Status: 06/18/2022 17:40
Ukrainian President Zelensky visited the front area of Mykolaiv, fighting continues in Sieverodonetsk. Kyiv does not want to talk to Moscow again by the end of August – it hopes to have a better negotiating position “after the counterattacks”.
According to his office, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited another front area – Mykolaiv in the south of the country. Among other things, he inspected the regional administration building, which was destroyed by a Russian missile. The gaping hole has become one of the symbols of the destruction of civilian infrastructure in Ukraine.
The video on his Telegram channel shows Zelenyj handing out medals after the briefing, among others to the military governor of the Mykolaiv region Vitaly Kim and the mayor Oleksandra Senkevich.
“We discussed the state of the economy, the restoration of water supply and the situation in agriculture. Special attention was paid to the threat to the mainland and the sea,” the video said.
Mykolaiv is located on the Black Sea coast and is considered an important base of Odessa. The city is known mainly for its shipyards and industrial location. Shortly after the start of the war, Mykolaiv seemed to be on the verge of falling. However, Ukrainian soldiers were able to stop the Russian advance and in some cases even pushed it back.
Shaded in white: the advance of the Russian army. Green shaded: separatist areas supported by Russia. Crimea: annexed by Russia.
Image: ISW / 17.06.2022
Sievjerodoneck still fought hard
According to the British Ministry of Defense, civilians in the heavily attacked and strategically important city of Sievjerodonetsk are in a difficult situation. There are almost no roads out of town. Ukrainian soldiers and hundreds of civilians are said to be staying at the Azot chemical plant.
According to Luhansk Governor Serhiy Hayday, the battle for Sieverodonetsk is increasingly fought in the surrounding villages. Russian troops and their separatist allies have so far failed in their attempts to conquer the villages, Hajdaj said on his Telegram channel. According to him, the city of Sievjerodonetsk is still not under full Russian control.
Meanwhile, the situation is increasingly dangerous for the people of neighboring Lyssychansk: because Russian troops are unable to advance, they are “simply bombing the city from the air,” the governor explained.
conflicting parties as a source
Information on the course of the war, the shelling and the victims provided by the official bodies of the Russian and Ukrainian parties to the conflict cannot be directly controlled by an independent body in the current situation.
Attack on an oil refinery
According to Ukrainian sources, there was also a rocket attack on Ukraine’s largest oil refinery in the morning. According to local authorities, six missiles hit the processing plant in Kremenchug. Two more missiles damaged the heating plant, Governor Dmitro Lunin said.
The local refinery was already damaged by rocket attacks in April and May, and was therefore decommissioned. The equipment would have to be completely rebuilt after today’s attack, Lunin said. The refinery was the only oil refinery in Ukraine and covered about a third of the fuel demand.
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Ukraine claims to have sunk another Russian ship
According to Ukrainian reports, Russia has again lost a ship in its Black Sea fleet due to attacks by the Ukrainian army. The tug “Vasily Bech” was damaged by Ukrainian missiles. “It was later revealed that he had sunk,” Odessa military governor Maxym Marchenko said in a video speech on his Telegram channel. There is no confirmation from Russian or independent sources.
According to Ukrainian sources, the ship, which was commissioned in 2017 and equipped with the Tor air defense system, was hit by Harpoon missiles. Denmark has delivered anti-ship missiles to Ukraine.
Kyiv does not want to resume talks with Moscow until the end of August
Ukraine, meanwhile, is preparing for a prolonged defensive war against Russia. Ukraine’s chief negotiator, David Arakhamiya, wants to resume talks with Moscow at the end of August after counterattacks. Ukraine will then have a better negotiating position, he told the Voice of America.
Negotiations for a peace settlement began shortly after the Russian attack on Ukraine. During the talks in Istanbul at the end of March, Kyiv proposed, among other things, not to join NATO if the country received international security guarantees in return. However, Russia is also demanding demilitarization and withdrawal.
With information from Palina Milling, ARD Studio Moscow
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