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Ukraine: Russia Captures Key Eastern City of Sievierodonetsk, Hits Kyiv With Multiple Missile Strikes

Ukraine: Russia Captures Key Eastern City of Sievierodonetsk, Hits Kyiv With Multiple Missile Strikes

British Military Intel: “Russia’s capture of the city is a significant achievement within this reduced objective.”

Russian military has captured the Ukrainian city of Sievierodonetsk in what would be the biggest gain for the invading forces since the fall of Mariupol last month.

“Russian forces fully occupied the eastern Ukrainian city of Sievierodonetsk on Saturday, both sides said, confirming Kyiv’s biggest battlefield setback for more than a month following weeks of some of the war’s bloodiest fighting,” the Reuters reported Sunday.

The UK military intelligence called the capture of Sievierodonetsk is a ‘significant achievement’ for Russia in the east. “Russia’s capture of the city is a significant achievement within this reduced objective. The settlement was a major industrial centre and it occupies a strategic position on the Siverskyi Donets River,” the Britain’s Ministry of Defense said in a statement on Sunday.

The Sky News reported the fall of the strategic eastern Ukrainian city:

The Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk is now under the “full occupation” of Russian forces following a weeks-long battle.

Mayor Oleksand Stryuk said on national television: “The city is now under the full occupation of Russia. They are trying to establish their own order, as far as I know they have appointed some kind of commandant.”

Russia’s Interfax news agency also cited the defence ministry as saying the city in the Luhansk was now under full control of Russian forces.

The latest gain brings Moscow closer to its declared objective of occupying the entire Donbas, the southeastern part of Ukraine.

Multiple Missile Strike Hit Kyiv, Other Cities

Amid the news of Ukrainian territorial losses in the east, the Russian forces hit capital Kyiv with multiple missile striked on Sunday.

“Russia attacked the Ukrainian capital early Sunday, striking at least two residential buildings, the mayor of Kyiv said, as elsewhere Russian troops fought to consolidate their gains in the country’s east” The Associated Press reported.

The Russian missile- and airstrikes hit other Ukrainian cities as well. “Russia also launched dozens of missiles on several areas across the country far from the heart of the eastern battles. Some of the missiles were fired from Russian long-range Tu-22 bombers deployed from Belarus for the first time, Ukraine’s air command said,” the news agency added.

According to the German public broadcaster DW News, Russian military sources confirmed the early morning missile strikes across Ukraine. One of the location hit by a Russian missile was just 19 miles from the Polish border, the German news outlet noted.

Moscow Promises Nuclear-Capable Missiles to Belarus

Russian President Vladimir Putin has promised nuclear-capable missiles to Belarus, media reports on Sunday said. Belarus, former soviet republic and a key Russian ally, served as the staging ground for Russian offensive in the western part of Ukraine.

As Russia adopts a increasingly hostile posture towards Europe and the NATO alliance, Belarus — which borders Poland and several Baltic countries — assumes an even greater strategic position for Moscow.

The BBC reported the Russian nuclear offer:

Russia will send nuclear capable short-range missile systems to its ally Belarus in the coming months, President Vladimir Putin has said.

He said Iskander-M systems “can fire ballistic and cruise missiles, both conventional and nuclear types”. The systems have a range of up to 500km (310 miles).

Mr Putin has made several references to nuclear weapons since then, which some have interpreted as a warning to Western countries not to intervene.

Speaking in St Petersburg, Mr Putin said Russia would help to modify Belarusian SU-25 warplanes so that they could carry nuclear weapons, in response to a query from Mr Lukashenko.

Germany: G7 Summit in Shadow of War

Amid raging war in Ukraine, the G7 summit of advanced industrialized nations is set to began in southern German state of Bavaria. President Joe Biden is expected to arrive in Germany among other Western leaders for the 3-day event.

The summit will give Western leaders an opportunity to present a united front against the Russia aggression. The “G7 leaders are expected to try to use the summit to clear these muddy waters, promising more weapons to Ukraine and more sanctions against Russia,” the BBC reported.

The G7 meeting takes place just days after the annual BRICS summit hosted by Chinese President Xi Jinping. BRICS, an alliance of developing nations dominated by Russia and China, seeks to present itself as a counterweight to the U.S.-led Western Alliance

German broadcaster DW News reported:

Germany is hosting the G7 summit from Sunday to Tuesday at the Elmau luxury resort in the Bavarian Alps.

World leaders began arriving on Saturday, including US President Joe Biden. As well as attending the summit, Biden is due to meet for bilateral talks with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

Scholz has said it is important that the summit send a signal of united support for Ukraine.

