The regional governor said Ukrainian forces were trying to resist during intense street fighting in the eastern city of Severodonetsk, and they were facing a severe shortage of artillery.
The battle between the ruins of Severodonetsk, a small industrial city, has become one of the fiercest battles in recent days between two Russian-Ukrainian forces. Both sides admitted to causing heavy casualties.
Meanwhile, the TASS news agency reported that one of two breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine recognized by Moscow said it would soon begin shipments of grain to Russia by rail, with grain deliveries coming soon. which their army had “liberated”.
Yuri Pronko, agriculture minister of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic, said that so far, grain has been transported by trucks in relatively small quantities.
“Tomorrow is a historic moment – the first grain trucks will arrive in Russia, 50 wagons, more than 3,000 tons.” TASS quoted Mr. Pronko as saying on June 9.
Also in the eastern region, Ukrainian President Zelensky on June 9 recorded “positive” news from the Southeast region of Zaporizhzhia. He said Ukrainian forces here are trying to stop the Russian army.
In addition, Zelensky also said that Ukrainian forces are gradually advancing in the Kharkov region, east of Kiev and “liberating our land”.
In the latest development, Zelensky spoke with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron and provided him with an update on the situation on the front lines.
According to the Ukrainian president, the two leaders also discussed additional defense assistance to Ukraine. “Especially on the Ukrainian road to the EU, we are coordinating the process,” Zelensky wrote on Twitter.
The President of Ukraine continued to call on European Union leaders to support Ukraine’s membership in the bloc.
“Most Europeans support the integration of Ukraine. If so, politicians still have doubts in some countries that they should not put themselves against the people, society and the historical process itself in Europe.”he said.
European heads of state and governments are expected to consider Kiev’s EU candidacy at the end of June. The European Parliament has passed a resolution in favor of making Ukraine a candidate for membership. .
Phuong Anh(Source: Al Jazeera)
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