Russian forces advance in factory city, US to send precision rockets to Ukraine

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Russian forces advance in factory city, US to send precision rockets to Ukraine

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Russian forces advance in factory city, US to send precision rockets to Ukraine

KYIV: Russian forces on Wednesday (Jun 1) pressed closer to the centre of an industrial city in a drive to grab a swathe of eastern Ukraine, while the United States said it would supply advan

According to provincial governor Serhiy Gaidai, a Russian air strike hit the Azot chemical factory in Sievierodonetsk on Tuesday, blowing up a tank of toxic nitric acid and releasing a plume of pink smoke. He urged residents to remain inside.would supply precision rocket systems and munitions

A Biden administration official said the new supplies - which comes on top of billions of dollars worth of equipment such as drones and anti-aircraft missiles - included the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), which Kyiv has said is"crucial" to counter Russian missile attacks.

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pressed closer to the centre of an industrial city in a drive to grab a swathe of eastern Ukraine, while the United States said it would supply advanced rockets to Kyiv to help push Moscow to negotiate an end to the war.LinkedIn MADRID: The latest European Union sanctions on Russia, which ban most imports of its oil, are"not enough" and the pace of sanctions so far has been too slow, a senior official in the Ukrainian president's office said in a speech in Madrid on Tuesday (May 31).LinkedIn KYIV: Ukraine said on Tuesday (May 31) that Russia had taken control of most of the eastern industrial city of Sievierodonetsk, a bombed-out wasteland whose capture Moscow has made the principal objective of its invasion.Russia's all-out assault on the city in Ukraine's Luhansk province has been met by tough resistance from Ukrainian forces.

Ukraine's General Staff said Russian forces, now 98 days into their invasion, pounded infrastructure in eastern and southern regions, including the city of Sievierodonetsk, which they entered on May 27 and is the main focus of their ground offensive in the eastern Donbas region. According to provincial governor Serhiy Gaidai, a Russian air strike hit the Azot chemical factory in Sievierodonetsk on Tuesday, blowing up a tank of toxic nitric acid and releasing a plume of pink smoke. "If you ask me, I would say far too slow, far too late and definitely not enough," Ihor Zhovkva, deputy head of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's office, said. He urged residents to remain inside. After failing to capture the Ukrainian capital Kyiv and being driven out of northern Ukraine, a Russian victory in Sievierodonetsk and across the Siverskyi Donets river in Lysychansk would bring full control of Luhansk, one of two eastern provinces Moscow claims on behalf of separatists. Reuters could not independently confirm the cause of the incident. "We are definitely not satisfied," Zhovkva said in response to a question after his speech. US President Joe Biden said Washington would supply precision rocket systems and munitions as part of a US$700 million weapons package expected to be formally announced on Wednesday. "Most of Sievierodonetsk is under the control of the Russians.

"We have moved quickly to send Ukraine a significant amount of weaponry and ammunition so it can fight on the battlefield and be in the strongest possible position at the negotiating table," Biden wrote in the New York Times."We believe in promises. "Most of Sievierodonetsk is under the control of the Russians. A Biden administration official said the new supplies - which comes on top of billions of dollars worth of equipment such as drones and anti-aircraft missiles - included the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), which Kyiv has said is"crucial" to counter Russian missile attacks. Related: Amid concerns that such weapons could draw the United States into direct conflict, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that Ukraine has promised Washington it will not use the rocket systems to hit targets inside Russia. Russia, however, warned of an increased risk of direct confrontation with the United States. A pro-Moscow separatist leader said that fighting was raging in the city but that Russian proxies had advanced slower than expected to"maintain the city's infrastructure" and exercise caution around its chemical factories. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, speaking in Saudi Arabia, said the supply of the rocket launchers raised the risks of a"third country" being dragged into the conflict. Mr Gaidai warned Sievierodonetsk residents not to leave bomb shelters due to what he said was a Russian air strike on a nitric acid tank.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said such supplies would not encourage Ukraine's leadership to resume stalled peace talks. "We believe that the United States is purposefully and diligently adding fuel to the fire," Peskov said. The Luhansk People's Republic's police force said Ukraine's forces had damaged it. NUCLEAR FORCES Shortly after the US decision was announced, the Russian defence ministry said Russia's nuclear forces were holding drills in the Ivanovo province, northeast of Moscow, the Interfax news agency reported. The report did not mention the US decision. Russia has also completed testing its hypersonic Zircon cruise missile and will deploy it by the end of the year on a new frigate of its Northern Fleet, a senior military officer said on Wednesday. He is wrong," the Washington-based Institute for the Study of War wrote this week. Thousands of residents remain trapped in the city.

