Ukrainian forces appeared on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, about to surrender Sievierodonetsk, strategic city in eastern Ukraine subjected to intense Russian bombing and the scene of fierce fighting. And after the announcement by US President Joe Biden, which indicated that the United States would deliver artillery systems to the Ukrainian militarythe Russian Deputy Foreign Minister hinted that these deliveries could increase the risk of a direct confrontation between Washington and Moscow.
Here is a point from the situation on the 98th day of the war. To begin with, here is an updated map of Ukraine, showing the progress of the fighting and the location of the areas mentioned:
Russian forces are “consolidating their positions” in Sievierodonetsk
Ukrainian forces appeared on the verge of losing Sievierodonetsk, a strategic city in the Donbass Basin. “The Russians are continuing their assault and consolidating their positions in the center”wrote Sergei Gaidai, the governor of the region on Telegram, and quoted by theAFP. The city has become the administrative capital of the Lugansk region for the Ukrainian authorities since the city of the same name was taken in 2014 by Moscow-backed pro-Russian separatists.
Russian forces, who “Now control 70%” According to Serguiï Gaïdaï, they are also carrying out attacks on the northern, southern and eastern districts, the governor added, calling on the inhabitants of this city. “90% destroyed” to stay in their shelters. And to “Prepare face masks soaked in a soda solution”. One of the nitric acid tanks at a chemical plant was hit by a Russian hit.
The fighting, which is too dangerous, prevents the evacuation of civilians. There is “Now no chance to leave” the city according to the governor. Monday is in this area than the French journalist Frédéric Leclerc-Imhoffwho was accompanying a humanitarian vehicle evacuating civilians, was killed.
In this regard, the Kremlin stated today that he has no information on the circumstances of his death occurred during a bombing yet attributed to Russian forces.
The risk of a direct confrontation with Washington
During the day, the Kremlin accused Washington of “Throw oil on the fire” after the announcement of the delivery of American missile systems to Kiev. “The line of the United States is to fight Russia to the last Ukrainian. Such deliveries do not encourage Ukrainian leaders to restart peace talks. “said Russian presidency spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
This Wednesday, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov suggested that these deliveries could increase the risk of a direct confrontation between Washington and Moscow. “All arms deliveries, which are continuing and growing, increase the risk of such a development.”He said, quoted by the news agency RIA-Novosti. U.S. Foreign Minister Antony Blinken said Kiev had “Insured” that she would not use these missile systems provided by the United States to target targets in Russia.
Germany, criticized by Kiev for its limited arms shipments, will deliver an advanced air defense system that could “Protect a big city from raids” German Chancellor Olaf Scholz told the Bundestag.
An annexation of Ukrainian territories is likely as early as July
In the afternoon, one of the Russian negotiators on the conflict in Ukraine told the agency Ria Novosti than the Ukrainian territories militarily conquered by Russia could hold referendums as early as July for annexation.
These are the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, which Moscow has recognized as independent and whose leaders aspire to join Russia. The regions of Kherson and Zaporizhia in southern Ukraine, which have been largely conquered by the Russian army since late February, are also affected.
By occupying these areas, Russia controls the entire coast of the Sea of Azov, which is a land bridge connecting Russian territory to the annexed Crimean peninsula in 2014.
Russia is trying to “minimize” the impact of the embargo on its oil
Earlier this week, EU leaders reached an agreement to drastically reduce their Russian oil imports by the end of the year. as part of a sixth package of sanctions.
In response, Russia said it would take action “Minimize” the impact of this embargo. The Kremlin is also facing a drop in its gas exports. “These sanctions will have a negative impact on Europe, on us and on the global energy market as a whole. But there is a reorientation [des exports] which will allow us to minimize the negative consequences “Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.
Russia has so far always relativized the scope of economic sanctions imposed on it by Western countries, with Moscow still relying on its gas manna, on which Europeans remain dependent. However, the effects of sanctions are beginning to be felt, including an acceleration in inflation. Many economists believe that the situation will worsen in the coming months.
WHO denounces attacks on “health systems”
At a press conference in the afternoon after a week of the World Assembly, WHO spoke about its action on Ukrainian territory, including the health system. “Is live”. The organization has “Increased its presence in the country”, bringing 515 tons of medical equipment. In total, more than 1,300 people have been trained, including trauma surgery.
In addition, the WHO counted 269 attacks against “Health systems” since the beginning of the conflict: “They should never be a target”said Dr. Tedros Adhanom, Director-General of the World Health Organization, calling on Russia “To end this war”.