Proposals to jointly increase pressure on Russia, collective military and humanitarian support for Ukraine, and the impact of the conflict in driving energy and food prices sharply higher will be focal points at the summit.

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Comments

Colonel Travis | June 26, 2022 at 2:02 pm

It’s only a matter of time until Ukraine falls. After that, look out Europe.

    Mauiobserver in reply to Colonel Travis. | June 26, 2022 at 2:46 pm

    The first sentence I agree in part with as I suspect that Russia will sooner or later control the Donbas and Russian speaking areas of Ukraine as well as seaports and a land corridor to the Crimea. Basically this has been Russian policy for centuries and they have fought many wars over the centuries for much of that territory (against the Tartars, British, Turks, etc.) which they feel rightly or wrongly to be critical to their national security and their economy.

    I doubt even the most aggressive Russian political and military leaders want a war with Europe nor do I see much enthusiasm for military action from the European leaders and quite frankly, with the exception of the UK and France they really have very limited military capabilities.

    The risk is in DC where the Biden administration is hell bent on doing everything possible to keep this war going. No sane person should want an expansion of this war which could very easily escalate into a much worse situation involving the massive Chinese military machine or the horror of tactical nuclear weapons used against European cities. But who knows? In 1914 what great power leader tried to stop the holocaust of WWI fought over the mostly minor issues not essential to most of the combatants.

      Colonel Travis in reply to Mauiobserver. | June 26, 2022 at 3:11 pm

      Why do you doubt what Russia wants? They have been publicly telling the world what they want: territory they once held going back to the 19th century. This gets into Poland, Latvian states, Finland, etc. They will not stop after Ukraine.

      Re: The risk is in DC where the Biden administration is hell bent on doing everything possible to keep this war going.

      If you mean that literally, then I agree. IMO they are intentionally not giving Ukraine enough to win, but enough to lose slowly. That is probably out of fear of Putin doing something nuclear if he plainly was going to lose. How Ukraine losing after the disaster in Afghanistan plays politically remains to be seen.

    CommoChief in reply to Colonel Travis. | June 26, 2022 at 6:22 pm

    Lets assume that your statement is correct. That in fact the ‘rest of Europe’ is next up for Russian invasion despite the real lack of any ability by Russia to do so from a logistical and manpower standpoint. If what you say is true then it would be wise or at least prudent to avoid being the first Nation chosen by Russia for invasion when they have finally conquered Ukraine.

    Lithuania is currently attempting to block the movement of goods and Russian Citizens to and from Kaliningrad which is a violation of it’s treaty obligations, thus potentially providing a casus belli to Russia. I doubt that US public would view the Chinese attempting the same for Guam, American Samoa or Hawaii as anything other than a completely unreasonable act of a Nation bent on provoking a war with the US.

    A blockade in whole or in part is not a prudential act at all. Nor is it the act of a Nation which is genuinely fearful about the use of force to reopen unlawfully closed travel and economic corridors. Deliberately choosing to twist the tigers tail is rarely viewed as a good idea or an act of peaceful intentions.

    It is in fact a wholly provocative act that I suspect Lithuania is making based on assurances from other Nations that when they ‘twist the tigers tail’ these other Nations will help prevent the tiger from eating them. One of those Nations being the US. I certainly hope I am wrong and Lithuania has decided on this foolish course by themselves instead of being used as pawn by the US.

Europe itself is safe (theyve already surrendered energy indepemdence years ago).

However some of those former Soviet satellite States should be preparing themselves for combat.

Having said that, Russia has done itself no favours with just how poorly its armed forces have performed so its time frames will need to be “lengthened” as it will take time to replace all that manpower and material lost of the Ukrain.

After all, even though Russia seems to only excel at the grinding down war…it does take time to recover lost men and machines because of that doctrines incredibly high attrition rate!

Billions left in Afghanistan and now billions gone in Ukraine (except for the “carrying charge” asked by UniParty members).

Mailman…. just wait until the USA finds out just how good are forces are NOW. Thinking particularly of the Navy as it is our true projection of power.

Russia should have been in a position to sweep the deck quickly to save wanton dismantling of the country.

“Russia’s capture of the city is a significant achievement within this reduced objective.”

I’ve heard ‘way too much denigrating of Russia’s combat capability from people who ought to know better.

Putin says what he’s going to do, then they trot out far more expansive goals, then they say he hasn’t met their fantasy goals and chatter about his frustration and state of mind based on — thin air.

Meanwhile, the Russian forces seem to have a good eye for stockpiles of weaponry, and plenty of long-range missiles to blow it up.