Ukraine's General Staff said Russian forces continued to pound northern, southern and eastern districts of Sievierodonetsk. A Ukrainian serviceman walks as seeds burn in a grain silos after it was shelled repeatedly, amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine, in Donetsk region, Ukraine May 31, 2022. REUTERS/Serhii Nuzhnenko If Russia captures the city and its smaller twin Lysychansk on the west bank of the Siverskyi Donets river, it will hold all of Luhansk, one of two provinces in the Donbas that Moscow claims on behalf of separatists and a key war aim of President Vladimir Putin. Russia's advance could force Ukrainian troops to retreat across the river to Lysychansk, he added. Ukrainian forces now control just 20 per cent of Sievierodonetsk, Russian forces 60 per cent and the rest has become a"no-man's land", Oleksandr Stryuk, the Ukrainian head of the city administration, told Reuters. "The 20 per cent is being fiercely defended by our armed forces . "The near-constant bombardment is forcing civilians to seek refuge in bomb shelters and basements, with only few precious opportunities for those trying to escape," he said.

. (Photo: Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via REUTERS) A view of a destroyed meat production facility in the aftermath of an attack, as Russia's invasion of Ukraine continues, at a location given as Mykolaiv, Ukraine, in this still image obtained from a handout video released May 30, 2022.. Attempts are being made to drive out the Russian troops .. Up to 12,000 civilians remain caught in crossfire, without sufficient access to water, food, medicine or electricity, Egeland said.. Mobile and internet access in Kherson were shut down on Tuesday, Ukrainian officials said, blaming Russia for disconnecting cables.

We have hope that despite everything we will free the city .. There were few reports of major shifts elsewhere on the battlefield..," Stryuk said. Governor Gaidai said Lysychansk was easier to defend as it is located on a hill but Russian forces would target it with artillery and mortars once in full control of Sievierodonetsk. OIL BAN cut imports of Russian oil , widened its gas cuts to Europe in a move that pushed up prices and ratcheted up its economic battle with Brussels. United States (US) President Joe Biden and his top aides are in the final stages of preparing a new weapons package for Ukraine with an announcement expected soon, possibly as early as Wednesday.

The leader of the pro-Moscow Luhansk People's Republic, Leonid Pasechnik, told TASS news agency Russian proxies had advanced slower than expected to safeguard city infrastructure and"exercise caution around its chemical factories". Jan Egeland, head of the Norwegian Refugee Council aid agency which had long operated out of Sievierodonetsk, said up to 12,000 civilians remain trapped in the crossfire, without sufficient access to water, food, medicine or electricity. Before the war, the city was home to around 120,000 people. Related: Senior Ukraine official says EU sanctions on Russia still 'not enough' The EU said it will ban imports of Russian oil by sea. WEAPONS PACKAGE The new US package includes ammunition, counter fire radars, air surveillance radars, additional Javelin anti-tank missiles and anti-armour weapons, officials said. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Wednesday Berlin would supply Kyiv with its IRIS-T medium-range surface-to-air defence system . Mr Putin launched his"special operation" in February to disarm and"denazify" Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has called for more weapons while lambasting the European Union, which agreed on Monday to cut imports of Russian oil, for not sanctioning energy from Russia sooner. Putin launched his"special operation" in February to disarm and"denazify" Ukraine. The EU will ban imports of Russian oil by sea. Officials said that would halt two-thirds of Russia's oil exports to Europe at first, and 90 per cent by the end of this year. Responding to the EU oil embargo, Russia widened its gas cuts to Europe, driving prices higher and ratcheting up its economic battle with Brussels. Russia denies the accusations. Moscow said on Wednesday it could re-route oil exports to limit its losses. REUTERS Related topics.

The war has also disrupted Ukraine's exports of wheat and other commodities, hitting consumers with higher food prices especially in the world's poorest countries. Pope Francis appealed for all blockades on wheat exports from Ukraine to be lifted, saying grain should not be used as a"weapon of war" . Putin launched what he calls a special military operation on Feb 24 to disarm and"denazify" Ukraine. Ukraine and its Western allies call this a baseless pretext for a war of aggression. Source: Reuters/ec .