Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy mentioned in a video message late on July 6 that artillery that Ukraine has acquired from Western companions has had an impact on the battlefield.
“Lastly, it’s felt that the Western artillery — the weapons we acquired from our companions — has labored very powerfully,” he mentioned, praising its accuracy.
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The Ukrainian navy has inflicted “very noticeable blows on warehouses and different factors which might be essential for the logistics of the occupiers,” he mentioned. “And this considerably reduces the offensive potential of the Russian Military.”
Ukrainian forces are at the moment advancing in a number of instructions, together with within the south within the areas of Kherson and Zaporizhzhya, he mentioned.
“We’re preventing for our complete south, for the whole Ukrainian Donbas,” he mentioned, noting a “most brutal confrontation” close to Slovyansk and Bakhmut and including that Ukrainian forces are also preventing for the Kharkiv area.
“Let the occupiers not assume that their time on this land is lengthy, and the prevalence of their artillery is everlasting,” Zelenskiy mentioned.
Ukrainian Overseas Minister Dmytro Kuleba mentioned on Twitter that he spoke with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on July 6, they usually “coordinated steps to speed up the supply of heavy weapons from the U.S. and different companions.”
Kuleba mentioned he had a related dialog with German Overseas Minister Annalena Baerbock through which he emphasised the pressing want to extend provides of German self-propelled howitzers and multiple-launch rocket techniques (MLRS) to Ukraine.
Ukrainian officers earlier referred to as on civilians to urgently evacuate the town of Slovyansk and different elements of the Donetsk area as Russia escalates its offensive within the east.
Pavlo Kyrylenko, head of the Donetsk regional navy administration, mentioned in a Telegram publish that two folks died within the metropolis of Avdyivka, which is north of the regional capital.
The Donetsk cities of Slovyansk, Krasnohorivka, and Kurakhove every reported one civilian killed on July 6.
Slovyansk has been subjected to “large” Russian bombardment in current days, with at the very least two folks killed and 7 others wounded in an assault on a market on July 5, officers mentioned.
“Russia has turned the whole Donetsk area right into a sizzling spot the place it’s harmful to stay a civilian,” Kyrylenko mentioned on Telegram. “I name on everybody to evacuate. Evacuation saves lives.”
Moscow-backed separatists within the area mentioned assaults by Ukrainian forces killed 4 civilians. The claims couldn’t be independently verified.
An intelligence report from the British Protection Ministry on July 6 mentioned that “there’s a sensible chance that the battle for [Slovyansk] would be the subsequent key contest within the battle for the Donbas.”
“Russian forces from the Japanese and Western Teams of Forces are seemingly now round 16 km north from the city of [Slovyansk],” the intelligence report mentioned.
Talking on July 6, officers mentioned Ukraine had to date thwarted an tried Russian advance into the north of the Donetsk area. Russia-backed separatists and Russian forces are already accountable for the southern a part of the Donetsk area.
“We’re holding again the enemy on the border of Luhansk area and Donetsk area,” Luhansk regional governor Serhiy Hayday advised Ukrainian tv.
He mentioned Russian common military and reserve forces had been despatched there in an obvious effort to cross the Siverskiy Donets River and that two small settlements simply inside Luhansk’s borders have been the scene of fierce preventing.
“Luhansk area even now’s preventing. Nearly all of the territory has been captured, however in two settlements preventing is ongoing” he advised a video briefing.
Vadym Lyakh, the mayor of Slovyansk, advised a video briefing on July 6 that the town had been shelled for the final two weeks.
“The scenario is tense,” he mentioned.
The southern port metropolis of Mykolayiv was additionally being closely shelled, Oleksandr Senkevych, its mayor, advised a briefing. Russian forces have been utilizing multiple-launch rocket techniques to shell the town, which has shed about half of its prewar inhabitants of half one million folks, he mentioned.
“There are not any secure areas in Mykolayiv,” he mentioned. “I’m telling the folks of the town that they should go away.”
To the north of Donetsk, Russian forces additionally hit Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest metropolis, with missile strikes in a single day, the regional governor mentioned on July 6 on Telegram.
Three districts of the town have been focused, Oleh Synyehubov mentioned. Three folks, together with a toddler, sustained accidents, he added.
Russia’s Protection Ministry mentioned its forces killed as much as 100 Ukrainian troops and destroyed 4 armored automobiles in Kharkiv, and within the Mykolayiv area struck a Ukrainian air-defense radar and a camp housing overseas fighters.
Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov mentioned air-launched high-precision missiles additionally destroyed two HIMARS multiple-launch rocket techniques despatched by the USA together with ammunition for the techniques. The Ukrainian navy denied Moscow’s claims.
Zelenskiy, talking at a briefing in Kyiv with visiting Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin, mentioned the phrases of how the battle will finish depend upon worldwide sanctions strain on Russia and the availability of weapons to Ukraine.
He mentioned the reply to how lengthy the battle will final relies on “how shortly we will make Russia take into consideration peace as a result of we consider that they haven’t even begun to consider it.”
Russia has but to really feel the consequences of highly effective sanctions partially as a result of “sadly, there are nonetheless some allies who assist the Russian Federation or their enterprise,” he added.
Martin used the go to to restate Eire’s full backing for continued sanctions in opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime and for Ukraine’s path to membership within the European Union.
“I’m grateful that Eire stands by our aspect on this essential time for our nation,” Zelenskiy advised Martin.
Eire has taken in additional than 36,000 Ukrainian refugees and has given 20 million euros ($20.4 million) in humanitarian assist and help to the nation along with well being tools and medical donations value greater than 4.5 million euros.
With reporting by AFP, Reuters, AP, and TASS