Status: 20.06.2022 07:12
In response to the forthcoming decision on his country’s candidate status in the EU, the President of Ukraine expects Russia to take more violent action. According to military experts, the Russian offensive has stopped.
Fighting for the Sievjerodonetsk administrative center in eastern Ukraine continues unabated. Russia has increased the use of artillery and deployed more offensive units to revive the Donbas offensive, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video report. However, the Ukrainian defenders held all controversial points such as Sievjerodonetsk, Lyssychansk or Avdiivka.
Selensky spoke of the difficult but also historic days the country was facing. “Tomorrow will be a truly historic week when we hear the European Union’s response to Ukraine’s candidate country status,” Zelenskyj said. It was because of this decision that Russia “demonstratively intensifies its hostilities” aimed not only at Ukraine but also at other European countries, he warned.
The European Commission on Friday recommended that Ukraine be granted candidate status. However, all 27 Member States have yet to agree. The final decision is to be made at the EU summit on 23/24. June autumn.
Military experts: The Russian offensive has stopped
According to military experts from the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), the Russian offensive in Donbas has stalled. Russian superiority in artillery has not yet been enough to conquer Sieverodonetsk. “Russia’s concentrated artillery capabilities, coupled with likely weakened infantry, remain insufficient for Russia to advance in Sieverodonetsk,” the ISW said in an analysis. Moscow troops continued to fight for control of the city, but made little progress.
The Russian army, on the other hand, is talking about a positive development of its own offensive. According to their own statements, Russian soldiers conquered Metyolkine, a suburb of the former city, yesterday. In addition, the missile attack destroyed the command post of the Ukrainian Armed Forces with senior officers in the Dnipropetrovsk region.
“More than 50 generals and officers of the Ukrainian Armed Forces were killed in the strike, including officers of the General Staff and Command Staff of the Kakhovka Unit, airborne units and units operating in the Mykolaiv and Zaporizhzhya regions,” Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said. The information could not be independently verified.
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.
“The War for Our Existence”
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitro Kuleba stressed the will of his people to fight. Even if Western arms supplies stop, Ukraine would continue to fight Russia.
“If we don’t get weapons, well, we’ll fight shovels, but we’ll defend ourselves, because this war is a war for our existence,” Kuleba said. ARD Talk Solution Anne Will. “So the sooner we get the weapons, the sooner they’re sent, the more help there will be for us. If the weapons are sent later, we’ll say ‘thank you’ anyway, but then a lot is wasted, a lot of people will die.” ”
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