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Russia Ukraine War News Highlights: Ukrainian army lost up to 10,000 fighters in the first 100 days of the war, says Zelenskyy’s advisor

In Sievierodonetsk, the small city that has become the focus of Russia's advance in eastern Ukraine and one of the bloodiest flashpoints in a war well into its fourth month, further heavy fighting was reported.

By: Express Web Desk | Ukraine |
Updated: June 15, 2022 7:06:48 am
A woman brandishes the Ukrainian flag on top of a destroyed Russian tank in Kyiv, Ukraine, June 10, 2022. (AP)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s advisor said that the Ukrainian army had lost up to 10,000 fighters in the first 100 days of the war. Oleksiy Arestovych, in a social media interview, estimated the Russian army is losing on average five to six times as many fighters as the Ukrainian side. When asked whether this suggested the Ukrainian army had lost up to 10,000 fighters in the first 100 days of the war, Arestovych said, “Yes, something like that.”

Meanwhile, Ukraine is pleading to Western countries for faster deliveries of weapons as better-armed Russian forces pounded the east of the country, and for humanitarian support to combat growing outbreaks of deadly diseases. “This is an artillery war now,” Vadym Skibitsky, Ukraine’s deputy head of military intelligence, told Britain’s Guardian newspaper. “Everything now depends on what (the West) gives us. Ukraine has one artillery piece to 10 to 15 Russian artillery pieces.”

In Sievierodonetsk, the small city that has become the focus of Russia’s advance in eastern Ukraine and one of the bloodiest flashpoints in a war well into its fourth month, further heavy fighting was reported. To the south, the mayor of Mariupol said sanitation systems were broken and corpses were rotting in the streets.

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22:16 (IST)11 Jun 2022
Shelling of Ukraine's Sievierodonetsk plant causes oil leak and fire, says governor

Russian shelling of the Azot chemical plant in Ukraine's frontline city of Sievierodonetsk caused a powerful fire to break out after a leak of tonnes of oil, regional governor of Serhiy Gaidai said on Saturday.

Speaking on national television, Gaidai did not say if the fire at the plant, where hundreds of civilians are sheltering, had been extinguished.

He said there was non-stop fighting in Sievierodonetsk, a small city in the Luhansk region that has become the focus of Russia's advance in eastern Ukraine. (Reuters)

21:30 (IST)11 Jun 2022
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21:25 (IST)11 Jun 2022
UK man's family say they are 'devastated' by death sentence

The family of a British man condemned to death for fighting for Ukraine said it is devastated by the outcome of what it termed a “show trial" and called Saturday for him to be released and accorded the treatment an international human rights convention guarantees prisoners of war.

A court in the separatist-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic of Ukraine convicted two British fighters and one Moroccan on Thursday of seeking the violent overthrow of power, an offense punishable by death in the eastern territory controlled by Moscow-backed rebels.

The men were also convicted of mercenary activities and terrorism. “Our whole family is devastated and saddened at the outcome of the illegal show trial,” the family of one of the British men, Shaun Pinner, said. (AP)

19:41 (IST)11 Jun 2022
Ukraine restores internet link between occupied nuclear plant and IAEA, says Energoatom

Ukraine's state nuclear firm Energoatom said on Saturday it had helped restore an internet connection between the International Atomic Energy Agency and the servers of Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, which is occupied by Russian forces.

In a statement, Energoatom said the connection to the plant's servers was lost on May 30 but had been restored as of June 10, allowing the IAEA to resume monitoring data on the control of nuclear material at the plant. (Reuters)

18:01 (IST)11 Jun 2022
South Korean to go on trial in Russia-controlled East Ukraine: Ifax

A captured fighter from South Korea will go on trial in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), which is controlled by pro-Russian separatists, Interfax news agency reported citing separatist official Natalia Nikonorova.

"A verdict is being prepared now on a mercenary from South Korea. He is their citizen who fought for the armed forces of Ukraine," Interfax quoted her as saying on Saturday. She did not reveal the name of the fighter.

Two Britons and a Moroccan captured while fighting for Ukraine were sentenced to death by a court in DPR on Thursday. (Reuters)

17:21 (IST)11 Jun 2022
Up to 300,000 tonnes of grain in destroyed warehouses, Ukraine deputy minister says

Up to 300,000 tonnes of grain may have been stored in warehouses that Kyiv says were destroyed by Russian shelling last weekend, deputy agriculture minister Taras Vysotskyi said on Saturday.

Speaking on national television, Vysotskyi said, according to records, at the start of the war on Feb. 24 the warehouses at one of Ukraine's largest agricultural commodities terminals in the Black Sea port of Mykolaiv held 250,000-300,000 tonnes of grain, mainly wheat and corn. (Reuters)

16:42 (IST)11 Jun 2022
Czech citizen killed fighting in Ukraine: Minister

A Czech citizen has died in Ukraine, Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavsky said on Saturday, confirming media reports about the first casualty among Czech volunteers fighting in the country.