The Russian military, like any other, has its characteristic flaws. However, you fight with the forces you have, not what somebody else fantasizes you ought to have.

Somebody on the Russian side knows how to put the Russian resources to good use, regardless of what Brit or US media has to say.

    mailman in reply to Valerie. | June 26, 2022 at 5:14 pm

    There is no finess, just constant grinding down of the enemy with limitless manpower and material.

    And because there is no finess everyone suffers. Russian soldiers suffer, ukranian soldiers suffer, Russian families suffer, ukranian civilians suffer, everyone suffers because the Russians couldn’t organise a pissup in a brewery.

      Danny in reply to mailman. | June 26, 2022 at 9:56 pm

      Your fantasy of what the Russian Army is has no correspondence to what it actually is, and isn’t just wrong but dangerous because it is contemptuous thinking that could easily lead us to the third world war because after all we need only kick in the door and the entire rotten structure will come tumbling down right?

        mailman in reply to Danny. | June 28, 2022 at 5:03 am

        Bless you’re heart Danny 😂😂 You so wish them Russkies were as good as your wet dream makes don’t ya champ 😂

        The reality is these fucks couldn’t organise a complex multi-branch operation if their pronouns depended on it. We know they can’t do this effectively because Real Life ™ in the Ukraine has shown us this to be the case.

        But you know, you be you comrade 😂😂

    AnAdultInDiapers in reply to Valerie. | June 26, 2022 at 6:14 pm

    Seems you forget the victory medals they’d already created for the capture of Kiev and Odessa. That went well.

    Seems you think Putin intended to throw away his best troops failing to take Kiev, and wanted to lose so many of his forces that he’s had to deploy T-62 tanks on the front line, and has lost so many men he’s employing mercenaries to fight for him.

    >> However, you fight with the forces you have

    Ironically Russia will be fighting with Belarus’ ammunition because, erm, they’re running out of their own. Taking weeks to advance a few kilometres because every single metre of it they’re having to sweep with artillery first.

    Sure, that’s putting their resources to good use. It’s a massive improvement on the way they just sacrificed men, tanks, other armoured vehicles in the first few weeks of the war. Problem is, Russia’s running out of resources. Ukraine’s running out of.. well, Russian officers to kill.

      Your propaganda should have been discarded months ago, days of ammunition left was a line parroted often but has over the last two months been proven radically untrue.

        AnAdultInDiapers in reply to Danny. | June 27, 2022 at 3:14 am

        I don’t recall claiming before that Russia was running out of ammunition.

        Tanks, sort of; they’re digging so deep into their reserves that they clearly feel they have a shortage of their primary models.

        Ammunition? They had vast stockpiles at the start of the current war. If they still had plentiful supplies, they wouldn’t be asking Belarus to send all of theirs.

        Maybe I’m misreading that. Maybe Putin just wants to thoroughly disarm Belarus prior to a hostile takeover, and Lukashenko is letting him. Certainly Lukashenko fears rebellion and civil war in his own country, perhaps this is a way of disarming the rebels before they even start.

        I’m happy to hear other suggestions, but at least I have a distinct reason for believing Russia is short on artillery ammunition.

The whole situation was unnecessary. Imagine how we’d feel were the southern provinces of Canada and the northern states of Mexico became satellites of China.
Vladimir Putin has a point; he feels (probably rightly so) that the geographic buffer between the West and Mother Russia is being slowly (and deliberately) eroded.

    Dathurtz in reply to paracelsus. | June 26, 2022 at 4:50 pm

    Imagine if the USSR formed alliances with communist countries very near our border and then wanted to put devastating weaponry in those countries. I’m sure we’d be just fine with it.

    Especially if leader after leader of the USSR used to USA as a boogeyman to scare people.

So the $40 billion that was approved by our esteemed Congress is certainly making a difference for……Russia.

Chalk up another loss for dotard-marionette, Biden’s transparent and shameful strategy of non-deterrence and overt weakness in foreign policy. “Leading from behind,” as it were, in the mold of narcissist-incompetent, Obama, another fool who wrought total destruction and chaos with his idiotic foreign policy.

Expect the world’s bad actors, terrorists and assorted rogues to continue to take full advantage, until we get a GOP President back in the White House.

The evil empire wants its empire back

Go ahead and hate me for saying it.
Russia is winning.

    alaskabob in reply to snowshooze. | June 27, 2022 at 12:55 am

    Obama said Russia was just a regional power and then messed with Ukrainian politics. Well… the world is not doing so well after that “regional power” got had by that Color Revolution. Being neutral has been good for several countries….but lessons are forgotten when there is money to be grasped from the cookie jar.