Bitter preventing raged in Sievierodonetsk however Ukraine remained accountable for an industrial space and chemical plant within the jap metropolis the place tons of of civilians are sheltering from incessant Russian shelling, the area’s governor stated. FIGHTING * President Volodomyr Zelenskiy stated Ukraine’s army was step by step liberating territory additional west within the Kherson area and had some successes in Zaporizhzhia, too. * Luhansk Governor Serhiy Gaidai conceded Russian forces had taken most of Sievierodonetsk however stated the Azot plant was not being blockaded. He additionally stated Russian shelling had ignited an enormous fireplace on the plant after an oil leak. * Along with saying 300-400 Ukrainian fighters have been blockaded within the plant, separatist Rodion Miroshnik stated Ukrainian forces could also be holding a number of hundred civilians “hostage.” * In neighboring Donetsk province, Russian information company RIA reported an enormous cloud of smoke after an explosion in Avdiivka, a metropolis which homes one other chemical plant. Reuters was unable to right away to substantiate the report. * Southwest of Sievierodonetsk, Russian forces have been firing mortars and artillery round various settlements, in response to Ukraine’s common employees. However it stated Ukrainian forces had repulsed Russian makes an attempt to advance in the direction of some communities. DIPLOMACY * Germany’s Bild am Sonntag newspaper reported that German Chancellor Olaf Scholz will journey to Kyiv with French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi earlier than the G7 summit on the finish of June. * European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen stated the EU government’s opinion on Ukraine’s request to affix the European Union can be prepared within the coming week.

QUOTES “Nobody can say whether or not and what number of victims there have been within the final 24 hours in Sievierodonetsk, the place intense preventing continues,” Gaidai stated on the Telegram messaging app. “Everybody needs to evacuate now, most likely, however to date there isn’t any such risk,”

(Compiled by Kim Coghill and Frances Kerry)

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