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This week in Ukraine

Updated: 3 days ago

by Tony Nastas (reporting from Ukraine)

An oil refinary in Krasnodar, Russia.

June 21, 2024

  • Ukrainian Strikes in Russia: Ukrainian military reports attacks on four refineries and Shahed drone storage sites in Russia.

  • Assault on Chasiv Yar: Russian forces are attacking Chasiv Yar from the Toretsk direction, according to Ukrainian military sources.

  • South Korean Arms Supplies: An official states that South Korea's level of arms supplies to Ukraine will depend on Russia's actions.

  • Bomb Attack in Donetsk: A Russian guided bomb attack on a town in Donetsk Oblast has killed 2 people and injured 3 others.

  • Spying Arrests in Germany: Three individuals have been arrested in Germany for allegedly spying on a person from Ukraine.

June 19-20, 2024

  • Russia-North Korea Partnership: Russia and North Korea have signed a strategic partnership agreement, solidifying their alliance.

  • Russian Troop Movements: Media reports indicate that Russia has relocated almost all its ground forces from near Finland to Ukraine.

  • Intensified Attacks in Donetsk: Ukraine reports that Russian attacks near Toretsk in Donetsk Oblast have intensified after a period of relative calm.

  • Danish Aid Package: Denmark has announced a new aid package for Ukraine, focusing on F-16 fighter jets and the defense industry.

  • Patriot Missiles for Ukraine: Patriot missiles originally intended for Switzerland will now be sent to Ukraine, according to a Swiss news outlet.

There were 80 Russian attacks in the last 24 hours, Kyiv reports.

June 18, 2024

  • Russian Attempt to Capture Borova: Ukraine's 3rd Assault Brigade has warned of an impending Russian attempt to capture Borova in Kharkiv Oblast.

  • Beheading Claim in Donetsk: Kyiv claims that Russian troops have beheaded a Ukrainian soldier in Donetsk Oblast.

  • Putin's Visit to North Korea: President Putin has arrived in North Korea to sign a strategic partnership agreement.

  • Italy's Potential Missile Support: Media sources suggest that Italy may send Storm Shadow missiles to Ukraine.

  • SBU Drone Strikes: Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) drones have reportedly hit Russian oil depots in Rostov Oblast.

June 17, 2024

  • Ukrainian Drone Attacks in Russia: Sources report that Ukrainian drones attacked a metallurgical plant and other facilities across three Russian regions.

  • Strikes on Russian Air Defense in Crimea: Ukrainian military claims to have hit 15 Russian air defense systems in occupied Crimea over the past two months.

  • Western Aid and F-16s: General Syrskyi believes time will favor Ukraine as F-16s and additional Western aid arrive.

  • Advances in Serebryansky Forest: The Azov Regiment reports making advances in the Serebryansky forest.

  • Civilian Casualties: The Prosecutor General of Ukraine confirms that at least 12,000 civilians have been killed since the beginning of the full-scale war.

June 15-16, 2024

  • Peace Summit Agreement: A joint communique was signed by 78 countries and 4 European institutions at the peace summit, emphasizing collective support for Ukraine.

  • US Aid for Ukraine: The United States has announced $1.5 billion in aid for Ukraine, including significant support for energy infrastructure.

  • Drone Attack on Russian Airbase: Ukrainian intelligence chief Budanov confirmed that at least 70 drones were used in an attack on Russia's Morozovsk airbase.

  • Casualties in Kharkiv Offensive: Ukraine reports that Russia suffered 4,000 casualties in a month-long offensive in the Kharkiv region.

  • Russian Missile Strikes: President Zelensky stated that Russia is launching 3,500 missiles per month targeting civilian areas and infrastructure in Ukraine.

Ukraine's 68th Jaeger Brigade reported the destruction of an entire Russian tank company.

June 14, 2024

  • Zelensky on Putin's Ultimatum: President Zelensky condemned Putin's ultimatum on peace talks, calling it a 'revival of Nazism.'

  • Putin's Military Claim: President Putin stated that Russia has nearly 700,000 soldiers involved in the conflict in Ukraine.

