12 people were killed in the Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk, according to the governor of Luhansk
The governor of eastern Ukraine’s Luhansk region said 12 people were killed in Severodonetsk as a result of Russian attacks, and more than 60 homes were destroyed.
Serhiy Heyday, head of the Luhansk Regional Military Administration, said via Telegram that at least five high-rise buildings in Severodonetsk had been destroyed.
– Sam Meredith
The UK says Russia is likely to quickly redeploy Mariupol forces in Donbass
An aerial view of damaged apartment buildings and the Azovstal steel plant in the coastal city of Mariupol on May 18, 2022.
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Once Russian forces secure Ukraine’s Mariupol, Britain’s Ministry of Defense says the Kremlin is likely to quickly move its forces into operations in the Donbass region.
The United Kingdom has said that up to 1,700 Ukrainian soldiers are likely to have surrendered from the Mariupol Azovstal steel plant, according to its daily intelligence update.
“The strong Ukrainian resistance in Mariupol since the beginning of the war means that Russian forces in the region must be re-equipped and replenished before they can be effectively redeployed. This can be a long process if it is fully conducted,” the ministry said.
She added that “Russian leaders, however, are under pressure to clearly achieve operational goals. This means that Russia will likely redistribute its forces quickly without sufficient preparation, which threatens to further drain the force.”
– Sam Meredith
Zelensky accuses Russia of genocide against Ukrainians
Zelensky accused the Russian forces of committing genocide against the Ukrainian people.
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has accused Russian forces of committing genocide against the Ukrainian people, calling the current situation in the Donbass region “hell”.
Speaking during his evening address, Zelensky said that Ukrainian forces continue to liberate the northeastern region of Kharkiv. “But in the Donbass, the occupiers are trying to increase the pressure. There is hell, and this is not an exaggeration.”
“Donbass was completely destroyed – all this is not and cannot have any military explanation for Russia,” said Zelensky.
“This is a deliberate criminal attempt to kill as many Ukrainians as possible. Destroy as many homes, social facilities and businesses as possible. This is what will be described as the genocide of the Ukrainian people and for which the occupiers will surely be brought to justice.”
It was not possible to obtain a comment from the Russian embassy in London.
– Sam Meredith
Not reopening Ukrainian ports would be a declaration of war on global food security: the World Food Program
An agricultural field on the coast of the Azov Sea on February 15, 2022 in Ukraine. The country is a major source of agriculture, feeding about 400 million people globally, according to the World Food Program.
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Failure to open Ukrainian ports would be a Declaring war on global food security In this “unprecedented crisis,” the Executive Director of the World Food Program, David Beasley, warned.
“Food pricing is our number one problem right now, the result of all this perfect storm of 2022,” Beasley said. “But by 2023 the problem of food availability will be very well done.”
Ukraine is a major exporter of agriculture, feeding about 400 million people globally, according to the World Food Program.
A WFP analysis found that 276 million people worldwide suffer from acute hunger At the beginning of 2022. If the war continues, this number could rise by 47 million.
The World Food Program said that because ports in Ukraine were closed as a result of the war, millions of metric tons of grain could not be shipped.
The World Food Program has said that Ukrainian farmers will have nowhere to store the next harvest in July or August if the ports are not reopened, meaning that grain will be wasted while the world suffers from a global food crisis.
Food prices have risen since Russia invaded Ukraine in late February. Food prices are at their highest ever recorded by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. 34% more than this time last year.
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US approves tenth $100 million security assistance package for Ukraine
Ukrainian soldiers taking part in the armed conflict with Russian-backed separatists in the country’s Donetsk region attend a handover ceremony of weapons and heavy military equipment in Kyiv on November 15, 2018.
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The Pentagon announced the approval of the tenth security assistance package, amounting to $100 million, to Ukraine.
“The capabilities in this package are designed to meet critical Ukrainian combat needs today as Russian forces continue their offensive in eastern Ukraine,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said during a daily news briefing.
The package includes:
- 18 155mm howitzers
- 18 tactical vehicles to tow 155mm howitzers
- Three anti-artillery radars AN / TPQ-36
- Field equipment and spare parts
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