that “restrictions” affecting fuel use is perhaps vital.

Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov stated on Thursday that reductions in provide weren’t premeditated and have been associated to upkeep points. Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi has dismissed this rationalization as a “lie”.

Russia-Ukraine live news: Kyiv says battle in Donbas ‘terrifying’ | Russia-Ukraine war News

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says combat for key jap metropolis Severodonetsk inflicting ‘very excessive’ human value.

  • The battle for the important thing jap metropolis of Severodonetsk is taking a “terrifying” human toll, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has mentioned.
  • Russia’s foremost aim in Ukraine is to guard the breakaway Donetsk and Luhansk Individuals’s Republics, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has mentioned.
  • Ukraine’s nationwide police chief says authorities are investigating the killings of greater than 12,000 Ukrainians within the conflict.
  • The entire bridges in Severodonetsk have been destroyed, making it unattainable to usher in humanitarian provides or evacuate residents, the native governor has mentioned.
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Battle for Severodonetsk taking ‘terrifying’ human toll: Zelenskyy

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has mentioned the battle for Severodonetsk was taking a “terrifying” toll as Russian forces threaten to take the strategic jap metropolis.

“The human value of this battle could be very excessive for us. It’s merely terrifying,” Zelenskyy mentioned on Telegram in his day by day tackle to the Ukrainian folks.

“The battle for the Donbas will doubtless be remembered in navy historical past as one of the vital violent battles in Europe,” he added. “We’re coping with absolute evil. And we have now no selection however to maneuver ahead and free our territory.”


Ukraine exhumes seven our bodies of individuals it says had been killed by Russian forces

Ukrainian investigators have exhumed seven our bodies from makeshift graves in a forest close to Kyiv.

The our bodies had been discovered outdoors the village of Vorzel, lower than 10 kilometres (6 miles) from the city of Bucha, the place Kyiv alleges that Russian forces who occupied the world carried out systematic executions in an abortive try to seize the capital. Russia denies that.

“That is one other sadistic crime of the Russian military within the Kyiv area,” regional police chief Andriy Nyebytov mentioned on Fb.


Moroccan sentenced to demise in Donetsk shouldn’t be a mercenary, father says

The daddy of a Moroccan man sentenced to demise by a court docket within the self-proclaimed Donetsk Individuals’s Republic (DPR) on mercenary prices has mentioned his son ought to be handled as a prisoner of conflict as he’s a Ukrainian nationwide who handed himself in voluntarily.

Morocco-born fighter Brahim Saadoun acquired Ukrainian nationality in 2020 after present process a yr of navy coaching as a requirement to entry aerospace expertise research at a college in Kyiv, his father Tahar Saadoun mentioned in an e-mail to the Reuters information company.

He handed himself in “voluntarily” and ought to be handled as a “prisoner of conflict”, the daddy mentioned.

“We as a household endure from the absence of contact with the lawyer to change authorized info and this provides to our ordeal,” he mentioned.


Russia’s key aim in Ukraine is to guard Moscow-backed republics: Peskov

Russia’s foremost aim in Ukraine is to guard the Moscow-backed Donetsk and Luhansk Individuals’s Republics, Russia’s RIA state information company has cited Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying.

“Generally, the safety of the republics is the primary aim of the particular navy operation,” Peskov mentioned.

Donetsk and Luhansk are two breakaway Russian-backed entities within the Donbas area of jap Ukraine, which Russia says it’s combating to take away totally from Kyiv’s management.


Welcome to Al Jazeera’s persevering with protection of the conflict in Ukraine.

Learn all of the updates from Monday, June 13, right here.

Russia has begun ‘Battle for Donbas’ in Ukraine’s east: Zelenskyy | Russia-Ukraine war News

Russia has launched a full-scale floor offensive to take management of Ukraine’s east, in keeping with authorities in Kyiv, with explosions reported all alongside the entrance traces and one native official describing the state of affairs as “hell” amid “fixed preventing”.

The “Battle for Donbas” started on Monday, in keeping with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, with a “very giant a part of your entire Russian military now targeted on this offensive”.

The Donbas is Ukraine’s primarily Russian-speaking industrial heartland within the east, the place Moscow-backed separatists have been preventing Ukrainian forces for the previous eight years. Professional-Russian leaders there have declared two unbiased republics, which Russia recognised earlier than launching its invasion of Ukraine on February 24.

In current weeks, the Kremlin declared the seize of the Donbas its principal aim of the warfare after its try and storm Kyiv failed. After withdrawing from the capital, Russia started regrouping and reinforcing its floor troops within the east for an all-out offensive.

Zelenskyy, in a video handle, pledged to battle again, saying: “Irrespective of what number of Russian troops are pushed there, we are going to battle. We are going to defend ourselves. We are going to do it on daily basis.”

