Ukraine newest updates: Russian reserves heading to Luhansk – Al Jazeera English

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Ukraine information from June 18: Luhansk governor says reserves are coming from different battle areas to the front-line on the jap metropolis of Severodonetsk.
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These have been the updates on Saturday, June 18:
18 Jun 2022 – 20:20 GMT
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is urging Russia to ease the worldwide meals disaster by serving to to facilitate grain shipments from blockaded Ukrainian ports.
“You must hope for the world’s sake that an settlement is reached,” Scholz informed the dpa information company, referring to persevering with negotiations about establishing an export hall throughout the Black Sea.
“Russia should allow secure passage and on the similar time give credible assurances that it’s going to not use the hall for an invasion,” he informed dpa.
18 Jun 2022 – 19:47 GMT
UK Prime Minister Johnson has warned allies to organize for an extended struggle in Ukraine, urging sustained help for Kyiv or threat “the best victory for aggression” since World Warfare II.
In an article for The Sunday Occasions, Johnson mentioned Ukraine’s international backers ought to maintain their nerve to make sure it has “the strategic endurance to outlive and ultimately prevail”.
“Time is now the very important issue,” Johnson wrote in a 1,000-word article posted on-line on Saturday night time.
“Every little thing will rely on whether or not Ukraine can strengthen its potential to defend its soil sooner than Russia can renew its capability to assault. Our job is to enlist time on Ukraine’s facet.”
18 Jun 2022 – 19:12 GMT
Ukraine’s President Zelenskyy has inspected a constructing in Odesa broken by a Russian missile assault that killed eight individuals.
The Ukrainian chief wrote in his Telegram channel that amongst these killed included a three-month-old child, calling it “a horrible crime for which there are not any excuses”.
18 Jun 2022 – 18:30 GMT
The spokesman of the Normal Workers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine says Russian forces have been actively on the offensive throughout Kharkiv, Severodonetsk and Sloviansk.
Oleksandr Shtupun mentioned that the Russian army had used artillery shelling throughout numerous settlements in the direction of Kharkiv.
He added that Russians used mortars, artillery and rocket-propelled grenade launchers in opposition to numerous settlements within the path of Sloviansk.
In the meantime in Severodonetsk, “the enemy continues to fireplace from artillery and rocket artillery within the areas of the settlements of Met’olkine, Bila Hora and Ustynivka,” Shtupun mentioned.
18 Jun 2022 – 17:50 GMT
Three Russian missiles destroyed a gasoline storage depot within the jap Ukrainian city of No
vomoskovsk, sending three individuals to hospital, the pinnacle of the regional administration has mentioned in a web-based message.
Valentyn Reznichenko posted an image of what he mentioned was a big blaze on the depot.
Al Jazeera couldn’t independently confirm the official’s claims.
18 Jun 2022 – 17:06 GMT
A number of Russian missiles hit a gasworks within the Izyum district in jap Ukraine, Kharkiv area governor Oleh Synehubov has mentioned.
“A big-scale fireplace broke out, rescuers localised the fireplace,” Synehubov wrote on the Telegram messaging app, including that another buildings had additionally been broken.
18 Jun 2022 – 17:48 GMT
An enormous explosion rocked an space close to the besieged Ukrainian metropolis of Severodonetsk and a big orange-coloured cloud could possibly be seen rising into the air, a Russian-backed consultant has mentioned.
Rodion Miroshnik, an official within the self-styled separatist administration of the Luhansk Individuals’s Republic, posted a video of what he mentioned was the cloud on the Telegram messaging app.
Al Jazeera couldn’t independently confirm the official’s claims.
18 Jun 2022 – 16:15 GMT
Russia is sending a lot of reserve troops to Severodonetsk from different battle zones to attempt to acquire full management of the front-line jap metropolis, the governor of Ukraine’s Luhansk area has mentioned.
“Immediately, tomorrow, or the day after tomorrow, they are going to throw in all of the reserves they’ve … as a result of there are such a lot of of them there already, they’re at essential mass,” Luhansk regional governor Serhiy Haidai mentioned on nationwide tv.
Al Jazeera couldn’t independently confirm the official’s claims.
