On June 1, Germany said it would supply Ukraine with modern anti-aircraft missile and radar systems. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz told lawmakers that the IRIS-T SLM missile Germany is expected to send is “the most modern air defense system Berlin has”.
“With this system, Ukraine will be able to protect the entire city from Russian attacks from above,” he said. He also said that Germany would provide Ukraine with radar systems to help locate enemy artillery.
Western weapons have been critical to Ukraine’s success in containing the Russian military, thwarting its initial efforts to capture the capital, Kiev, and forcing Moscow to shift its focus to the Donbass.
But amid protracted hostilities and Russia’s continued bombardment of towns, Ukraine must continue to call for more weapons to defend itself. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has sometimes criticized the West for being too slow to deliver weapons.
On May 31, Washington announced it would send a new aid package including helicopters, Javelin anti-tank weapons systems, tactical vehicles, spare parts and more to Ukraine.
The announcement came as the governor of the Donbass region said Russian forces now control 70% of Severodonetsk, the key city in Moscow’s new campaign in the Donbass region.
Serhiy Haidai, the governor of the Lugansk region, told the AP news agency that fighting was happening all over the city. Tens of thousands of people left the city, with about 13,000 remaining, although 90% of residential buildings were damaged.
He noted that the remaining city in the Lugansk region that had not been captured by the Russians, Lysychansk, remained “completely under Ukrainian control”. “If the Russians take full control of Sievierodonetsk within two to three days, they will begin to install artillery and mortars, thereby shelling Lysychansk more aggressively,” Haidai said.
In a Telegram post on June 1, Haidai noted that some Ukrainian troops had withdrawn from Severodonetsk. “The evacuation of civilians from the city has been halted. There is no possibility of humanitarian aid,” Haidai stressed.
According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, his country is losing between 60 and 100 soldiers a day in the fighting, about 500 others are injured.
On the evening of May 31, he told US TV channel Newsmax that “the most difficult situation is in eastern Ukraine, southern Donetsk and Lugansk”.
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