Ukraine appeals for air defense as Russia turns to Lysychans’k


Kyiv — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky attacks a confused country with Western leaders on Monday after Russian troops attack Lysychans’k, the last Ukrainian-owned metropolis in eastern Luhansk Oblast. Encouraged to supply a defense system.

When the leaders met, Russian troops were attacking Lysychans’k, the Kremlin’s direct battlefield target, after the fall of neighboring Severodonetsk over the weekend.

Luhansk Governor Serhiy Gaidai said the city had been “catastrophically” damaged by the bombardment and urged civilians to evacuate urgently.

“The situation in the city is very difficult,” Gaidai wrote in the Telegram messaging app.

Prior to his speech to the G7 Summit at the resort of Schloss Elmaua, Zelensky emphasized the urgency of the need for more weapons.

“If the partner is really a partner, not an observer, the partner needs to act faster. Weapon delays move to our state and there are limits. This is actually Russia’s attack many times. It’s an invitation to do so, “he said in his latest daily message to rally his compatriots.

According to the White House, leaders will make a long-term security commitment to provide Ukraine with financial, humanitarian, military and diplomatic support “as much as necessary”, including advanced weapons.

President Joe Biden had previously told his allies, “We must be together,” to Russia in the face of assault on Ukraine.

Sanctions have separated Russia from the world’s financial system, but the war has brought difficulties to countries far beyond Russia’s borders, and reduced food and energy supplies have hit the world economy.

These include Ukrainian grain exports, which are now trapped in ports, typically feeding millions of people in the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere.

But Russian President Vladimir Putin has shown no signs of diversion when his troops fought to pick another Ukrainian city.

The Ukrainian Army General Staff said Monday that Russian troops were using cannons to block Lysychans’k from the south. Russian fighters also struck near the city, the staff said in its daily update.

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On June 17, 2022, in Lysychans’k, the Luhansk region of Ukraine, smoke rises above the wreckage of buildings destroyed by military attacks as Russia continues to attack Ukraine. (Oleksandr Ratushniak / Reuters)

Tass reported on Sunday citing Moscow-backed separatist officials, saying Russian troops had invaded Lysychans’k from five directions and isolated Ukrainian defenders.

Reuters could not confirm the report, and the latest information on the staff did not mention the separatist invasion of the city.

In the Ukrainian setback, Russian troops take full control of Lysychans’k’s twin city, Sievierodnetsk, on the eastern bank of the Siverskyi Donets on the weekend when Ukrainian troops withdrew after several weeks of artillery and street combat. I got the right.

The province of Donetsk, adjacent to Luhansk, constitutes the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine, the industrial center of Ukraine.

Russian troops also control southern territories, including Mariupol. Mariupol collapsed and was abandoned after several weeks of siege.

Russian missiles also attacked Kieu on Sunday for the first time in weeks.

No division

When Russia invaded Ukraine in February, Western nations rebounded around Kieu, but their unity is now being tested as inflation surges and energy shortages repel their own people.

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US President Joe Biden (R-3) at the “Global Infrastructure” side event, (L–R) European Union Council Committee President Ursula von der Leyen, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, I will speak as Prime Minister of Germany Olav. Schultz, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, and President Charles Michel of the European Union Council are watching at the G7 Summit on June 26, 2022 at Schloss Ermau near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. (SeanGallup / Getty Images)

At the summit, Biden emphasized the need for unity in fear of disagreements in the European capital on how to deal with the situation.

“From the beginning, Putin has expected NATO and the G7 to split, but we haven’t, and we don’t intend to,” the US President insisted.

Tom Balmforce

Reuters

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