Ukraine’s Zelenskyy visits entrance strains in south as Russian forces pound strategically essential metropolis in east

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenksyy visited frontline cities alongside the Black Sea Saturday to satisfy with troopers and take heed to operational updates within the space. 

Zelenskyy donned his trademark khaki T-shirt as he handed out medals to troopers preventing to maintain Russian forces from invading the strategically important port cities of Mykolaiv and Odessa.

Russian officers have mentioned their goal is to realize full management over the jap and southern areas of Ukraine.

In this photo provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office on Saturday, June 18, 2022, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, right, awards a serviceman as he visits the war-hit Mykolaiv region.

On this photograph supplied by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Workplace on Saturday, June 18, 2022, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, proper, awards a serviceman as he visits the war-hit Mykolaiv area.
(Ukrainian Presidential Press Workplace by way of AP)

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Whereas Russian forces have made features within the east, Ukrainian troops have held them off from making the identical advances alongside the Black Sea, to this point. 

Russia has made makes an attempt for Ukraine’s shoreline because the invasion started practically 4 months in the past and the standoff that has since ensued within the Black Sea has created a worldwide meals disaster as grain exports stay holed up in Ukrainian storage amenities. 

In this photo provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office on Saturday, June 18, 2022, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy inspects damaged buildings as he visits the war-hit Mykolaiv region. 

On this photograph supplied by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Workplace on Saturday, June 18, 2022, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy inspects broken buildings as he visits the war-hit Mykolaiv area. 
(Ukrainian Presidential Press Workplace by way of AP)

Zelenskyy introduced awards to officers with the Ministry of Inside Affairs in Odessa for his or her “heroic” service and instructed them their continued survival was paramount for Ukraine’s success. 

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“It is important that you are alive. As long as you live, there is a strong Ukrainian wall that protects our country,” he added.

Whereas Ukrainian forces have held Russian troops at bay within the south, Moscow has made better advances within the jap Donbas area the place a brutal combat ensues within the strategically essential metropolis of Sievierodonetsk.

Almost 570 civilians stay holed up in a chemical plant within the western Luhansk metropolis as Russian forces combat to realize full management over it. 

It’s unclear what number of Ukrainian troops stay contained in the partially besieged metropolis, however officers are involved the brutal floor and air assault could possibly be a repeat of the catastrophic occasions that plagued Mariupol earlier within the battle. 

In this photo provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office on Saturday, June 18, 2022, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy attends meeting with military officials as he visits the war-hit Mykolaiv region. 

On this photograph supplied by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Workplace on Saturday, June 18, 2022, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy attends assembly with army officers as he visits the war-hit Mykolaiv area. 
(Ukrainian Presidential Press Workplace by way of AP)

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Russian forces have destroyed the final remaining bridge that related Sievierodonetsk with western components of Ukraine as they attempt to assert dominance over the Luhansk and Donetsk areas. 

If Russian forces are in a position to achieve management over Sievierodonetsk, they will extra simply push forces west into Ukraine and south to try to pinch the southern areas from a northern path. 

The UK’s protection ministry on Saturday mentioned that “In the last 48 hours, Russia has likely renewed its efforts to advance south of Izium, with the goal of advancing deeper into the Donetsk Oblast, and to envelop the Sieverodonetsk Pocket from the north.”

Russian forces have claimed they’re making an attempt to open up humanitarian corridors to permit civilians to depart, however Ukrainian and Western officers have warned that is yet one more try and forcibly deport Ukrainians into Russia the place some tens of 1000’s of Ukrainians have reportedly been despatched. 

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“Options to leave the town are limited by the destruction of bridges, but Russia’s proposed route would take them towards the town of Svatova, deeper inside Russian-occupied territory,” the UK protection ministry mentioned. 

The ministry additionally warned that if trapped civilians don’t use any hall obligatory to depart town “Russia will likely claim justification in making less of a distinction between them and any Ukrainian military targets in the area.”

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