The UK will send long-range missiles to Ukraine despite Putin’s warning; Zelenskyy visits the fort affected Donbas

Heavy fighting continues around Severodonetsk in eastern Ukraine, according to the United Kingdom

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

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Heavy fighting continues around the controversial city of Severodonetsk in eastern Ukraine, the British Defense Ministry said in its daily intelligence update.

In addition, Russian forces continue to push toward Sloviansk as part of their attempt to encircle Ukrainian forces, the ministry said.

It is likely that Russian forces have also moved various air defense assets to Snake Island, west of the Black Sea, in order to protect their ships operating in the area, according to the ministry. This follows the loss of the flagship Moskva in April.

“Russia’s activity on Snake Island contributes to the blockade of the Ukrainian coast and hinders the resumption of maritime trade, including Ukrainian grain exports,” the UK said.

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Zelenskyy visits the front lines despite heavy fighting

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

Zelenskyy went to Lysychansk and Soledar in eastern Ukraine, where Russia is using indiscriminate rocket and artillery attacks on large areas. The cities are located in Luhansk and Donetsk, respectively.

The President of Ukraine visited Zaporizhzhia earlier, Sky said. This city is located on the Dnipro River, near the southern front in front of Russian troops.

The video circulating on Twitter claimed that Zelenskyy was visiting positions near Lysychansk, where he praised Ukrainian soldiers.

CNBC was unable to confirm the veracity of this video.

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The United Kingdom will supply Ukraine with multi-launch rocket systems

A M270 MLRS heavy rocket launcher on May 23, 2022. Britain is sending multi-launch rocket systems to Ukraine that can hit targets up to 50 miles away, in a coordinated response with the US to the invasion of Russia. Reuters reported.

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The United Kingdom is sending multi-launch rocket systems to Ukraine that could hit targets up to 50 miles away, in a coordinated US response to the Russian invasion, Reuters reported.

“These high-capacity multi-launch rocket systems will allow our Ukrainian friends to better protect themselves from the brutal use of long-range artillery, which Putin’s forces (Russian President Vladimir) have used indiscriminately to flatten cities, “said Secretary of Defense Ben Wallace. a statement, according to Reuters.

The United States also said last week that it is supplying high-mobility artillery rocket systems to Ukraine. HIMARS rockets can travel more than 43 miles, according to the U.S. military.

The UK has said Ukrainian forces will be trained on how to use the new systems in the UK, according to Reuters.

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About 800 people are hiding in air raid shelters under the Severodonetsk chemical plant, according to the regional governor.

People from Severodonetsk are seen in a van that will take them to Kramatorsk. Severodonetsk, the largest Ukrainian-controlled city in Luhansk province, has suffered heavy artillery and missile attacks by the Russian army.

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About 800 people are hiding in various air raid shelters under the Azot chemical plant in Severodonetsk, the head of the Luhansk region’s military administration told CNN.

“There are local people there who were asked to leave the city,” Serhiy Haidai told reporters. “But they refused. There are children too, but not many.”

NBC News could not immediately verify the claims.

Ukrainian regional officials later said Russian forces fired on the Nitrogen factory and hit an administrative building and a warehouse where methanol was stored, CNN reported.

Severodonetsk is now split between Russian and Ukrainian control, Haidai said, according to a translation by NBC News.

– Jessica Bursztynsky

Sunday, June 5, 2022 at 10:50 PM EDT

Several explosions affected the capital of Ukraine Kyiv, says the mayor

Several explosions were heard in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, after the missile attacks on the infrastructure, said the mayor of the city, according to a translation of NBC News.

Mayor Vitaliy Klychko said a person had been sent to hospital and services were already working at the affected sites.

The mayor of another city in the region, Brovary, also urged residents to stay calm and in safe places following reports of enemy fire in the area.

CNBC could not confirm the report. Military developments on the ground remain difficult to confirm in a rapidly changing situation.

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Putin warns the West not to send long-range missiles, it will attack harder

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

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued a widespread warning to the West that his army will attack new targets if the United States begins supplying longer-range missiles to Ukraine, TASS news agency reported.

Putin said in an interview with Russia-1 television that if these weapons are provided, “We will draw the relevant conclusions and take our own means of attack, which, for the purpose of hitting objects that we have not been hitting. “So far, we have had enough.”

Putin did not explain what targets he would try to attack.

Ukrainian officials have been calling on the West for weeks to send advanced and long-range rocket systems to help them in the war. Washington officials have had to weigh the benefits of sending weapons at the risk of causing Putin to commit more atrocities.

President Joe Biden said in a New York Times opinion piece last Thursday that the United States would provide Ukraine with more advanced rocket and ammunition systems.

– Jessica Bursztynsky

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