  • 68th Jaeger Brigade Success: Ukraine's 68th Jaeger Brigade reported the destruction of an entire Russian tank company.

  • German Military Aid: Germany has announced a new military aid package for Ukraine, which includes HIMARS rocket systems and Leopard tanks.

  • Assault Accounts: Ukrainian women have shared their harrowing accounts of rape by Russian forces, and investigations have identified their assailants.

June 13, 2024

  • Ukraine's Security Agreements: Ukraine has signed bilateral security agreements with the United States and Japan, enhancing its strategic partnerships.

  • Striking Russian Communication Station: Ukrainian military reports successfully targeting Russia's newest communication station for the first time.

  • Slovenia's Covert Aid: Media sources reveal that Slovenia secretly supplied military aid to Ukraine during a delay in US assistance.

  • Starvation Tactics in Mariupol: The Guardian reports that Russia has been accused of using deliberate starvation tactics in Mariupol, with a submission made to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

  • Heavy Russian Losses in Kharkiv: A NATO source suggests that Russia has suffered "astronomical" losses on the Kharkiv front.

June 12, 2024

  • Ukraine Hits Russian Radars: Ukrainian military reports the destruction of radars for Russian S-300 and S-400 missile systems in occupied Crimea.

  • Netherlands F-16 Support: The Netherlands will provide its first F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine this summer, according to the Dutch minister.

  • Russian Su-57 Aircraft Damaged: Military intelligence confirms that two Russian Su-57 aircraft were hit in a recent strike.

  • Kryvyi Rih Missile Strike: A Russian missile strike on Kryvyi Rih has left at least 9 people dead and 29 injured.

  • Lynx Production in Ukraine: Rheinmetall and Kyiv have agreed to start producing Lynx armored vehicles in Ukraine by 2024.

  • Cluster Munitions Evidence: Police have found evidence of Russian cluster munitions in Kyiv Oblast.

An Ukrainian soldier in a fighting position in the direction of the Russian border in Kharkiv, Ukraine.

June 11, 2024

  • New Aid for Ukraine: At the Ukraine Recovery Conference, new assistance packages were announced to support Ukraine.

  • Frontline Updates: Ukrainian forces control Ivanivske near Chasiv Yar, with ongoing battles reported in Staromaiorske.

  • Russian Aircraft Downed: Ukrainian military reports the downing of a Russian Su-25 aircraft.

  • G7 Aid Fund: Media sources indicate that the G7 plans to create an aid fund for Ukraine using income from frozen Russian assets.

  • Zelensky's Call to Allies: President Zelensky urged allies to provide all necessary arms to help Ukraine defeat Russia.

June 10, 2024

  • Ukrainian Strikes in Crimea: Ukraine's General Staff reported that they successfully hit Russian S-400 and S-300 missile systems in occupied Crimea overnight.

  • Sumy Oblast Dispute: Ukraine has refuted claims by Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov about capturing a border village in Sumy Oblast.

  • Russian Submarine Patrols: In response to naval losses, Russia is now using submarines to patrol the Black Sea, according to military sources.

  • Wagner Losses in Bakhmut: A media investigation has confirmed that nearly 20,000 Wagner mercenaries died in the battle for Bakhmut.

  • F-16 Reserves for Ukraine: A top military officer stated that some of the F-16 fighter jets donated to Ukraine will be kept abroad as reserves.

June 8-9, 2024

  • Zelensky on Kharkiv: President Zelensky stated that Russia's operation in Kharkiv has not succeeded.

  • First Strike on Russian Su-57 Jet: Ukrainian military intelligence reports that they have successfully targeted a Russian Su-57 jet for the first time.

  • Ex-Mayor of Kupiansk Attacked: A former mayor of Kupiansk, now seen as a collaborator, is in critical condition following an assassination attempt in Russia, according to military intelligence.

  • African Students in Combat: Bloomberg reports that Russia is deploying students from Africa to fight in its war against Ukraine.

  • Biden's Warning: President Biden cautioned that Russian President Putin's ambitions extend beyond Ukraine.

