Russian invasion of Ukraine – atualizações ao vivo
"Contudo, the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) publishes casualty figures for DPR forces. As of 16 Junho, the DPR acknowledged 2128 military personnel killed in action, e 8897 ferido, since the start of 2022,” the defence ministry said.
It is “highly likely that DPR forces are equipped with outdated weapons and equipment,” the ministry said.
Heavy shelling has continued to rain on Ukraine’s eastern region Donbas where Russia is pushing to corner the key city of Sievierodonetsk.
Russia is highly likely preparing to attempt to deploy a large number of reserve units to the Donbas, the UK has claimed.
Sehiy Haidai, the regional governor of Luhansk, one of the two territories in Donbas, said “today everything that can burn is on fire”.
Sievierodonetsk, an area of intense fighting, is being turned “into ruins”, the governor said.
Russian soldier death toll rises above 34,000, according to Ukrainian army
Quase 35,000 Russian soldiers have been killed in the first four months of the war, the Ukrainian army has claimed.
Although Moscow has not released any death toll figures since late March, the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), one of its proxies, disse 2,218 of its troops have died. Outro 8897 have been wounded, it added.
This casualty rate is roughly 55 per cent of the initial size of DPR’s forces, British military intelligence has suggested.
Russian demotions show Kremlin’s ‘ongoing dysfunction’, says ISW
Moscow’s decision to replace some of its top commanders shows the “ongoing dysfunction in the Kremlin’s conduct of the war”, the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) disse.
See here for the US think tank’s latest update on the situation in Ukraine:
Putin to mark WWII anniversary
Russian prresident Vladimir Putin will today mark the Nazis’ invasion of the Soviet Union in World War Two by laying flowers to honour the dead.
The German invasion lasted 1,418 days from 22 Junho, 1941, and caused the deaths of an estimated 27 million Soviet soldiers and civilians.
The day is also commemorated in Belarus and Ukraine, the country which Putin invaded on 24 Febuary. Thousands of Ukrainian civilians have been killed so far as a result of the war, according to the UN.
Ukrainian journalist and soldier ‘coldly executed’ by Russian troops, RSF claims
A Ukrainian photojournalist was “coldly executed” along with the soldier who was accompanying him soon after Vladimir Putin’s invasion, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said in a report on Wednesday.
Maks Levin and Oleksiy Chernyshov went missing on 13 March north of Kyiv while they were searching for this drone. Their bodies were found on 1 April in woods close to the capital.
Their burned car was riddled with more than a dozen bullet holes, according to investigators.
A bullet was discovered near Levin’s body, with RSF concluding that “he was probably killed with one, perhaps two bullets fired at close range when he was already on the ground”.
Indonesian president to visit Ukraine and Russia
Indonesian president Joko Widodo will visit leaders in Ukraine and Russia next week in an attempt to call for peace.
Mr Widodo, the current chair of the G20, has resisted pressure from some western countries to exclude Russia from the intergovernmental forum.
“The president is showing compassion on the humanitarian crisis, will try to contribute to the food crisis caused by the war, and the impact felt on all countries, especially the developing and low-income ones,” foreign minister Retno Marsudi said.
“And he’ll keep pushing for the spirit of peace," ela adicionou.
Russia suffering ‘extraordinary attrition’ in Donbas, claims British defence ministry
Russia is facing “extraordinary attrition” in Ukraine’s eastern region and it is likely that the pro-Russian forces in Donetsk are using outdated weapons, the British defence ministry said on Wednesday.
Pointing out that Russia has not released the overall military casualties in Ukraine since 25 Março, the MoD said: "Contudo, the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) publishes casualty figures for DPR forces. As of 16 Junho, the DPR acknowledged 2128 military personnel killed in action, e 8897 ferido, since the start of 2022.”
Adicionou: “The DPR casualty rate is equivalent to around 55 per cent of its original force, which highlights the extraordinary attrition Russian and pro-Russian forces are suffering in the Donbas”.
According to the British intelligence, it is “highly likely that DPR forces are equipped with outdated weapons and equipment”.
“On both sides, the ability to generate and deploy reserve units to the front is likely becoming increasingly critical to the outcome of the war,” the ministry said in its latest intelligence update.
