Russia says it destroyed depot with Western weapons in Ukraine

KYIV, June 12 (Reuters) – Russian forces fired cruise missiles to destroy a big depot containing U.S. and European weapons in western Ukraine’s Ternopil area, Interfax reported on Sunday, as road combating raged within the jap metropolis of Sievierodonetsk.

The governor of the Ternopil area stated a rocket assault on town of Chortkiv fired from the Black Sea had partly destroyed a army facility, injuring 22 individuals. A neighborhood official stated there have been no weapons saved there.

Reuters couldn’t independently affirm the differing accounts.

Moscow has repeatedly slammed america and different nations for supplying Ukraine with weapons. President Vladimir Putin stated earlier this month that Russia would strike new targets if the West equipped longer-range missiles to Ukraine to be used in high-precision cell rocket techniques.

Ukrainian leaders have renewed pleas to Western nations in latest days to hurry up deliveries of heavy weapons as Russian forces pound the east of the nation with artillery.

Sievierodonetsk has grow to be epicentre of the battle for management over the industrialised Donbas area within the east, made up of Luhansk and Donetsk provinces. Elements of town have been pulverised in a number of the bloodiest combating since Moscow started its invasion on Feb. 24.

Luhansk Governor Serhiy Gaidai stated on Sunday that Ukrainian and Russian forces have been nonetheless combating road by road in Sievierodonetsk. He stated that whereas Russian forces have taken a lot of the metropolis, Ukrainian troops stay accountable for an industrial space and chemical plant the place a whole lot of civilians are sheltering.

After being pressured to cut back its preliminary marketing campaign objectives Moscow has turned to increasing management within the Donbas, the place pro-Russian separatists have held a swath of territory since 2014.

Ukraine has stated some 800 individuals have been hiding in bomb shelters below the Azot plant, together with staff and metropolis residents.

“Nobody can say whether or not and what number of victims there have been within the final 24 hours in Sievierodonetsk, the place intense combating continues,” Gaidai stated on the Telegram messaging app on Sunday.

“Everybody desires to evacuate now, in all probability, however to date there isn’t any such chance,”

In Lysychansk – Sievierodonetsk’s twin metropolis throughout the Donets River – a girl was killed in Russian shelling whereas 4 homes and a buying centre have been destroyed, Gaidai stated.

To the south and southwest of Sievierodonetsk, Russian forces have been firing mortars and artillery round plenty of settlements, in response to a every day replace from Ukraine’s basic workers. However it stated Ukrainian forces had repulsed Russian makes an attempt to advance in the direction of some communities.

Reuters couldn’t independently confirm the battlefield reviews.

Ukrainian forces have confirmed extra resilient than anticipated, however the U.S.-based Institute for the Examine of Warfare stated that as they use the final of their shares of Soviet-era weapons and munitions, they are going to require constant Western help.

The Interfax report on Sunday stated Russian forces had used Kalibr cruise missiles to assault the big depot. It additionally stated Russian forces had shot down three Ukrainian SU-25 fighter jets close to Donetsk and Kharkiv in jap Ukraine.

Russian authorities have began handing out Russian passports in two occupied Ukrainian cities – Kherson and Melitopol, Russian information companies stated. It was not recognized what number of have been distributed.

Putin calls the invasion a “particular army operation” to disarm and “denazify” Ukraine. Kyiv and its allies name it an unprovoked battle of aggression to seize territory.

Ukraine has sought to deepen its ties with the West on account of the battle. European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen stated on Saturday the European Union govt’s opinion on Ukraine’s request to hitch the EU can be prepared within the coming week.

All 27 EU governments must comply with grant Ukraine candidate standing, after which there can be in depth talks on reforms required earlier than the nation may very well be thought of for membership.

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