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The governor of Ukraine’s Luhansk region, Serhiy Gaidai, said there were some 10,000 Russian troops in the eastern region, Reuters reports, adding that he could not independently verify the claim.

“These are the (units) that are permanently in the Luhansk region, trying to attack and trying to make gains in all possible directions,” Gaidai told Ukrainian television.

Russian forces probably captured most of the town of Lymanas part of a likely preliminary operation for the next stage of their Donbass offensive, the UK Ministry of Defense said.

In its latest update, the ministry said Lyman was a strategically important railway junction and an access point to important rail and road bridges over the Siverskyy Donets River.

“In the next few days, the Russian units present in the region will probably give priority to forcing the crossing of the river. For now, Russia’s main effort probably remains 40 km to the east, around the Sieverodonetsk pocket, but a bridgehead near Lyman would give Russia an advantage in the potential next phase of the war. Donbass offensive, when it will probably seek to advance on the Ukrainian keys. deeper cities in Donetsk Oblast, Sloviansk and Kramatorsk,” he said.

On Thursday, Denis Pushilin, the leader of the self-proclaimed Russian-backed Donetsk People’s Republic, said that if Russia captured all of Donetsk and Luhansk, a referendum would be held.

An interesting interview with retired Major John Spencer, chair of urban warfare studies at the Madison Policy Forum. He told the BBC that Russia had some momentum in the east, but the Ukrainians had the ability to hold them back if they could get more Western weapons.

When asked if the Ukrainian forces could continue to fight, given resource depletion and troop exhaustion, Spencers replied that he thought so.

“They still have what Russia doesn’t – the will to fight, they are fighting for their country. Many in Russia are still struggling with morale and cohesion because they don’t know what they are fighting for. “.

On rumors that the United States would give Ukraine longer-range weapons systems, he said it would be “an essential lifeblood in preventing Ukraine from losing more and more of the eastern part of the world.” Donbass”.

Hello and welcome to our continuing coverage of the war in Ukraine. Here is a brief summary of the latest developments. Much of the focus is on the east, where the situation looks grim in the beleaguered city of Sievierodonetsk – the largest in Donbass still held by Ukraine.

Luhansk Governor Serhiy Haidai said Ukrainian forces may have to retreat after Russian troops entered the city, report Peter Beaumont and Isobel Koshib.

“The Russians will not be able to capture the Luhansk region in the next few days as analysts predicted,” Haidai said on Telegram, referring to Sievierodonetsk and its twin city Lysychansk across the border. Siverskiy Donets river. “We will have enough strength and resources to defend ourselves. However, it is possible that in order not to be surrounded we will have to retreat.

Haidai said 90% of buildings in the city were damaged.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy acknowledged that the situation in Donhas was “very difficult”, saying in a speech on Friday evening that the invading forces “have concentrated maximum artillery, maximum reserves” in the area.

“There are missile strikes and aircraft attacks – everything,” he said. “We protect our lands in the way that our current defense resources allow us. We are doing everything to increase them. And we will increase them.

“If the occupiers think that Lyman or Sievierodonetsk will be theirs, they are mistaken. The Donbass will be Ukrainian.

  • Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer said that in talks with Vladimir Putin, the Russian president had indicated that he was “ready to discuss a prisoner exchange with Ukraine”.
  • Independent news source Meduza reported that officials close to the Kremlin said Russia was “planning a full-scale victory in Ukraine by fall » and can still try to take the capital of Kyiv.
  • The Governor of the Eastern Region of Ukraine Lugansk said Ukrainian forces might be forced to withdraw from the area to avoid capture.
  • A NATO Ministry of Defense next meeting to discuss the war will be June 15-16, Nexta reports.
  • New figures from the UN have revealed that 4,031 civilians died since Russia first invaded Ukraine in February, including 261 children.
  • The American President Joe Biden accused Vladimir Poutine attempt to “annihilate” Ukrainian culture and identity during a speech today, reports the Washington Post.
  • A new report by more than 30 internationally renowned jurists and experts claims that Russia is guilty of incitement to genocide and intending to commit genocide in Ukraine, legally obliging other countries to stop him.
  • The United States should send Ilong range rocket systems in Ukraine which could be announced as early as next week, reports CNN.
  • Officials in Ukraine – including the president Volodymyr Zelensky in his Friday evening addresscalled for additional help from the west as the Donbass region faces “a clear policy of genocide” by Russian forces.



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