From the front line in Ukraine, the ministry said that heavy shelling continues as “Russia pushes to envelop the Sieverodonetsk area via Izium in the north and Popasna in the south”.
“Russia is highly likely preparing to attempt to deploy a large number of reserve units to the Donbas,” the ministry said.
Ukraine set to become EU member on Thursday, diplomats say
Ukraine is likely to become an official member of the European Union bloc on Thursday, diplomats from the union and ministers said, in a symbolic move four months after it was invaded by Russia.
Officials from EU are set to sign off tomorrow, at a summit in Brussels, recommendations made by the European Commission last week.
Luxembourg’s foreign affairs minister Jean Asselborn, ahead of a meeting with other EU ministers, disse: “We are working towards the point where we tell [Russian President Vladimir] Putin that Ukraine belongs to Europe, that we will also defend the values that Ukraine defends.”
“There is not a single country which makes problems with the proposal. We will show great unanimity,” Mr Asselborn said.
According to several diplomats, no countries raised objections at a meeting of the bloc’s ambassadors earlier this week.
Russian attacks on Luhansk intensify: ‘Everything that can burn is on fire’
Officials in Ukraine’s eastern areas have said that the Russian attacks laid down a curtain of fire on Tuesday as it continues to increase its territorial control over the separatist territories.
“Today everything that can burn is on fire,” said Serhiy Haidai, governor of Ukraine‘s eastern Luhansk region.
Sievierodonetsk, the hot spot of intense military fighting, is being turned “into ruins”, the governor said.
He added that about 500 civilians are sheltering at the Azot chemical plant.
“It is a sheer catastrophe,” Mr Haidai said about the fighting around the plant.
“Our positions are being fired at from howitzers, multiple rocket launchers, large-caliber artillery, missile strikes," ele disse.
Ukraine fighting for modern weapons, EU candidacy, says Zelensky
Ukraine is fighting every day with Russian soldiers and is awaiting the supply of modern weapons, Volodymyr Zelensky said late on Tuesday.
He added that the lives of thousands in the war-battered country depends on the country’s allies.
“…And just as actively as we fight for a positive decision of the European Union on the candidacy for Ukraine, we fight every day for the supply of modern weapons for our country. We do not decrease our activity for a single day,” Mr Zelensky said.
Ele adicionou: “The lives of thousands of people depend directly on the speed of our partners – on the speed of implementation of their decisions to help Ukraine.”
He confirmed that the situation on battle lines has not changed significantly but added that the offensive is increasing in the separatist region of Donetsk.
“With the help of tactical moves, the Ukrainian army is strengthening its defense in the Luhansk region, which is really the toughest area right now. The occupiers are also putting serious pressure on the Donetsk direction. In the Kharkiv region there is brutal and cynical Russian artillery shelling,” Mr Zelensky said.
Ele adicionou: “It will not give anything to the occupiers, but the Russian army is deaf to any rationality. It simply destroys, simply kills – in this way it shows its command that it is not standing still.”
In the south, ele disse, Ukraine is defending Mykolaiv region, “our Zaporizhzhia, and gradually liberate the Kherson region”.
Lithuanians near Kaliningrad put faith in Nato after Russia’s threats
Russia’s threat to punish Lithuania over blocked rail shipments to Moscow’s enclave of Kaliningrad jangled nerves on Tuesday for residents living just across the border who put faith in Nato membership to thwart any potential military action.
Lithuania has shut the route for transport of steel and other ferrous metals, which it says it is required to do under EU sanctions that took effect on Saturday, raising the ire of Russian officials who threatened a “serious negative impact.”
Insurance worker Vitalijus Sidiskis, 59, said that while he believed it was difficult to predict what Russia might do, he would remain calm because of Lithuania’s membership in the European Union and Nato.
“Nothing bad will happen … because Lithuania is in Nato and in the European Union,” he told Reuters. “I don’t believe that they will be aggressively attacking us.”
Other residents in the border town of nearly 6,000 said the threats from Russia had overshadowed other problems, such as sky-high inflation that has hit the pocketbooks of many Lithuanians.
“We work nearby to the border and the shooting and the maneuvers are a bit worrying,” Galina Mateikuniene, a 52-year-old seamstress said. “We are probably more afraid of war, of an invasion. The economy is the economy.”