Timeline: Week 17 of Russia’s conflict in Ukraine | Russia-Ukraine conflict Information

Right here, Al Jazeera seems to be on the main occasions that marked the seventeenth week of the conflict in Ukraine:

June 15

Russian forces assault Ukraine’s easternmost free metropolis of Severdonetsk from a number of instructions, as Ukrainian defenders battle to take again the town centre.

Russian mercenaries from the Wagner Group reportedly threatens to chop off the Severdonetsk floor strains of provide after they take over the settlement of Vrubivke, throwing Ukrainian defenses again to Vasylivka, Yakovlivka and Berestove – settlements inside 10km (6.2 miles) of the vital Bakhmut-Lysychansk freeway.

Satellite tv for pc imagery seems to point out Russia is bolstering defenses on Snake Island within the Black Sea, a place it makes use of to implement the naval blockade in opposition to Ukraine.

Ukraine’s normal workers says it destroyed the Russian tug boat Vasily Beh because it was ferrying ammunition to the island.

After a two-day assembly with the Contact Group on Protection of Ukraine and NATO in Brussels, Ukraine’s Protection Minister Oleksiy Reznikov stresses that his nation wants weapons deliveries with a purpose to attain pre-invasion borders.

Russia cuts fuel deliveries to Europe via the Nordstream 1 pipeline to 40 p.c of capability, which is able to possible end in a cumulative drop of 16 billion cubic meters by the tip of the yr.

A day earlier, Russia had minimize supply to 60 p.c of capability after Siemens bowed to Canadian sanctions and mentioned it could be unable to ship overhauled tools to fuel big Gazprom. Russia has additionally informed Italy’s ENI it’s going to cut back fuel deliveries via a distinct pipeline by 15 p.c. It has shut off fuel deliveries altogether to Poland, Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, France and the Netherlands. Germany and Italy are two of Europe’s greatest importers of Russian fuel. The most recent cuts additionally have an effect on Austria, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

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June 16

Ukrainian commander-in-chief Valerii Zaluzhnyi says Russia is attacking the Donbas from 9 instructions concurrently.

The commander of Ukraine’s southern forces, Andriy Kovalchuk, requires longer-range artillery. “We’d like long-range artillery that can exceed 30km … with such weapons, every thing can be way more environment friendly and quicker.”

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg calls the conflict in Ukraine a “game-changer” and “the best risk to our safety in many years”. Stoltenberg says the upcoming NATO summit in Madrid (June 28-30) will deal with the necessity for greater protection budgets, extra forward-deployed fight formations and a brand new Strategic Idea addressing challenges from Russia and, for the primary time, China.

The United Nations’ Workplace of the Excessive Commissioner for Human Rights data 4,481 confirmed civilian deaths on account of Russia’s invasion. Ukraine believes the actual quantity to be within the tens of 1000’s.

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June 17

Russian forces shell settlements south of Lysychansk and Severdonetsk in an ongoing effort to encircle and isolate them, however are unable to grab management of the logistics lifeline to the dual cities.

Luhansk Governor Serhiy Haidai says 538 civilians are holed up within the Azot chemical plant, together with 38 kids, together with defenders, whose quantity is estimated at 2,500. Evacuating civilians is unimaginable, Haidai says.

On the southern entrance, Ukrainian aviation bombs Russian positions 45km (28 miles) southeast of the road of contact in Kherson metropolis and Bersylav.

A Russian warship twice violates Danish territorial waters within the Baltic Sea.

“A deeply irresponsible, gross and utterly unacceptable Russian provocation,” tweets Danish Overseas Minister Jeppe Kofod.

“We should settle for that the Baltic Sea is turning into a high-tension space,” Danish Protection Minister Morten Bodskov says.

Denmark has equipped anti-tank launchers and Harpoon anti-ship missiles to Ukraine.

Addressing the St Petersburg Worldwide Financial Discussion board, Russian President Vladimir Putin says US-led sanctions in opposition to Russia will fail. “If some ‘insurgent’ state can’t be suppressed or pacified, they attempt to isolate that state, or ‘cancel’ it, to make use of their trendy time period. That is the character of the present spherical of Russophobia within the West, and the insane sanctions in opposition to Russia. They’re loopy and, I might say, inconsiderate. They’re unprecedented within the variety of them or the tempo the West churns them out at.”