18 Jun 2022 – 15:20 GMT
Ukraine’s defence intelligence directorate has mentioned 5 Ukrainian civilians had been returned in a five-for-five prisoner swap with Russia. It didn’t say whether or not the exchanged Russians have been combatants.
The directorate mentioned 4 of the 5 Ukrainian civilians had been taken prisoner throughout Russia’s occupation of components of Kyiv area, from the place Russian forces withdrew on the finish of March.
18 Jun 2022 – 14:40 GMT
Lithuanian authorities say a ban on the transit by means of their territory to the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad of products which are topic to EU sanctions will take impact from Saturday.
The EU sanctions listing notably contains coal, metals, building supplies and superior expertise, and the ban would cowl about 50 % of the objects that Kaliningrad imports, the area’s governor Anton Alikhanov mentioned.
18 Jun 2022 – 13:59 GMT
Seventy-seven miners have been rescued after being trapped underground throughout an influence outage and shelling of territory managed by pro-Russian separatists in jap Ukraine, native officers mentioned.
The miners have been underground when energy was misplaced within the Zasyadko coal mine in Ukraine’s Donetsk area however all have been now secure and nobody was injured, in accordance with an announcement by native separatist officers.
Al Jazeera couldn’t independently confirm the claims of the separatists.
18 Jun 2022 – 13:29 GMT
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18 Jun 2022 – 12:32 GMT
Russia is placing the world vulnerable to famine by means of its blockade of Ukraine’s shipments of grains and restrictions by itself exports, EU international coverage chief Josep Borrell has mentioned.
“Russia’s aware political alternative is to ‘weaponise’” grain exports and “use them as a instrument for blackmail in opposition to anybody that opposes its aggression” in Ukraine, Borrell mentioned in an article printed on his official weblog.
The risk to meals safety and a “battle of narrative” with Russia on Western-imposed sanctions on Moscow over Ukraine will dominate European Union international ministers’ talks in Luxembourg on Monday.
18 Jun 2022 – 11:11 GMT
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has visited the war-damaged southern metropolis of Mykolaiv for the primary time for the reason that Russian invasion in a uncommon journey outdoors Kyiv.
Zelenskyy’s workplace printed a video of him taking a look at a badly broken high-rise residential constructing within the metropolis and holding a gathering with native officers.
18 Jun 2022 – 10:38 GMT
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has mentioned he hopes Ukraine will have the ability to host subsequent 12 months’s Eurovision Tune Contest, saying the nation’s individuals “need to have it”.
“The Ukrainians gained the Eurovision Tune Contest. I do know we had a improbable entry, I do know we got here second and I’d find it irresistible to be on this nation,” Johnson mentioned.
The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has dominated it couldn’t go forward within the war-torn nation as deliberate and as an alternative provided the possibility to the UK.
“However the reality is that they gained they usually need to have it. I imagine that they will have it and I imagine that they need to have it,” Johnson mentioned.
18 Jun 2022 – 10:10 GMT
A whole bunch of Ukrainians have gathered at a central Kyiv monastery for the funeral of a 24-year-old activist killed throughout preventing with Russian forces in jap Ukraine.
Roman Ratushny, a well-known determine of Ukraine’s 2014 pro-EU revolution, was killed on June 9 close to Izyum within the jap Kharkiv area.
Mourners attended his funeral on the golden-domed Saint Michael’s monastery.
18 Jun 2022 – 09:33 GMT
Ukrainian authorities say that “fierce battles” with Russia are raging in villages outdoors the jap metropolis of Severodonetsk, which Moscow’s forces have been making an attempt to grab management of for weeks.
“Now probably the most fierce battles are close to Severodonetsk. They [Russia] don’t management town solely,” the governor of the jap Luhansk area, Sergiy Haiday, mentioned on Telegram.
“In close by villages there are very troublesome fights, in Toshkivska, Zolote. They’re making an attempt to interrupt by means of however failing,” he mentioned. “Our defenders are preventing Russians in all instructions. Lately, they shot down a airplane and took captives.”
He added that Lysychansk, a Ukrainian-controlled metropolis throughout a river from battered Severodonetsk, was being “closely shelled”.