President Zelensky and U.S. President during a meeting in France on June 7, 2024.

June 7, 2024

  • New U.S. Aid Package: President Biden has announced a $225 million aid package for Ukraine.

  • France's Military Support: President Macron stated that France is finalizing a coalition to send military instructors to Ukraine.

  • Caesar Howitzer Production in Ukraine: The producer of Caesar howitzers is planning to set up a branch in Ukraine.

  • Netherlands' Investment in Armored Vehicles: The Netherlands will invest $436 million to manufacture armored vehicles for Ukraine.

  • Russian Strikes on Oil Depots: Ukraine's company reports that Russia struck two oil depots overnight.

June 5-6, 2024

  • Destruction of Russian Tugboat: Ukrainian military intelligence has successfully destroyed a Russian tugboat in Crimea.

  • Thermobaric Munitions Used in Chasiv Yar: Ukrainian sources report that Russian forces are using thermobaric munitions in their attacks on Chasiv Yar.

  • Biden on Restrictions for US Arms: President Biden emphasized that the U.S. is not authorizing Ukraine to use American-supplied arms for strikes on Moscow.

  • Biden Criticizes Putin: During his D-Day speech, President Biden described Vladimir Putin as "a tyrant bent on domination."

  • Disputed POW Figures: Ukraine's military intelligence challenges the prisoner-of-war figures provided by Putin.

Ukrainian servicemen supervise a HIMARS launching a rocket.

June 4, 2024

  • Biden on Ukraine and NATO Membership: President Biden stated that achieving peace in Ukraine does not necessarily mean the country will become a NATO member.

  • NATO's Strategic Plans: According to the Telegraph, NATO is preparing 'land corridors' to quickly deploy US troops to the front lines in the event of a future European conflict.

  • Scholz on German Weapons: German Chancellor Olaf Scholz commented that Ukraine's use of German weapons to strike Russia will not lead to an escalation of the conflict.

  • Missile Attack in Dnipro: A Russian missile attack on Dnipro has injured eight people, including two children.

June 3, 2024

  • US Vice President to Attend Peace Summit: Vice President Kamala Harris will participate in the upcoming global peace summit on Ukraine.

  • Casualties from Russian Strike: A Russian strike in Donetsk Oblast has killed two people, including a 12-year-old boy.

  • UK Military Chief on Ukraine's Prospects: The UK military chief expressed confidence that Ukraine will win the war, emphasizing the importance of continued support from allies.

  • Challenges for Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant: The IAEA chief stated that restarting the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant is 'difficult to envisage' during the ongoing conflict.

  • Recent Russian Attacks: Russian attacks against Ukraine over the past day have resulted in one death and 13 injuries.

June 2, 2024

  • Ukrainian Peace Summit scheduled to be held in Switzerland this month​​.

  • Appeal for More Strikes on Russia: President Zelensky has urged the U.S. to permit Ukraine to use ATACMS missiles for strikes within Russia.

  • Russian Village Capture Claim: Russia claims to have captured the village of Umanske in Donetsk Oblast, though Ukraine has not confirmed this.

  • Denial of Destroyed Vessels: The Ukrainian Navy has denied Russian claims that it destroyed Ukrainian vessels.

May 31, 2024

  • Presidential Office confirms Washington allowed Kyiv to strike inside Russia with US arms near Kharkiv

  • 75 Ukrainian prisoners brought back from Russian captivity

  • Ukraine signs security agreements with Sweden, Norway, Iceland

  • Ukraine strikes ferry crossing, oil depots in Russia's Krasnodar Krai, General Staff says

  • SBU drones destroyed Russia's long-range radar in Crimea, sources say

Kerch ferry crossing in occupied Crimea after Ukrainian strikes

May 30, 2024

  • Russian Patrol Boats Struck in Crimea: Ukrainian military intelligence reports that four Russian patrol boats were hit overnight in occupied Crimea.

  • ATACMS Strike on Crimean Ferry Crossing: The General Staff confirms that Ukraine has targeted a Russian ferry crossing in Crimea using ATACMS missiles.

