Ukraine and Russia held the 11th prisoner exchange, reported Mykolaiv Governor Vitaliy Kim. Among the released was the Head of Shevchenkove community, Mykolaiv region, who was detained by Russian forces for two months while delivering bread with volunteers.
The Leaders of the Political Groups of the European Parliament called on the heads of EU member states to decide on granting Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia the status of a candidate for EU membership at the summit in Brussels on June 23-24. Meanwhile, Olha Stefanyshyna, Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, says there are three countries in the EU block that are opposing the EU candidate status for Ukraine, without mentioning their names.
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Ukrainian forces have recaptured around 20% of the territory they lost in the city of Severodonetsk, Luhansk region, during fighting with Russia, reports the head of the eastern region of Luhansk.
The Ministry of Defense of UK indicates Russia’s capture of Lyman supports its operational main effort, which likely remains the encirclement of Severodonetsk and the closure of the pocket around Ukrainian forces in Luhansk region. Overall military goal of Russia is to take full control of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions. The Russian military shelled an officially approved armored evacuation vehicle in the Luhansk region, killing a French journalist and halting the evacuation of ten people. Heavy shelling in the Donetsk region damaged a branch of the ammonia pipeline. A cloud of toxic gas has affected several villages, thus the authorities urged people to seek shelter and use all the necessary precautions. The Russians continue shelling border districts of the Sumy region.
Sumy and Chernihiv regions remain the target for the Russian army. On Sunday, Russian forces fired 10 times at border areas there from the territory of Russia. Over the weekend, Russian aircraft bombed a church and a kindergarten in Sumy region. Russian forces shelled a Mykolaiv residential district, damaging 3 apartment blocks.
The Russians are storming Ukrainian positions in several directions at the same time, said Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malyar. Russian forces shelled residential areas of Kharkiv.
The Russian war against Ukraine enters its fourth month.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy reported that the situation in Donbas is extremely difficult as the Russian army continues its attempt to advance on Sloviansk and Sievierodonetsk. Over the weekend, the Russians fired at a music school in Svyatogorsk in the Donetsk region.