"I can confirm that a Czech citizen has died in the Donetsk region of Ukraine," Lipavsky told reporters. "The body should be transported to Kharkiv region tomorrow."

More than a hundred Czechs have joined Ukrainian armed forces, with the consent of Czech authorities, to help in Ukraine's defence against the invasion launched by Russia on February 24. (Reuters)

16:23 (IST)11 Jun 2022
Ukraine says it will prevail over Russia as eastern battle grinds on

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy insisted on Saturday that Ukraine would prevail in its almost four-month-long war with Russia that has become focussed on a grinding artillery slugging match over an eastern Ukrainian city.

Russian forces have been trying to seize Sievierodonetsk in an eastern advance, turning it into one of the bloodiest battles of the conflict. Neither side has secured a knock-out blow in fighting that has pounded swathes of the city into rubble.

Ukraine has appealed for swifter deliveries of heavy weapons from the West to turn the tide of the war with Russian forces - which it says have at least 10 times more artillery pieces than Ukrainian forces. Yet, even when outgunned, Ukraine's army has proved more resilient than expected in early phases of fighting.

"We are definitely going to prevail in this war that Russia has started," Zelenskiy told a conference in Singapore by videolink. "It is on the battlefields in Ukraine that the future rules of this world are being decided." (Reuters)

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16:09 (IST)11 Jun 2022
Ukraine defence minister says he had productive talk with UK counterpart

Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov said he had a productive meeting with British Defence Secretary Ben Wallace in Kyiv on Saturday.

"We had a productive and frank discussion today. Thank you for the UK's ironclad support to Ukraine. We will never give up!" he said in a post on Twitter. (Reuters)

15:39 (IST)11 Jun 2022
Ukraine: Russia said to be using more deadly weapons in war

Ukrainian and British officials warned on Saturday that Russian forces are relying on weapons with the potential to cause mass casualties as they try to make headway in capturing eastern Ukraine. Russian bombers have likely been launching heavy 1960s-era anti-ship missiles in Ukraine, the UK Defence Ministry said.

The Kh-22 missiles were primarily designed to destroy aircraft carriers using a nuclear warhead. When used in ground attacks with conventional warheads, they “are highly inaccurate and therefore can cause severe collateral damage and casualties,” the ministry said.

Both sides have expended large amounts of weaponry in what has become a grinding war of attrition for the eastern region of coal mines and factories known as the Donbas, placing huge strains on their resources and stockpiles. (AP)

14:58 (IST)11 Jun 2022
Zelenskyy tells Asian meeting: Stopping Russian invasion crucial for whole world

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, speaking remotely at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, said the outcome of the war in his country affected not just Ukraine, but the future of international order.

His country is seeking to push the Russians out of areas it has controlled since early in the war, and is defending against ferocious Russian attacks in the country's east, particularly around the city of Sievierodonetsk.

Noting the support so far from the West and its Asian allies, Zelenskyy - addressing the event via video link from an undisclosed location in Ukraine's capital, Kyiv - said it was crucial that the nations sending aid do not let up. "I am grateful for your support... but this support is not only for Ukraine, but for you as well," he said. "It is on the battlefields of Ukraine that the future rules of this world are being decided along with the boundaries of the possible." (Reuters)

14:40 (IST)11 Jun 2022
Russia says it has shot down three Ukrainian war planes

The Russian Defence Ministry said on Saturday that its air defence forces had shot down three Ukrainian war planes

The Russian military shot down two MIG-29 planes in the Mikolayiv region and one Su-25 fighter jet in the Kharkiv region, the ministry said in a statement.

There was no immediate comment from Ukraine. (Reuters)

13:52 (IST)11 Jun 2022
Russia using anti-ship missiles on land targets, says UK military

Russian bombers have likely been launching 1960s-era heavy, anti-ship missiles meant to destroy aircraft carriers with nuclear warheads against land targets in Ukraine, a British military intelligence report said Saturday.

It said the 5.5-ton Kh-22 missiles, when used in ground attacks with conventional warheads, are highly inaccurate and can cause severe collateral damage and casualties.

Russia is likely using such weapons because it is running short of more precise modern missiles, Britain's Defence Ministry said in a daily update. (AP)

13:49 (IST)11 Jun 2022
Biden says Ukraine leader rejected US intelligence on Russian invasion

US President Joe Biden, speaking to donors at a Democratic fundraiser Los Angeles, said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy “didn’t want to hear it” when US intelligence gathered information that Russia was preparing to invade.