The president’s chief of employees, Andriy Yermak, referred to as the offensive “the second section of the warfare” and guaranteed Ukrainians their forces may maintain off the assault.

“Consider in our military, it is rather sturdy,” he stated.

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After the offensive bought underneath method, the Ukrainian army reported elevated assaults within the Luhansk and Donetsk areas – each of that are a part of the Donbas – in addition to within the space of Zaporizhzhia.

“This morning, nearly alongside the entire entrance line of the Donetsk, Luhansk and Kharkiv areas, the occupiers tried to interrupt by means of our defences,” Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of Ukraine’s nationwide safety council, was quoted as telling Ukrainian media on Monday.

“Fortuitously, our army is holding out. They handed by means of solely two cities. That is Kreminna and one other small city.”

He added: “We aren’t giving up any of our territories.”

‘It’s hell’

A Ukrainian army official reported “fixed preventing” in a number of cities in Luhansk and stated road battles had begun in Kreminna, making evacuation unimaginable.

“It’s hell. The offensive has begun, the one we’ve been speaking about for weeks,” Serhiy Hadai, the regional army administrator for Luhansk, wrote on Fb. “There’s fixed preventing in Rubizhne and Popasna, preventing in different peaceable cities.”

In Kreminna, heavy artillery fireplace set seven residential buildings on fireplace and focused the sports activities advanced the place the nation’s Olympic group trains, he stated, telling Ukrainian tv later that Russians took management of town after “levelling all the things to the bottom”.

“The Russian military has already entered there, with an enormous quantity of army {hardware} … Our defenders have retreated to new positions,” he added.

Ukrainian media additionally reported a collection of explosions, some highly effective, alongside the entrance line within the Donetsk area, with shelling happening in Marinka, Sloviansk and Kramatorsk. Ukrainian native officers and native media stated extra explosions had been heard in Kharkiv within the northeast of Ukraine, Mykolaiv within the south and Zaporizhzhia within the southeast.

Al Jazeera was not instantly in a position to confirm the experiences.

A senior US defence official, talking on situation of anonymity to debate the Pentagon’s assessments of the warfare, stated there have been now 76 Russian fight models, generally known as battalion tactical teams, in japanese and southern Ukraine, up from 65 final week.

That would translate to about 50,000 to 60,000 troops, based mostly on what the Pentagon stated in the beginning of the warfare was the everyday unit power of 700 to 800 troopers, however the numbers are tough to pinpoint at this stage within the preventing.

The official additionally stated that 4 US cargo flights arrived in Europe on Sunday with an preliminary supply of weapons and different supplies for Ukraine as a part of an $800m package deal introduced by Washington final week. Additionally, coaching of Ukrainian personnel on US 155 mm howitzers is about to start within the subsequent few days.

The seize of the besieged southern port metropolis of Mariupol is seen as key to the Russian offensive, the official stated, and never simply because it will deprive Ukraine of a significant port and full a land bridge between Russia and the Crimean Peninsula, seized from Ukraine in 2014.

If Russian forces reach taking full management of Mariupol, that might release practically a dozen battalion tactical teams to be used elsewhere within the Donbas, the official stated.

‘Nowhere protected’

Russia has claimed management of the strategic metropolis, however Ukrainian officers say it’s nonetheless contested, with tons of of Ukrainian fighters holed up within the Azovstal metal plant holding out in opposition to the invading troops.

Mariupol metropolis council stated not less than 1,000 civilians had been additionally hiding in underground shelters beneath the huge steelworks.

Denys Prokopenko, commander of the Azov Regiment of the Ukrainian Nationwide Guard, stated in a video message that Russia had begun dropping bunker-buster bombs on the plant.

Elsewhere in Ukraine, Russian forces continued shelling and missile assaults, killing not less than three in Ukraine’s second metropolis of Kharkiv and an additional seven within the far western metropolis of Lviv.

The assault on Lviv hit three army infrastructure amenities and an auto store, in keeping with the area’s governor, Maksym Kozytskyy.

He stated the wounded included a toddler.

Lviv, the largest metropolis and a central transportation hub in western Ukraine, is about 80km (50 miles) from Poland, a NATO member. It has seen solely sporadic assaults throughout nearly two months of warfare and has turn into a haven for civilians fleeing the preventing in different components of the nation.

It has additionally turn into an important gateway for NATO-supplied weapons.

Russia has strongly complained in regards to the growing move of Western weapons to Ukraine and warned that such support may have penalties. On Russian state media, some anchors have charged that the provides quantity to direct Western engagement within the battle in opposition to Russia.

The assaults on Monday additionally broken a  Lviv lodge sheltering displaced Ukrainians.

“The nightmare of warfare has caught up with us even in Lviv,” stated Lyudmila Turchak, who fled with two kids from Kharkiv.

“There is no such thing as a longer wherever in Ukraine the place we are able to really feel protected.”