Governor Serhiy Gaidai of Luhansk province in eastern Ukraine today warned that Russian troops are moving inside the city of Severodonetsk from the suburbs.
|The city of Severodonetsk has been regularly shelled in recent days|
Severodonetskthe largest city that Kyiv still controls in part in the Luhansk region of the region Donbasswas targeted by concentrated Russian forces during the operation military in eastern Ukraine in recent times.
“Unfortunately, we have disappointing news, the enemy is moving inside the city,” Gaidai said on television, according to Reuters. “The Russians are moving into the center of Severodonetsk. Fighting continued. The situation is very difficult,” Mr. Gaidai warned in a statement Social Networkaccording to AFP.
Mr. Gaidai confirmed that the neighboring city of Lysychansk was still under Ukrainian control, although the main road leading to the two cities had just been shelled, but not blocked.
|Russian troops enter the center of the last major city in Luhansk|
The Russian Defense Ministry said on May 30 that Russian forces shelled the Okean shipyard in the southern Ukrainian city of Mykolaiv, destroying many equipment and 15 tanks and armored vehicles, according to Sputnik.
In addition, the Russian Ministry of Defense posted a video showing the planes Su-25 attacked targets believed to be military vehicles and positions of Ukrainian forces.
According to Reuters citing a British Ministry of Defense report, Russia appears to have suffered significant losses of low- and mid-level officers during the operation in Ukraine, leading to the possibility of weakened military effectiveness in the near future.
Battalion and brigade commanders may be deployed to the most dangerous positions, while junior officers must lead low-level tactical actions, according to the report.
The Russian and Ukrainian sides have not commented on the damage information given by the other side.
|President Zelensky left Kyiv for the first time since the conflict broke out|
French Foreign Minister arrives in Kyiv
According to AFP, French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna arrived in Ukraine on May 30 for her first visit to the country.
France’s foreign ministry said Colonna will meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba in Kyvi to discuss supporting Ukraine in “all areas, especially the export of cereals and oilseeds. from Ukraine”.
Colonna’s visit demonstrates France’s solidarity with the Ukrainian people and aims to increase its humanitarian and financial support to the country and the provision of defense equipment.
Foreign Minister Colonna also visited Bucha and donating civilian security equipment, including fire engines and ambulances.
French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna visits a supposed mass grave in Bucha on May 30. AFP
|Another country sends self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine|
Regarding NATO’s move, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on May 30 affirmed NATO’s support for Ukraine is unbreakable and Russian President Vladimir Putin won’t hit the target in Ukraine.
“Supporting Ukraine with determination is the only way to ensure that Europe and world that we build has a sure future,” he said at an event to mark the 40th anniversary of Spain’s accession to NATO.
In another development, Reuters reported that former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who is being investigated for treason, was allowed to go abroad at a border crossing with Poland to attend a political meeting.
Poroshenko is under investigation for funding Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine through the sale of smuggled coal in 2014-2015. He denied all charges.
|Ukraine has received a total of 6.5 billion USD in aid from the West|