Story By: Ana Marjanovic, Sub-Editor: Michael Leidig, Agency: Newsflash
This footage reportedly shows Ukrainian soldiers bombing a Russian base with barracks and fuel and ammo depots.
The 45th Separate Artillery Brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces said it destroyed the Russian military base, complete with an ammunition depot, a fuel storage facility and barracks for Russian soldiers.
The brigade said on 12th June: “We have found you again!”
The footage reportedly shows the Ukrainian unit identifying targets within the compound before unleashing multiple strikes and sparking a huge blaze, although the claims have not been independently verified.
Russian troops invaded Ukraine on 24th February in what the Kremlin is calling a “special military operation”. Today marks the 110th day of the campaign.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between 24th February and 12th June, Russia had lost 32,150 personnel, 1,430 tanks, 3,484 armoured combat vehicles, 715 artillery systems, 226 multiple launch rocket systems, 97 air defence systems, 212 warplanes, 178 combat helicopters, 582 drones, 13 boats, 2,455 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, 54 pieces of special equipment and 125 cruise missiles.
A huge fire is reportedly raging at a chemical plant in Sievierodonetsk as street-to-street fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forces takes place in the city.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said that Russian attacks on the cities of Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk has turned them into “dead cities”, but added that Ukrainian forces could still hold Sievierodonetsk despite being outnumbered.
An aide to President Zelenskyy has said that Ukraine is losing up to 200 troops a day.
President Zelenskyy has asked for additional weapons from Ukraine’s allies to help push back the Russian forces.
The United Kingdom and the United States are sending long-range missile systems to Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned of more attacks in Ukraine if the West sends long-range weapons.
President Putin has said that the West will not be able to wean itself off from Russian oil and gas for years. US officials have now also admitted that Russian profits on energy might even be higher than they were before the war started.
The European Parliament has adopted a resolution recommending that the European Union grant Ukraine the status of candidate country for EU membership. Some 438 MEPs voted in favour of the resolution, with 65 voting against and 94 abstaining.