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Russia claims to have shot down a Ukrainian plane carrying weapons

Moscow forces continue their attacks on Ukraine as the conflict enters its 101st day.

The advance of Russian forces was slowed by heavy Ukrainian resistance, pushing them back around the capital Kyiv and forcing Moscow to focus on capturing the east, including the Donbass. (AFP)

Saturday, June 4, 2022

Russia: Ukrainian military plane with weapons shot down

The Russian Defense Ministry said its forces shot down a Ukrainian military transport plane carrying weapons and ammunition near the Black Sea port of Odessa.

The ministry said Russian missiles also hit an artillery training center in Ukraine’s Sumy region where foreign instructors worked.

Another strike destroyed an outpost of “foreign mercenaries” in the Odessa region, he added. There was no immediate reaction from Ukraine.

kyiv: Russia blows up bridges in Sievierodonetsk

Russian forces are blowing up bridges over the Seversky Donets River to prevent Ukraine from bringing in military reinforcements and delivering aid to civilians in the city of Sievierodonetsk, the governor of the Luhansk region has said.

In a TV broadcast, Sergiy Gaiday said that the Ukrainian army continued to maintain its positions inside Sievierodonetsk and pushed back Russian forces in several places.

Ukraine claims to have taken over part of the industrial city of Sievierodonetsk in the Luhansk region, at the center of a Russian offensive aimed at taking the eastern region of Donbass.

Ukraine seeks to strengthen its military position before resuming talks with Russia

Ukraine wants to strengthen its positions on the ground with the help of new arms shipments from the West before resuming peace talks with Russia, said Ukrainian negotiator David Arakhamia.

“Our armed forces are ready to use (the new weapons)…and then I think we can start a new round of talks from a strengthened position,” he told Ukrainian state television on Friday. .

United Kingdom: Russian air activity remains high over the Donbass

The UK Ministry of Defense said Russian air activity remained high over Ukraine’s Donbass region, with Russian aircraft carrying out strikes using guided and unguided munitions.

“The increased use of unguided munitions has led to widespread destruction of built-up areas in Donbass and has almost certainly caused significant collateral damage and civilian casualties,” the ministry said in a tweet.

He said Russia had increased its use of tactical air to support its creeping advance, combining air strikes and heavy artillery attacks to assert its firepower as its operational focus shifted to the Donbass.

Another ship sent to transport metal to Russia arrives in Mariupol

A ship sent to load metal and ship it to Russia has entered the Ukrainian port of Mariupol, TASS news agency reported, the second ship to arrive in the southeastern city since Russia completed its captured last month.

“The vessel has arrived and is in port,” TASS said, quoting a port authority representative, adding that it must be laden with metal.

Earlier this week, a ship left Mariupol for Russia with a shipment of metal. Ukraine said the cargo from the port, the capture of which gave Moscow a land bridge linking mainland Russia and the pro-Russian separatist territory to annexed Crimea, amounted to plunder.

Gazprom’s gas exports to Europe via Ukraine remain stable

Russian gas producer Gazprom said its gas supply to Europe via Ukraine through the Sudzha entry point was estimated at 41.9 million cubic meters on Saturday compared to 42.1 million cubic meters on Friday.

A request for gas supplies through another major entry point, Sokhranovka, was rejected by Ukraine, Gazprom said.

Ukraine says Russian forces pushed back to Sievierodonetsk

Russian artillery hits Ukraine’s eastern Donbass region with heavy fighting above the town of Sievierodonetsk, but the local governor says progress has been made in repelling forces from Moscow.

Some of the fiercest fighting has centered on Sievierodonetsk, where Ukrainian troops are resisting a full takeover. “They (the Russians) haven’t fully grasped it,” Lugansk regional governor Sergiy Gaiday said, adding that Moscow’s forces had been pushed back “by 20 percent.”

The situation in Lysychansk – Sievierodonetsk’s twin town, located just across a river – looked increasingly dire. About 60% of infrastructure and housing were destroyed, while internet, mobile networks and gas services were cut, said its mayor Oleksandr Zaika.

As soon as we have a large amount of Western long-range weapons, we will push back their artillery… and then the Russian infantry will run

Luhansk Regional Governor Sergiy Gaiday

Japanese Kishida may join NATO meeting to discuss Ukraine crisis

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is set to attend a summit of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) leaders in late June to boost coordination with the West on Russia’s offensive against Ukraine.

The move, reported by Kyodo News, would mark an unusually aggressive stance for a Japanese leader, despite Kishida repeatedly condemning Russia for what he described as a “war crime” against Ukraine.

In the past, Japanese leaders have maintained a cautious line in their relations with Russia as the two countries quarreled over decades-old territorial disputes. A government spokesman said officials would not be able to comment on the Kyodo report until Monday.

Ukraine in communication with captured Azovstal fighters

Ukrainian intelligence services are in communication with the captured fighters from the Azovstal steelworks and Kyiv is doing everything possible to secure their release, Ukrainian Interior Minister Denys Monastyrskiy said.

Uncertainty surrounds the fate of hundreds of fighters arrested in Russia in mid-May after being ordered to stand down. Russia says nearly 2,000 Ukrainians surrendered after making a final stand in the ruins of Mariupol.

“It is through them (the intelligence services) that we learn about the conditions of detention, the food and the possibility of their release,” Monastyrskiy told Ukrainian television.

Ukrainian Zelenskyy promises victory against Russia

Ukraine’s president swore victory even as Russian troops pounded the east and the United Nations pressed to get tens of millions of tons of grain out of the country and avert a global food crisis.

The advance of the Russian troops was slowed by fierce Ukrainian resistance which pushed them back around the capital and forced Moscow to redirect its objectives towards capturing the east.

“Victory will be ours,” President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a video speech. “At first it looked threatening. Then dangerous…And now probably just a bitter smile. Because what’s left?…War crimes, shame and hate,” he said. -he says.

UN chief calls for ‘immediate’ end to conflict

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has renewed his call for an immediate end to violence on the 100th day of the war in Ukraine.

The UN chief also called for urgent protection of civilians, unimpeded access to provide them with humanitarian assistance and the safe evacuation of those trapped in areas where fighting is taking place, and respect human rights.

“The conflict has already claimed thousands of lives, caused untold destruction, displaced millions, led to unacceptable human rights violations and fueled a three-dimensional global crisis – food, energy and financial – which is hitting the most vulnerable people, countries and economies,” António Guterres said in a statement.

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