War Day at a glance: Ukrainian soldiers threatened by siege – supplied by German self-propelled howitzers

War Day at a glance
Ukrainian soldiers threatened by siege – supplied German self-propelled howitzers

Ukrainian troops at Zolote in the Luhansk region are apparently preparing to encircle. The federal government makes a turnaround and suddenly talks openly about the planned arms supply. Meanwhile, the first self-propelled howitzers from Germany arrive in Ukraine. 118th day of the war in brief.

Ukrainian troops threatened to besiege Solote

In the highly endangered eastern Ukrainian region of Luhansk, Ukrainian troops around the cities of Solote and Hirske threaten to be surrounded by Russian troops. “In the direction of Toshkivka-Pidlisne, the enemy has conquered the cities of Pidlisne and Myrna Dolyna,” the Ukrainian General Staff said on Facebook. This would break the northern road link with other Ukrainian troops around Lyssychansk southwest of Sievjerodonetsk for a Ukrainian grouping around the cities of Solote and Hirske. The connection via Wrubiwka, west of Hirska, came under Russian control last week.

German self-propelled howitzers arrived in Ukraine

Almost four months after the start of the war, the first heavy artillery from Germany arrived in Ukraine. Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov thanked Federal Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht on Twitter for delivering Panzerhaubitzen 2000. Ukrainian Ambassador Andriy Melnyk confirmed that modern weapons had arrived in Ukraine.

The federal government is relinquishing secrecy about arms supplies

The federal government has published an overview of military goods that Germany has delivered or will deliver to Ukraine – including 30 “Cheetah” anti-aircraft tanks, including 6,000 pieces of ammunition and seven 2,000 self-propelled howitzers. You can view the corresponding list on the federal government’s website, which includes both material and weapons from the Bundeswehr stockpile and supplies from the German armaments industry.

Difficult situation for the Ukrainian army at Sievjerodonetsk

The Sievyerodonetsk-Lysychansk region is also the epicenter of the armed conflicts in Ukraine. Ukrainian troops are cut off from supplies there, said Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenko. According to Governor Serhiy Hajda, Ukrainian troops now control only the territory of the Azot chemical plant.

Moscow: Ukraine’s conquest of Snake Island has failed

Russia has been occupying the strategically important Snake Island since February. An attempt to recapture Ukraine has failed, said Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenko. Russian forces shot down 13 drones, 4 Tochka-U missiles and 21 reactive missiles from the Uragan rocket launcher. The failure of this artillery training forced Kiev troops to abandon the subsequent landing maneuver, Konashenko said. This information cannot yet be independently verified.

According to the British intelligence services, the Ukrainian resistance has so far successfully prevented Russia from taking control of the sea area bordering Ukraine. This undermined the original concept of the Russian invasion, the British Ministry of Defense said in an update. Moscow originally planned to attack the area around the important Ukrainian port of Odessa from the Black Sea.

Moscow threatens Lithuania with a ban on transit

Russia has announced a timely response to Lithuania’s ban on transit of certain goods to its Kaliningrad exclave. “Russia will certainly respond to such hostilities,” said Nikolai Patrushev, the secretary of Russia’s Security Council, according to Interfax. The countermeasures would have a serious negative impact on the Lithuanian population.

Lithuania has rejected Moscow’s complaints. “There is no blockade of Kaliningrad,” said Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte, according to the BNS in Vilnius. She pointed out that only goods on sanction lists – especially steel and ferrous metals – were affected. However, all other goods and passengers are being transported.

Confidence ahead of EU summit – “Consensus is forming”

The European Commission on Friday recommended that Ukraine and Moldova be officially nominated as candidates for EU membership. The decision now lies with the governments of the 27 EU countries. French Foreign Minister Clement Beaune said: “I think there is a consensus.” He is optimistic but also cautious, because unanimity is needed at EU summits. For example, it is still unclear whether EU countries such as Austria, Slovenia and Croatia will associate EU candidate status with Ukraine and Moldova with progress in the EU’s enlargement to the Western Balkans.

Estonia reports Russian helicopters in its airspace

Estonia has reported a breach of its airspace by a Russian border guard helicopter. The Mi-8 helicopter entered the airspace of the Baltic EU member state on June 18 without permission, the Estonian army said. According to the army, this was the second breach of airspace by Russia this year. The helicopter did not transmit a flight plan or have electronic identification turned on.

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