Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy stated 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 stated, praising its accuracy.
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The Ukrainian navy has inflicted “very noticeable blows on warehouses and different factors which are essential for the logistics of the occupiers,” he stated. “And this considerably reduces the offensive potential of the Russian Military.”
Ukrainian forces are presently advancing in a number of instructions, together with within the south within the areas of Kherson and Zaporizhzhya, he stated.
“We’re preventing for our total south, for the complete Ukrainian Donbas,” he stated, 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 suppose that their time on this land is lengthy, and the prevalence of their artillery is everlasting,” Zelenskiy stated.
Ukrainian International Minister Dmytro Kuleba stated on Twitter that he spoke with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on July 6, and so they “coordinated steps to speed up the supply of heavy weapons from the U.S. and different companions.”
Kuleba stated he had a comparable dialog with German International Minister Annalena Baerbock by which he emphasised the pressing want to extend provides of German self-propelled howitzers and multiple-launch rocket methods (MLRS) to Ukraine.
Ukrainian officers earlier referred to as on civilians to urgently evacuate 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, stated in a Telegram put up 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 latest days, with no less than two folks killed and 7 others wounded in an assault on a market on July 5, officers stated.
“Russia has turned the complete Donetsk area right into a sizzling spot the place it’s harmful to stay a civilian,” Kyrylenko stated on Telegram. “I name on everybody to evacuate. Evacuation saves lives.”
Moscow-backed separatists within the area stated 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 stated that “there’s a reasonable chance that the battle for [Slovyansk] would be the subsequent key contest within the battle for the Donbas.”
“Russian forces from the Jap and Western Teams of Forces are doubtless now round 16 km north from the city of [Slovyansk],” the intelligence report stated.
Talking on July 6, officers stated Ukraine had to this point 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 stated 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 town had been shelled for the final two weeks.
“The scenario is tense,” he stated.
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 methods to shell town, which has shed about half of its prewar inhabitants of half one million folks, he stated.
“There aren’t any secure areas in Mykolayiv,” he stated. “I’m telling the folks of 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 stated on July 6 on Telegram.
Three districts of town have been focused, Oleh Synyehubov stated. Three folks, together with a toddler, sustained accidents, he added.
Russia’s Protection Ministry stated its forces killed as much as 100 Ukrainian troops and destroyed 4 armored autos in Kharkiv, and within the Mykolayiv area struck a Ukrainian air-defense radar and a camp housing international fighters.
Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov stated air-launched high-precision missiles additionally destroyed two HIMARS multiple-launch rocket methods despatched by the USA together with ammunition for the methods. The Ukrainian navy denied Moscow’s claims.
Zelenskiy, talking at a briefing in Kyiv with visiting Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin, stated the phrases of how the warfare will finish rely upon worldwide sanctions strain on Russia and the availability of weapons to Ukraine.
He stated the reply to how lengthy the warfare will final depends upon “how rapidly we are able to make Russia take into consideration peace as a result of we imagine that they haven’t even begun to consider it.”
Russia has but to really feel the results 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 help and help to the nation along with well being gear and medical donations price greater than 4.5 million euros.
With reporting by AFP, Reuters, AP, and TASS