Russia claims “liberation” of Donbas is “unconditional” priority. The comments by Russia’s Foreign Minister were made during intensified attacks around the key city of Severodenetsk.
Ukrainian Army soldiers withstood withering artillery barrages as they rebuffed Russian efforts to take Severodonetsk, the largest city that Ukraine still holds in the eastern region of Luhansk, officials say.
Key Events from May 29th, 2022
The eastern Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk faces increases in Russian forces conducting assault operations.
Russian forces are close to taking the entire Luhansk region, one of the revised war goals of the Kremlin.
Russia’s defence ministry claims Russian forces have taken control of Lyman, west of Severodonetsk. Ukraine Deputy Defence Minister Hanna Malyar disputed this and said the battle for the town continued.
Russia used missile attacks to destroy Ukrainian command posts in Bakhmut and Soledar.
Ukraine is now receiving Harpoon anti-ship missiles from Denmark and self-propelled howitzers from the United States, Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy expected good news this week on weapons supplies but would provide few additional details.
Russia’s defence ministry claims its navy launched a hypersonic missile from the Barents Sea that reached its target 1,000km (600 miles) away.