In the southern portion of Ukraine, the country’s military destroyed over 60 units of Russian military equipment apparently in a single day, according to newly available information. “Ukraine’s Operational Command “South” reports that the Ukrainian military struck Russian military equipment in Kherson Oblast, including three howitzers, 19 armored vehicles and 33 other vehicles,” according to Tuesday reporting from Ukraine’s The Kyiv Independent, and Russian losses continue from there.
“Russian forces have also lost two ammunition depots. At least 70 Russian soldiers were reportedly killed,” The Kyiv Independent adds. Ukrainian military forces are apparently working on, among other things, fighting back against invading Russian military forces across the Kherson region in Ukraine. “For the second week in a row, the Defense Forces of Ukraine have been successfully advancing to Kherson, which is temporarily occupied by the Russians,” as a translation (which could have errors) of a Ukrainian news source relayed. (Kherson is also the name of a central city in the Kherson region in Ukraine.)
Additionally: “After more than a month of heavy fighting, Russian forces now control the majority of Sieverodonetsk,” a U.K. defense ministry update from Wednesday said. The city, also spelled in English as Severodonetsk, is in Ukraine’s Luhansk region, where it was designated the administrative capital. “Russia’s urban warfare tactics, which are reliant on heavy use of artillery, have generated extensive collateral damage throughout the city,” that U.K. update adds. Russian forces have been attempting to completely take over the Luhansk and Donetsk regions in Ukraine, which together comprise what’s known as the Donbas. “All the bridges leading to #Severodonetsk have been destroyed. But the city is not blockaded, part of it is under Ukrainian control,” Luhansk-area Governor Serhiy Haidai apparently said on Tuesday.
Throughout the months of fighting in the country — the current conflict began with a Russian invasion on February 24 — Russian forces have sustained apparently substantial losses, but they’re nonetheless sticking by the conflict. On Wednesday, Biden spoke over the phone with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who’s consistently worked throughout the conflict between his country and Russia to garner international support. “I reaffirmed my commitment that the United States will stand by Ukraine as it defends its democracy and support its sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of unprovoked Russian aggression,” Biden said, discussing his Wednesday conversation with Zelenskyy. “I informed President Zelenskyy that the United States is providing another $1 billion in security assistance for Ukraine, including additional artillery and coastal defense weapons, as well as ammunition for the artillery and advanced rocket systems that the Ukrainians need to support their defensive operations in the Donbas,” Biden added.
Russian forces have also lost two ammunition depots. At least 70 Russian soldiers were reportedly killed.
— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) June 15, 2022