Russians fortify their positions in Severodonetsk, Ukraine loses up to 100 soldiers every day

1 June, 09:48 AM
A Ukrainian soldier at one of the positions in Donbas (Photo:REUTERS/Serhii Nuzhnenko)

A Ukrainian soldier at one of the positions in Donbas (Photo:REUTERS/Serhii Nuzhnenko)

Today, June 1, is the 98th day of Ukraine's defense against a full-scale Russian invasion.

8.21 p.m:  Russian occupiers seized the eastern part of Severodonetsk and tried to storm Komyshuvakha but without success, the Ukrainian Army General Staff has reported.

Russian aviation bombed Avdiivka, New York. Novoselivka and other settlements of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblast. 

On the occupied territories, Russians cut the connection of Ukrainian mobile operators.

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4.42 p.m: Ukrainian forces control only 20 percent of Severodonetsk, local mayor Oleksandr Stryuk told Reuters. 

Russian invaders control about 60 percent of the city, while the rest is a no-mans land.

"Ukrainian armed forces are defending that 20%. Our troops hold the defensive lines, trying to push out Russian troops, "Stryuk said.

According to him, 12-13 thousand people remain in the city, but all the necessary infrastructure has been destroyed, and access to the city for food or other assistance is impossible.

The mayor stressed that locals live in conditions of constant shelling, and street fighting is taking place in the city.

2.56 p.m:  Ukraine losses 60-100 soldiers a day as the fights in the east go harder, President Volodymyr Zelensky said in an interview with Newsmax. 

"The situation is very difficult, 60-100 soldiers a day die in battle and about 500 people are wounded. That's how we keep our defensive lines," Zelensky said.

And Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said that Ukraine has entered into a critical phase of war, lacking the heavy weapons needed to push the overwhelming Russian forces away.

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Russian occupiers have been fortifying their positions in the center of Severodonetsk, a city in Luhansk Oblast, that remains a center of active street fighting. The invading forces went on the offensive in the northern and southern and eastern districts of Severodonetsk, Ukrainian Army General Staff has reported.

In order to inflict losses and exhaust Ukrainian troops Russians fire along the contact line with mortars, artillery, and rocket-propelled grenade launchers.

Russians have repaired the railway bridge crossing in the area of Kupyansk to restore the logistics supply of the railway branch Kupyansk - Lyman.

In the Lyman direction, the invading troops have reinforced units and regrouped them. With the support of Ka-52 helicopters, the offensive is in the direction of the Lyman - Staryi Karavan, and the fighting continues.

In the Bakhmut direction, Russians have been trying to oust units of Ukrainian troops from their positions in the Belohorivka and Vrubivka districts.  Russians have used the assault and army aircraft in Komyshuvakha, Berestov, and Nyrkove.

Near Slovyansk, Donetsk Oblast, Russians were forced to withdraw a part of their forces back to the occupied Izym, Kharkiv Oblast. 

In order to strengthen the protection and defense of logistics routes, the occupying army of the Russian Federation strengthened the group in the village of Kupyansk, Kharkiv Oblast by moving the battalion tactical group.

Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden has confirmed the transfer of modern volley-fire missile systems to Ukraine in his column in the New York Times.

"We will provide Ukrainians with more advanced missile systems and ammunition that will allow them to more accurately hit key targets on the battlefield in Ukraine," Biden said.

In addition, the White House intends to continue to supply Ukraine with: Javelin anti-tank missiles; Stinger anti-aircraft missiles; powerful artillery and high-precision missile systems; radars; unmanned aerial vehicles; Mi-17 helicopters; ammunition.

At the same time, State Department spokesman Ned Price clarified that the United States will not supply Ukraine with long-range missiles "for use outside the battlefield in Ukraine."

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