“The financial blitzkrieg in opposition to Russia was doomed to fail from the start.”

The European Fee recommends Ukraine be granted candidate standing to affix the European Union, saying: “Ukraine total is effectively superior in reaching the steadiness of establishments guaranteeing democracy, the rule of regulation, human rights and respect for and safety of minorities.”

The leaders of France, Germany, Italy and Romania provide their full assist to Ukraine’s candidacy throughout a go to to Kyiv.

The US publicizes a brand new $1bn bundle of armaments for Ukraine, bringing the whole provides to $6.3bn.

In an deal with to the Western Balkans, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says Ukraine’s protection is of vital significance to Europe.

June 18

Russia makes marginal advances within the japanese and southern Severdonetsk suburbs of Metolkine and Syrotyne, however is repulsed.

Russian forces make an try on Nyrkove, a settlement 5km (3 miles) from the Bakhmut-Lysychansk freeway that’s the Ukrainian important line of provide.

Lithuania bans the transit via its territory of products to the enclave of Kaliningrad which are topic to EU sanctions, infuriating Russia.

June 19

Russia claims to have captured the settlement of Metolkine close to Severdonetsk and continues to throw monumental assets into capturing the Bakhmut-Lysychansk freeway, bombing Ukrainian positions to the east of it with artillery, air raids and missiles.

Zelenskyy visits front-line troops on the southern entrance of the Kherson area. “We won’t give away the south to anybody, we are going to return every thing that is ours and the ocean can be Ukrainian and secure,” he says.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson requires extra weaponry to be despatched to Ukraine quick in an article in The Sunday Instances. NATO’s Stoltenberg warns: “We should put together for the truth that it may take years. We should not let up in supporting Ukraine.”

Ukraine’s navy intelligence says Russia nonetheless refuses to confess the deaths of 26 out of 27 sailors allegedly killed on board the Moskva to their households. Ukraine sank the Moskva on April 14.

June 20

Ukraine stories heavy combating in Severdonetsk’s industrial district, the place it says it nonetheless controls 30 p.c of the town comprising the Azot chemical plant. Ukraine confirms Russian forces’ seize of the village of Metolkine, an japanese suburb of Severdonetsk.

Russian forces are additionally attempting to strategy the town of Lysychansk from the south to isolate it and Severdonetsk. Russian efforts to take two villages south of Lysychansk, Myrna Dolyna and Bila Hora, are repulsed.

Ukrainian Deputy Protection Minister Hanna Malyar says Ukrainian forces have come very near the Russian border within the strategy of reclaiming the northern Kharkiv area.

Ukraine creates a web site with the profiles of a whole bunch of alleged Russian conflict criminals, known as The Ebook of Executioners. It says it’s investigating as many as 1,700 particular person Russian servicemen for potential conflict crimes.

Deputy Premier Iryna Vereshchuk says 1.2 million Ukrainians have been deported to Russia, together with 240,000 kids.

The variety of civilians allegedly executed by Russian forces within the Kyiv area reaches 1,332.

June 21

Combating continues in Severdonetsk, the place Ukrainian forces declare to have recaptured the southern suburb of Sirotyne.

Russian forces take the villages of Toshkivka, Ustinivka, Myrna Dolyna, Pidlisne and presumably Bila Hora, all on the western financial institution of the Seversky Donets River and inside 10km (6 miles) of Lysychansk. The Russian advance varieties a spar thrusting west and threatening encirclement of the Lysychansk-Severdonetsk entrance.

Russian forces are additionally profitable additional south, seizing Mykolaivka and Vrubivka, each subsequent to the Bakhmut-Lysychansk freeway, one of many important provide routes for Ukrainian troops in Lysychansk-Severdonetsk. Ukrainians nonetheless have a provide route via Siversk, additional north.

On the southern entrance, Russian forces might have taken again the japanese financial institution of the Inhulets River, which had shaped a Ukrainian bridgehead.

Zelenskyy says if Ukraine doesn’t resist Russia, different former Soviet republics might come underneath risk of occupation.

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