The remarks came as Biden was talking about his work to rally and solidify support for Ukraine as the war continues into its fourth month.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy (AP)

“Nothing like this has happened since World War II. I know a lot of people thought I was maybe exaggerating. But I knew we had data to sustain he” — meaning Russian President Vladimir Putin — “was going to go in, off the border.” (Read more)

13:00 (IST)11 Jun 2022
Ukraine reports deaths of 24 more children in Mariupol

The office of Ukraine's prosecutor general said on Saturday that it has learned about the deaths of 24 more children in Mariupol, the southeastern port that was besieged for weeks before Russian forces captured it in mid-May.

In total, the office said that at least 287 children have died since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24th. More than 492 have been wounded.

"During the recording of criminal offences, it has become known that 24 more children died in Mariupol, Donetsk region, as a result of the indiscriminate shelling by the Russian military," the office said on the Telegram messaging app. "These figures are not final, as work is underway to establish them in places of active hostilities, in the temporarily occupied and liberated territories." (Reuters)

12:44 (IST)11 Jun 2022
Gazprom's gas exports to Europe via Ukraine unchanged on Saturday, says RIA

Russian gas producer Gazprom said its supply of gas to Europe through Ukraine via the Sudzha entry point was seen at 41.9 million cubic metres (mcm) on Saturday, unchanged from Friday, RIA news agency reported.

An application to supply gas via another major entry point, Sokhranovka, was rejected by Ukraine, Gazprom said. (Reuters)

12:32 (IST)11 Jun 2022
'Happy towns' in ruins, says Zelenskyy

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Russia was trying to "break every town in the Donbas."

"Sievierodonetsk, Lysychansk, Bakhmut, Sloviansk, many, many others," he said in his nightly address. "All these ruins were once happy towns." Both sides say they have inflicted mass casualties.

 
 
 
 
 
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12:24 (IST)11 Jun 2022
The battle for Sievierodonetsk

Russia hopes to capture all of the eastern province of Luhansk, which it demands Ukraine cede to separatists along with neighbouring Donetsk. The two provinces make up the Donbas region, where Moscow has backed a revolt by separatist proxies since 2014. To that end, the Kremlin has concentrated its forces into a battle for Sievierodonetsk, which is in Luhansk.

Ukrainian troops have largely pulled out of the city's residential areas but have not yielded their foothold on the east bank of the Siverskiy Donets River. Russian forces are also pushing from the north and south to try to encircle the Ukrainians, but have made limited progress.

Ukraine's army command said on Saturday that Russia troops had secured positions in two communities near Sievierodonetsk, while Serhiy Gaidai, the Luhansk governor, said Russians were in control of “most” of the city. Gaidai said the main road from Bakhmut to Lysychansk/Sievierodonetsk was being constantly shelled but there had been no changes in positions.

12:21 (IST)11 Jun 2022
Ukraine pleads for more weapons

Ukraine pleaded to Western countries for faster deliveries of weapons as better-armed Russian forces pounded the east of the country.

The war in the east, where Russia is focussing its attention, is now primarily an artillery battle in which Kyiv is severely outgunned, Ukrainian officials say. That means the tide of events could be turned only if Washington and others fulfil promises to send more and better weaponry, including rocket systems.

"This is an artillery war now," Vadym Skibitsky, Ukraine's deputy head of military intelligence, told Britain's Guardian newspaper. "Everything now depends on what (the West) gives us. Ukraine has one artillery piece to 10 to 15 Russian artillery pieces."

Germany, among the largest suppliers of weapons since Russia invaded but criticised for being slow to supply the heavy weaponry Kyiv says it needs, plans to revise its rules on arms exports to make it easier to arm democracies like Ukraine, Der Spiegel reported on Friday. (Reuters)

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Russia was trying to "break every town in the Donbas." Both sides say they have inflicted mass casualties.

Members of a foreign volunteers unit which fights in the Ukrainian army take positions, as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, in Sievierodonetsk, Luhansk region. (Reuters)

Zelenskyy adviser Oleksiy Arestovych estimated the Russian army is losing on average five to six times as many fighters as the Ukrainian side. Asked in a social media interview whether that suggested the Ukrainian army had lost up to 10,000 fighters in the first 100 days of the war, Arestovych said, "Yes, something like that.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin launched what he terms his "special military operation" in Ukraine on February 24, saying his aim was to disarm and "denazify" Russia's neighbour. Kyiv and its allies call it an unprovoked war of aggression to capture territory.

Weapons experts from France are helping their Ukrainian counterparts collect evidence of possible Russian war crimes in the northern region of Chernihiv, Ukraine's prosecutor general said. Russia denies targeting civilians.

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Saturday reinforced Washington's commitment to the region in light of Russia's actions. "Russia's invasion of Ukraine is what happens when oppressors trample the rules that protect us all," Austin told an Asian security forum in Singapore. "It's a preview of a possible world of chaos and turmoil that none of us would want to live in."

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