kyiv hits destroyed tanks donated by West Russia

Russia advances its attacks to gain more control in Ukraine’s eastern Luhansk region as Ukrainian forces retaliate to defend their territory as the battle unfolds in the 102nd day.

According to the Ukrainian Air Force, several cruise missiles were fired in the direction of kyiv by Russian TU-95 aircraft based in the Caspian Sea. (Reuters)

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Tanks supplied by Eastern European countries destroyed in Kyiv: Moscow

Russia said it destroyed tanks supplied to Ukraine by Eastern European countries in strikes on kyiv.

“High-precision, long-range missiles fired by the Russian Aerospace Forces on the outskirts of kyiv destroyed T-72 tanks supplied by Eastern European countries and other armored vehicles that were in hangars,” Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said.

Earlier on Sunday, Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said the Ukrainian capital had been hit by “several explosions in Darnytsky and Dniprovsky neighborhoods”, the first such strikes on the capital since April 28.

Austrian Chancellor calls for Ukraine’s interim EU membership

Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer has called for an intermediate step between cooperation and full EU membership for countries like Ukraine and Moldova.

The so-called “preparatory space” would allow countries to reach European Union standards, similar to the European Economic Area (EEA) or the European Free Trade Agreement (EFTA), Nehammer said.

“We are united by the same goal, we all want a strong, independent and economically prosperous Ukraine,” Nehammer said in a statement released by the chancellor’s office.

Pope calls for ‘real negotiations’ in Ukraine war

Pope Francis renewed his calls for “real negotiations” to end what he called the “increasingly dangerous escalation” of the conflict in Ukraine.

“As the fury of destruction and death rages and clashes erupt, fueling an escalation that is ever more dangerous for all, I renew my appeal to the leaders of nations: please do not lead the ‘humanity to destruction,’ the pontiff said from the window of the Apostolic Palace in St. Peter’s Square.

More than a hundred days after the start of the war, the pope called for “real negotiations for a ceasefire and a solution” to end it.

Russia will hit harder if longer-range missiles are provided: Putin

President Vladimir Putin has warned the West that Russia will hit new targets if the United States starts supplying Ukraine with longer-range missiles.

If such missiles are delivered, “we will hit the targets we haven’t hit yet,” Putin said in an excerpt from an interview with state broadcaster Rossiya-1.

Putin did not name the targets Russia planned to pursue if Western countries started supplying Ukraine with longer-range missiles. He said the “huge” over Western arms supplies to Ukraine was intended to prolong the conflict.

Spain to deliver anti-aircraft missiles and tanks to Ukraine

Spain to supply Ukraine with anti-aircraft missiles and Leopard battle tanks as part of increased military support to the country, government sources quoted by the newspaper as saying El País.

Spain will also provide essential training to the Ukrainian army on the use of tanks. It would take place in Latvia, where the Spanish army has deployed 500 soldiers as part of NATO’s Operation Enhanced Advanced Presence.

A second phase of training could take place in Spain, according to the sources cited by El Pais. The newspaper reports that the Spanish Ministry of Defense is finalizing the delivery to kyiv of Shorad Aspide low-altitude anti-aircraft missiles, which the Spanish military has replaced with a more advanced system.

Russian missile flew ‘at critical low altitude’ over nuclear power plant, operator says

Ukrainian nuclear power operator Energoatom said a Russian cruise missile flew “at a critical low altitude” on Sunday morning over a major nuclear power plant.

“It is likely that this was the missile that was fired in the direction of Kyiv,” the operator of the Pivdennoukrainska power plant, also known as the South Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant, said in a message on the messaging app. Telegram.

Russian forces control eastern part of Sievierodonetsk in Ukraine – governor

Russian forces continue to storm Sievierodonetsk, controlling the eastern part of the city, said Serhiy Gaidai, governor of the Luhansk region where Sievierodonetsk is located.

Gaidai said parts of the Azot chemical plant were damaged in Saturday’s attacks.

Ukraine counterattacks disputed city of Sievierodonetsk, says Britain

Ukrainian forces have counter-attacked in the disputed town of Sievierodonetsk in eastern Ukraine, the UK Ministry of Defense has said.

The move will likely blunt the operational momentum Russian forces had previously gained by concentrating combat units and firepower, the ministry said in a tweet.

Explosions rock Ukrainian capital Kyiv – mayor

Kyiv was rocked by several explosions early on Sunday, the Ukrainian capital’s mayor said, a day after officials said troops recaptured part of the city from the battlefield of Sievierodonetsk in a counteroffensive against Russia.

“Several explosions in Darnytskyi and Dniprovskyi districts of the capital,” Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko wrote on the Telegram messaging app.

“Services are already working on site. More detailed information – later.” A Reuters witness saw smoke in the city after the explosions.

Russia uses ‘all its power’ to capture Sievierodonetsk – Ukraine

Ukraine said its forces were managing to repel Moscow’s troops in fierce fighting in Sievierodonetsk as Russia “pulled all its might” into capturing the strategic eastern city.

At least 11 civilians were reportedly killed in the Lugansk region where Sievierodonetsk is located, the neighboring region of Donetsk and in the southern city of Mykolaiv.

Lugansk regional governor Sergiy Gaiday said in an interview posted online that forces had captured most of Sievierodonetsk, but Ukrainian forces were pushing them back.

“The Russian military, as we understand, is throwing all its power, all its reserves in this direction,” Gaiday said.

Western oil sanctions won’t affect Russia —Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Western sanctions would have no effect on the country’s oil exports and predicted a sharp rise in profits from energy shipments this year.

“Considering the price level that has been established as a result of the policies of the West, we have not suffered any budgetary loss,” the Foreign Ministry told a Bosnian Serb TV channel.

“On the contrary, this year we will greatly increase the export profits of our energy resources.”

Russian Gas Sanctions Will Cost Germans Another $5 Billion – report

Russia’s sanctions against Gazprom Germania and its subsidiaries could cost German taxpayers and gas users an additional 5 billion euros ($5.4 billion) a year to pay for replacement gas, the weekly Welt reported. am Sonntag, citing industry representatives.

In May, Russia decided to stop supplying Gazprom Germania, which was Gazprom’s German subsidiary, after Berlin placed the company under trusteeship due to Russian attacks on Ukraine.

Since then, energy regulator Bundesnetzagentur, acting as trustee, has had to buy replacement gas on the market to fulfill supply contracts with German municipal utilities and regional suppliers. Welt am Sonntag reported that Economy Minister Robert Habeck estimates that an additional 10 million cubic meters per day are needed, which would currently cost around 3.5 billion euros per year.

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