Update on the situation
- Most of Sievierodonetsk is controlled by the Russians
“Most of it” of Sievierodonetsk, a key city in eastern Ukraine plagued by violent fighting between Russians and Ukrainians, is now under Russian military control, Luhansk region governor Serhi Haidai announced on Tuesday . “Unfortunately, Russian soldiers control most of the city today.”he told Ukrainian television, estimating Sievierodonetsk “90% destroyed”.
- A first merchant ship left Marioupol for Russia
A first cargo ship, loaded with metal, has left the Ukrainian port of Marioupol, conquered by Russian forces, to join Rostov-on-Don in Russia, pro-Russian separatist leader Denis Pushiline announced on Tuesday. “This transport hub is very important for the Donbass”he added. “It is a very important port on the Sea of Azov and the only one where all types of goods can be transhipped, including in winter. »
- Ukrainian forces are regaining ground around Kherson
Ukrainian forces, however, said they were gaining ground, especially in the area around Kherson, a city near Russian-controlled Crimea in early March. “The enemy has left the village of Mykolaivka in the northern Kherson region.”says a bulletin of the Ukrainian army.
- Corps of Ukrainian fighters discovered in the Azovstal factory
The Russian army found the bodies of 152 Ukrainian fighters in the Azovstal steelworks in Marioupol (southeast), where the fighting lasted almost three months. Moscow is ready to hand them over to Ukraine, Russia’s defense ministry said on Tuesday.
- New European sanctions
Leaders of the 27 European Union countries have reached an agreement that is expected to reduce their Russian oil imports by some 90% by the end of the year, in order to dry up funding for the war in Moscow. . This embargo on crude oil in six months and refined products in eight months is the flagship, but also the most thorny, measure of the sixth sanctions package, which Hungary has so far blocked.
- “Secure corridors” for Ukrainian grain
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will travel to Turkey on June 8 to discuss the implementation of “Secure corridors” for the transportation of Ukrainian cereals, Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Cavusoglu announced on Tuesday. Europeans are stepping up efforts to lift blocked grain stocks in Ukraine, including by negotiating secure access to the port of Odessa with Moscow to avert a global food crisis.
- Conviction of two Russian soldiers
A Russian court has sentenced two Russian soldiers to 11 and a half years in prison on Tuesday for allegedly bombing two villages in the northeastern region of Kharkiv with multiple missile launchers. They were found guilty of “Violation of the laws and customs of war”according to the Interfax-Ukraine agency, which states that they have “Fully convicted”.