18 Jun 2022 – 09:21 GMT
It is crucial the UK continues to indicate it’s supporting Ukraine for the lengthy haul, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has mentioned, warning of a threat of “Ukraine fatigue” because the struggle drags on.
“The Russians are grinding ahead inch by inch and it’s important for us to indicate what we all know to be true which is that Ukraine can win and can win,” Johnson informed reporters on his arrival again within the UK from a go to to Kyiv.
Some members of his Conservative Occasion had criticised him for making the journey as an alternative of attending a convention in northern England.
“When Ukraine fatigue is setting in, it is vitally necessary to indicate that we’re with them for the lengthy haul and we’re giving them the strategic resilience that they want,” Johnson mentioned.
18 Jun 2022 – 08:08 GMT
Ukraine plans to renew peace talks with Russia by the top of August, when counter-attack operations have been carried out.
The nation will probably be in a greater place to barter, Kyiv’s chief negotiator David Arakhamia informed an interview with US broadcasters Voice of America. He believes Ukraine will conduct an operation with counter-attacks in other places, he mentioned with out giving particulars.
18 Jun 2022 – 06:35 GMT
Shelling has trapped 77 miners in a coal mine within the Donetsk area of jap Ukraine after energy to the mine was minimize off, Russia’s state RIA information company has reported.
“Because of shelling by [Ukrainian forces], energy to the Zasyadko mine in Donetsk was minimize off, 77 miners stay underground,” RIA mentioned, citing the Russian-backed separatist area’s territorial defence.
There was no instant response from Kyiv. Ukraine routinely denies finishing up any assaults on the 2 areas that comprise the Donbas, the self-styled Donetsk and Luhansk individuals’s republics, the place separatists seized massive swaths of land in 2014.
18 Jun 2022 – 06:27 GMT
A Russian state TV channel has aired movies on social media of two People who went lacking final week whereas preventing alongside the Ukrainian military, stating they’d been captured by Russian forces.
United States President Joe Biden had mentioned on Friday he didn’t know the whereabouts of Alexander Drueke and Andy Huynh, each US army veterans.
“Mother, I simply need to let that I’m alive and I hope to be again residence as quickly as I may be,” Drueke mentioned in a video posted by Russian journalist Roman Kosarev, who works with RT channel, on messaging platform Telegram.
The lacking People, together with a 3rd recognized as a former US Marines captain, are believed to be a part of an unknown variety of largely army veterans who’ve joined different foreigners to volunteer alongside Ukrainian troops.
18 Jun 2022 – 06:17 GMT
A Russian vessel that was delivering weapons to the strategically necessary Snake Island has sunk after being hit by Ukrainian missiles, a army official has mentioned.
The Russian Black Sea Fleet’s tug, named Vasily Bech, was broken on Friday by anti-ship missiles offered to Ukraine by Denmark.
“Later it grew to become identified that it sank,” Odessa army governor Maxym Marchenko mentioned in a video assertion on his Telegram channel.
Russian officers haven’t confirmed the incident. Moscow had confirmed the lack of the touchdown ship Saratov and the flagship missile cruiser Moskva.
18 Jun 2022 – 06:11 GMT
Russia has probably renewed its efforts to advance south of Ukraine’s jap metropolis of Izyum within the final 48 hours, the British defence ministry has mentioned.
Its purpose is to penetrate deeper into the Donetsk area and envelope the pocket across the embattled metropolis of Severodonetsk from the north, it mentioned in an intelligence replace on Twitter.
If trapped Ukrainian civilians don’t take up a suggestion of leaving by way of a hall, Russia is prone to declare justification in making much less of a distinction between them and any Ukrainian army targets within the space, the ministry added.
Newest Defence Intelligence replace on the state of affairs in Ukraine – 18 June 2022
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18 Jun 2022 – 04:07 GMT
Russia invited Chinese language President Xi Jinping to deal with the St Petersburg Worldwide Financial Discussion board on Friday.
Talking by video hyperlink, Xi informed the discussion board that it was essential to “construct an open world financial system and reject makes an attempt at decoupling, provide disruption, unilateral sanctions and most stress”, state media reported on Saturday.
