Ukraine continues to resist Russian aggression, but the difficulties increase and ammunition is scarce. “We are resisting,” said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, “but heavy weapons are needed to push Russia back.” Yesterday, the deputy head of Ukrainian intelligence gave the alarm: “Without other weapons we will lose at the front”. There are street fights in Severodonetsk. The Russians control about 80 percent of the city, but the Azot chemical plant is still in the hands of Ukrainians, Luhansk region governor Serhiy Haidai said. Meanwhile, Moscow warns NATO that in the event of an increase in Allied troops in Poland, there will be an “immediate and proportionate” Russian response. Russification continues in the areas controlled by Moscow, after the replacement of banners, local administrations and currency, now Russian passports are distributed in Zaporizhzhia. In Mariupol, on the other hand, the welcome sign has been replaced. Today, the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen visits Kiev to take stock of Ukraine’s accession process to the Union.
Zelensky: “We resist, but we need heavy weapons”. “Very fierce fighting continues in the Donbass. Russia wants to destroy every city, but the Ukrainian army is doing everything to stop the aggressive actions of the occupiers. As far as possible. As long as there are heavy weapons and modern artillery – all we have. Asked and we continue to ask our partners. ” After reaching the 108th day of the war, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky returns to ask the Allies to send heavy weapons to slow down the Russian advance. Yesterday, the deputy head of the Ukrainian military intelligence service Vadym Skibitsky sounded the alarm: “At the front we lose, ammunition is scarce”. Now the fate of war is played out at the front, and here “depending on the weapons that the West will give us”.
In Severodonetsk there are fights on the streets, Kiev: “We control Azot”. There are street fights in Severodonetsk. Here the Russians are struggling to move forward, but both sides are recording significant losses. This was reported by the British Ministry of Defense with reference to its latest intelligence updates. The city – one of the last remaining parts of the Luhansk region still under Ukrainian control – has been heavily contested in recent weeks. “Intense street fighting is underway, and both sides are likely to suffer a large number of casualties. Russia – the document adds – is gathering artillery and air support in an attempt to overwhelm the Ukrainian defense.” According to the same report, Moscow uses 5.5 tons of anti-ship missiles from the 1960s against land-based targets. “When used for a ground attack with a conventional warhead, they are very inaccurate and can therefore cause significant side damage and civilian casualties,” the report stresses, concluding that “Russia is likely to resort to weapon systems that are so ineffective because they are short. of more accurate modern missiles, while the Ukrainian air defense plays a deterrent against possible attacks by tactical aircraft in much of the country. “But in Severodonetsk, the Ukrainian resistance holds.” The chemical plant in Azot – said the governor of Luhansk Serhiy Haidai – are still under our control “. Those spread by the Russians are” absolute lies “.” Our forces retain “control over” the industrial zone of Severodonetsk and destroy the Russian army in the city. “About 800 people, including children, are hiding in the basement of the chemical factory Severodonetsk is now 80% controlled by the Russians.
Moscow: “We will respond to the increase in NATO troops in Poland”. The Russian Foreign Ministry said Moscow would respond proportionately to any increase in NATO troops in Poland. “As always, the response will be proportionate and appropriate and aimed at neutralizing possible threats to the Russian Federation,” Oleg Tyapkin, head of the section of the Ministry of Relations with Europe, told Interfax. Yesterday, the Alliance’s B9 group called for a “significant strengthening of deterrence and defense” of NATO’s eastern flank to counter the Russian threat.
Biden: “Our warnings about the impending attack from Russia have been ignored.” In Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelensky and many others ignored warnings from the United States of a possible invasion from Russia. To condemn the passivity is the leader of the White House Joe Biden during a fundraiser. “Zelensky did not want to hear, many did not want to hear. Many people thought I was exaggerating. But I knew we had information that was happening: Putin was crossing the border, there was no doubt.” Biden explained. The Russian president – Biden continues – is trying to wipe out not only the nation Ukraine, but also its culture.
Von der Leyen back in Kiev: “Glad to be here, we will take stock of Ukrainian membership of the EU”. The President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen is again visiting Kiev. She arrived in the Ukrainian capital by train without announcing her mission for security reasons. Here he will meet Zelensky and other leaders of the Ukrainian institutions, including Prime Minister Shmyhal. “We will take stock of the work to be done together for the reconstruction” of Ukraine and “the progress” that the country has made “on its European path,” von der Leyen told the media. According to Ansa, the European Commission’s opinion on the granting of EU candidate status to Ukraine is expected on Friday. On Monday, there will be a first meeting between EU commissioners on the matter. On Friday, the panel of commissioners – exceptionally set at the end of the working week – will decide whether to give the green light to Kiev’s candidacy. In this case, the final decision will lie with the European Council, probably already at the summit in late June.
According to Ansa, the European Commission’s opinion on the granting of EU candidate status to Ukraine is expected on Friday. On Monday, there will be a first meeting between EU commissioners on the matter. On Friday, the panel of commissioners – exceptionally set at the end of the working week – will decide whether to give the green light to Kiev’s candidacy. In this case, the final decision will lie with the European Council, probably already at the summit in late June. Ukraine’s approach to the EU is one of the issues that Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will raise with Volodymyr Zelensky in Kiev.
In Zaporizhzhia the Russians hand out passports, in Mariupol they replace the signs. Today, Russian passports will be issued in areas of the Zaporizhzhia region controlled by Moscow. The holders will be considered full-fledged Russian citizens, Vladimir Rogov, a member of the Russian occupation authorities, told Russian broadcaster Rossiya-24. According to Rogov, more than 70,000 people have searched the region. With a presidential decree, Vladimir Putin introduced a simplified procedure for receiving a Russian passport. According to many, a measure aimed at speeding up the Ukrainians’ acquisition of Russian citizenship with a view to future annexation to the Federation. In Mariupol, however, residents replaced the welcome sign in Ukrainian with a new one in Russian. It reported Ukrainian and Russian media. The last few days – he writes Ukrainian Pravda – in a video released by Mariupol City Council on Telegram, a Russian man was heard saying that the inscription “will be corrected with the normal Russian name of the Russian city”.