Ukraine’s troopers stay within the Azot chemical plant in Severodonetsk regardless of Russia’s ultimatum they lay down arms on Wednesday.
- US President Joe Biden says Washington will present an extra $1bn in safety help to Ukraine
- The Russian navy says it destroyed a depot within the western Lviv area the place ammunition for NATO-supplied weapons was saved.
- German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, French President Emmanuel Macron, and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi are anticipated to go to Kyiv Thursday.
- Ukrainian fighters contained in the Severodonetsk Azot chemical plant have ignored a Russian ultimatum to give up.
- Russia’s defence ministry has accused Ukrainian forces of disrupting efforts to permit civilians to flee the chemical plant on Wednesday.
Listed below are the most recent updates:
No fast want for extra Ukraine assist from Congress: White Home
The White Home doesn’t imagine it at present wants an extra Ukraine assist bundle from Congress after simply tapping a not too long ago accepted $40 billion measure.
“I don’t assume we’re there but,” John Kirby, Nationwide Safety Council coordinator for strategic communications, instructed reporters on Wednesday.
Russia’s first deputy PM says rouble overvalued: Tass
Russian first Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov says the rouble is overvalued and business can be extra snug if it fell to between 70 to 80 towards the US greenback from the present 57, the Tass information company has mentioned.
Belousov, talking to the company in an interview, mentioned year-on-year Russian inflation by the top of the yr can be someplace round 15 p.c. As of June 10 it was 16.69 p.c.
NATO weapons depot destroyed close to Poland border: Russia
The Russian navy mentioned it used long-range missiles to destroy a depot within the western Lviv area of Ukraine the place ammunition for NATO-supplied weapons was saved.
Close to the border with NATO-member Poland, Russian forces used high-precision Kalibr missiles to destroy the depot close to the city of Zolochiv, Russian defence ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov mentioned.
Konashenkov mentioned shells for M777 howitzers, a sort provided by the US, have been saved there. He mentioned 4 howitzers have been destroyed elsewhere and Russian air strikes additionally destroyed Ukrainian “aviation tools” at a navy aerodrome within the southern Mykolaiv area.
Ukrainian officers didn’t instantly remark.
German, French, Italian leaders anticipated in Kyiv to sign solidarity
The leaders of the European Union’s three greatest nations, Germany, France and Italy, are anticipated in Kyiv on Thursday to indicate their backing for Ukraine.
The go to by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, French President Emmanuel Macron, and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi has taken weeks to organise with the three trying to overcome criticism inside Ukraine over their response to the conflict.
“We’re at a degree when we have to ship clear political indicators, us Europeans, in the direction of Ukraine and its folks when it’s resisting heroically,” mentioned Macron, with out giving particulars.
The journey, which has not been introduced for safety causes, comes a day earlier than the European Fee makes a suggestion on Ukraine’s standing as an EU candidate, one thing the largest European nations have been lukewarm about.
Ukraine ignores Severodonetsk ultimatum to give up
Ukraine ignored a Russian ultimatum to give up the japanese metropolis of Severodonetsk, which now largely lies in ruins after weeks of heavy bombardment.
Russia instructed Ukrainian forces holed up in a chemical plant there to put down their arms. Ukraine says greater than 500 civilians, together with 40 kids, stay alongside troopers contained in the Azot chemical manufacturing unit.
Moscow mentioned it opened a humanitarian hall from Azot to permit civilians to flee to Russian-controlled territory. It accused Ukraine’s forces of disrupting that plan and utilizing civilians as human shields, which Kyiv denied.
West should keep centered on Ukraine: Pentagon chief
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was at a “pivotal” second and the US and its allies can not not lose deal with the three-month-long battle, US Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin has mentioned.
Austin was talking at a gathering of dozens of defence ministers on the sidelines of a NATO ministerial gathering.
“We will’t afford to let up and we are able to’t lose steam. The stakes are too excessive,” Austin mentioned initially of the assembly in Brussels. “Ukraine is dealing with a pivotal second on the battlefield … Russia is utilizing its long-range fires to attempt to overwhelm Ukrainian positions.”
.@SecDef: I am personally grateful for the numerous safety help that this [Ukraine Defense Contact Group] has offered so far, however we will not afford to let up and we will not lose steam. The stakes are too excessive. pic.twitter.com/xlpSuLTrLO
— Division of Protection 🇺🇸 (@DeptofDefense) June 15, 2022
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