UK will send long-range missiles to Ukraine despite Putin’s warning; Zelensky visits hard-hit Donbass

The UK says heavy fighting continues around Severodonetsk in eastern Ukraine

Smoke and dirt rise in the city of Severodonetsk during fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forces in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine on June 2, 2022.

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The British Ministry of Defense said in its daily intelligence update that intense fighting continues around the disputed town of Severodonetsk in eastern Ukraine.

In addition, Russian forces continue to advance towards Slovinsk as part of their attempt to encircle Ukrainian forces, according to the ministry.

It is also likely that Russian forces have moved several air defense assets to Snake Island in the western Black Sea in order to provide protection for their ships operating in the area, according to the ministry. This comes after the loss of the flagship cruiser Moskva in April.

The UK said that “Russian activity on Snake Island is contributing to its blockade of the Ukrainian coast and impeding the resumption of maritime trade, including Ukraine’s grain exports”.

– Holly Eliat

Zelensky visits the front lines despite fierce fighting

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited the front-line regions where his country’s forces are fighting against invading Russian forces, Sky News reported on Monday.

Zelensky went to Lyschansk and Solidar in eastern Ukraine, where Russia uses indiscriminate missile and artillery attacks against large areas. Cities are in Luhansk and Donetsk, respectively.

Sky said that the Ukrainian president had visited Zaporizhia earlier. That city is located on the Dnipro River, near the southern front facing the Russian forces.

A video circulating on Twitter claimed to show Zelensky visiting sites near Lysichansk, where he paid tribute to Ukrainian soldiers.

CNBC has not been able to confirm the authenticity of this video.

– Ted Kemp

The United Kingdom will supply Ukraine with multiple launch missile systems

Heavy missile launcher M270 MLRS on May 23, 2022. Britain is sending multiple launch missile systems to Ukraine that can hit targets up to 50 miles away – in a coordinated response with the United States to the Russian invasion, Reuters reports.

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Britain is sending Ukraine multiple launch missile systems that can strike targets up to 50 miles away in a coordinated response with the United States to the Russian invasion, Reuters reported.

“High-capacity multiple-launch missile systems will enable our Ukrainian friends to better protect themselves from the brutal use of long-range artillery, which (Russian President Vladimir) Putin has indiscriminately used to flatten cities,” Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said in a statement. statement, according to Reuters.

The United States also said last week that it is Supplying Ukraine with high mobility artillery missile systems. The missiles of HIMARS Travel over 43 milesAccording to the US Army.

The United Kingdom said Ukrainian forces would be trained on how to use the new systems in Britain, according to Reuters.

– Chelsea Ong

The governor of the region said that about 800 people are hiding in shelters under a chemical plant in Severodonetsk

People from Severodonetsk were seen in a truck taking them to Kramatorsk. Severodonetsk, the largest Ukrainian-controlled city in Luhansk Province, was subjected to intense artillery and missile bombardment by the Russian army.

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The head of the Luhansk region’s military administration told CNN that nearly 800 people are hiding through several shelters located under the Azot chemical plant in Severodonetsk.

“There are local residents who have been asked to leave the city,” Sarhi Haiday told news outlets. “But they refused. There are also children, but not many of them.”

NBC News was not immediately able to verify the allegations.

Ukrainian regional officials later said that Russian forces fired on an nitrogen plant and hit an office building and a methanol storage warehouse, CNN reported.

Hayday said Severodonetsk is now divided between Russian and Ukrainian control, according to an NBC News translation.

– Jessica Burshinsky

The mayor of Kyiv said that several explosions hit the Ukrainian capital

The mayor of Kyiv said several explosions were heard in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, after missile strikes on infrastructure, according to a translation by NBC News.

Mayor Vitali Klitschko said one person has been sent to hospital and that services are already operating at the affected sites.

The mayor of another city in the area, Brovary, also urged residents to remain calm and in safe places after reports of hostile fire in the area.

CNBC was unable to confirm the report. It is still difficult to confirm military developments on the ground given the rapidly changing situation.

– Kristen Wang

Putin warns the West against sending long-range missiles that will hit harder

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the plenary session of the 1st Eurasian Economic Forum in Bishkek, via video link from Moscow, Russia on May 26, 2022.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued a broad warning to the West that his army will hit new targets if the United States starts supplying Ukraine with long-range missiles, the TASS news agency reported.

In an interview broadcast on Russia-1 TV channel, Putin said that if such weapons are provided: “We will draw the relevant conclusions and take our own means of attack, which, for the purpose of hitting objects we have not reached. So far, we have enough. “

Putin did not say what targets he would try to hit.

Ukrainian officials have been asking the West for weeks to send advanced long-range missile systems to help them in the war. Officials in Washington had to weigh the advantages of sending weapons with the risk of provoking Putin to commit more atrocities.

President Joe Biden said in a New York Times Editorial Last Thursday, the United States will provide Ukraine with more advanced missile systems and ammunition.

– Jessica Burshinsky

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