  • US Authorization for Limited Strikes: According to Politico, President Biden has quietly approved the use of US arms by Ukraine to strike targets within Russia, but only near Kharkiv.

  • Danish F-16 Use for Strikes: The Danish Foreign Minister has stated that Ukraine is permitted to use Danish-supplied F-16 fighter jets to strike Russian territory.

  • German Aid Package Announced: The German Defense Minister has arrived in Odesa and announced a $542 million aid package for Ukraine.

  • Russian Forces Near Kharkiv: General Syrskyi reports that Russia is building up forces near Kharkiv Oblast, but the buildup is insufficient to achieve a breakthrough.

A Swedish ASC 890 radar reconnaissance and control aircraft.

May 29, 2024

  • Sweden's Largest Military Aid Package: Sweden has announced a $1.3 billion military aid package for Ukraine, marking its largest aid contribution to date.

  • Stance on Ukrainian Strikes in Russia: Finland, Canada, and Poland do not prohibit Ukraine from using their weapons to strike targets inside Russia.

  • US Position on Strikes in Russia: Secretary of State Blinken indicated that the US stance on strikes within Russia will 'adapt and adjust as necessary.'

  • Casualties in Kharkiv Attack: Rescue operations have concluded following the Kharkiv hypermarket attack, with 19 people killed and 54 injured.

  • Blackout in Rivne Oblast: A Russian drone attack has caused a partial blackout in Rivne Oblast.

May 28, 2024

  • Belgium's Security Deal and Aid: Belgium has signed a security deal with Ukraine and pledged $1 billion in aid for this year.

  • Zelensky's Visit to Portugal: President Zelensky has arrived in Portugal and signed a bilateral security agreement.

  • Potential Polish Troop Deployment: The Polish Foreign Minister has stated that sending troops to Ukraine 'shouldn't be ruled out.'

  • Russian Drone Production Plans: According to the Wall Street Journal, Russia aims to produce 6,000 Shahed-type drones annually in Tatarstan.

  • Czechia's Support for Ukraine: Czechia has expressed support for Ukraine's right to strike Russian targets using Western-provided weapons.

Voronezh M radar system that was hit by an Ukrainian drone.

May 27, 2024

  • Drone Strike on Russian Radar: A Ukrainian drone has successfully struck a Russian early-warning radar located 1,800 kilometers away.

  • French Military Training Support: France will send instructors to Ukraine to train Ukrainian soldiers, according to General Syrskyi.

  • NATO Parliamentary Support: The NATO Parliamentary Assembly has expressed support for Ukraine's right to target sites within Russia using Western-supplied arms.

  • Ukraine-Spain Security Agreement: Ukraine and Spain have signed a bilateral security agreement.

  • Russian Claims of Village Captures: Russia claims to have captured two villages in the Kharkiv and Donetsk oblasts, although Ukraine has not confirmed these reports.

  • Casualties in Mykolaiv Oblast: A Russian attack on a town in Mykolaiv Oblast has resulted in three deaths and six injuries.

May 26, 2024

  • Hypermarket Attack in Kharkiv: A Russian strike on a hypermarket in Kharkiv has killed 16 people, including a child.

  • Subsequent Attack on Kharkiv: Russia launched another attack on Kharkiv just hours after the deadly hypermarket strike, injuring 25 people.

  • Calls for Enhanced Air Defense: Following the strike in Kharkiv, President Zelensky, Foreign Minister Kuleba, and other officials are calling for increased air defense support.

  • Russian Troop Movements: President Zelensky has reported that Russia is forming another group of forces near Ukraine's northern border.

  • Shell Production Disparity: Russia's shell production is reported to be three times greater than that of Ukraine's allies.

  • Overnight Attacks Across Ukraine: Russia launched multiple attacks across Ukraine overnight on May 26.

  • Jet Downed in Donetsk Oblast: Ukraine has reported downing a Russian Su-25 jet in Donetsk Oblast.

1 Comment

Jun 05

Please, pray for Ukraine, Ukrainian Christians and this aweful war to stop...

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