China has urged talks to finish the struggle in Ukraine and has not condemned Russia for the invasion.
18 Jun 2022 – 02:05 GMT
Russia is deploying extra forces to help its offensive within the Severodonetsk and Lysychansk space, however Ukraine’s defences stay “sturdy”, in accordance with the newest replace from the Institute for the Examine of Warfare (ISW).
“The Russian army has concentrated the overwhelming majority of its obtainable fight energy to seize Severodonetsk and Lysychansk on the expense of different axes of advance and is struggling heavy casualties to take action,” the US-based assume tank mentioned.
#Russian forces are persevering with to deploy further forces to help offensive operations within the #Severodonetsk#Lysychansk space; #Ukrainian defenses stay sturdy.
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— ISW (@TheStudyofWar) June 18, 2022
18 Jun 2022 – 01:42 GMT
Save the Youngsters has welcomed a political declaration designed to guard civilians in cities and cities with a dedication to keep away from explosive assaults on city areas.
After three years of negotiations, Eire introduced the ultimate draft of the declaration in Geneva on Friday.
“This can be a milestone achievement in recognising a development in trendy battle that’s having a devastating influence on the lives of kids,” James Denselow, head of the battle crew at Save the Youngsters UK, mentioned in an announcement. “It recognises the distinctive vulnerabilities kids need to the weapons of contemporary struggle and their proximity to too many entrance traces. It could possibly be a major step ahead within the push to cease the struggle on kids”.
The gavel falls on the ultimate negotiations!
This Political Declaration is a significant milestone in strengthening the safety of civilians from the devastating results of Explosive Weapons in Populated Areas #EWIPA
🇮🇪 thanks all delegates for his or her sturdy engagement within the course of
— Eire UN Geneva (@IrelandUNGeneva) June 17, 2022
18 Jun 2022 – 00:47 GMT
Russia has freed a Ukrainian medic whose footage was smuggled out of the besieged metropolis of Mariupol by an Related Press crew, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has introduced.
Yuliia Paievska, identified in Ukraine as Taira, used a physique digicam to movie her crew’s efforts over two weeks to avoid wasting the wounded, together with each Russian and Ukrainian troopers.
She transferred the clips to the AP journalists, one among whom fled with it embedded in a tampon on March 15. Taira and a colleague have been taken prisoner by Russian forces the following day.
18 Jun 2022 – 00:07 GMT
The Reuters information company is reporting that the USA’ plans to promote 4 MQ-1C Grey Eagle drones to Ukraine have been placed on maintain due to issues the subtle surveillance tools might fall into enemy fingers.
The technical objection to the sale of the armable drones was raised throughout a deeper evaluation by the Pentagon’s Protection Know-how Safety Administration, which is charged with conserving high-value expertise secure from enemy fingers, Reuters mentioned, citing two individuals aware of the plan.
Republican senators in the USA have written to TikTok Chief Govt Shou Zi Chew about experiences the social media website had allowed Russian state-approved media content material however barred different movies.
“Latest experiences point out TikTok… has allowed Russian state media to flood the platform with harmful pro-war propaganda. No firm ought to discover itself within the place of amplifying the Kremlin’s lies, which gasoline public help for Russia’s struggle of alternative in Ukraine,” the letter mentioned.
The senators wrote they have been “deeply involved” that TikTok “is enabling the unfold of pro-war propaganda to the Russian public, which dangers including to an already devastating human toll for each Ukrainians and Russians.”
The United Nations says greater than 10,000 civilians, together with lots of of kids, have now been killed or injured within the struggle in Ukraine.
Some 4,509 individuals had been killed and 5,585 injured as of midnight in Kyiv (21:00 GMT) on June 16, the United Nations Workplace of the Excessive Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) mentioned in its each day replace. The useless embody 294 kids, the OHCHR mentioned.
“A lot of the civilian casualties recorded have been brought on by way of explosive weapons with a large influence space, together with shelling from heavy artillery and a number of launch rocket programs, and missile and air strikes,” the assertion mentioned, including that the precise figures have been in all probability a lot larger.
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