Ukrainian and Russian forces pushed in; Putin celebrates WWII anniversary

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Russia warns Lithuania of “serious” consequences of its restriction of rail traffic to the Kaliningrad enclave as Kremlin forces advance in Ukraine’s strategic Donbass region as part of the ongoing offensive, which is on its 119th day.

Movement of Ukrainian troops by tanks on a road in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbass. (AFP)

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Ukrainian and Russian forces remained entrenched on battlefields in eastern Ukraine, a day of commemoration in both countries to mark the anniversary of Hitler’s invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941.

Fighting in the months-long conflict has favored Russia in recent weeks because of its huge advantage in artillery firepower, a fact Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy acknowledged in his speech.

“Through tactical maneuvers, the Ukrainian army is strengthening its defenses in the Luhansk region,” he said. “It’s really the most difficult place. The occupiers are also pushing towards Donetsk.”

“And just as actively as we are fighting for a positive European Union decision on Ukraine’s candidate status, we are also fighting every day for modern weapons for our country. We don’t let a single day go by,” Zelenskyy said, urging nations that support his country to speed up arms deliveries.

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Source: TRTWorld and agencies