Ukrainians punch the Russians who try to attack the Kharkiv region

Ukrainian troops reportedly hit Russian soldiers as they tried to make progress in conquering the Kharkiv region in northeastern Ukraine.

Footage released by the Ukrainian military appears to have been shot from a drone and reportedly shows Russian positions repeatedly targeted and hit by Ukrainian artillery fire, with Ukrainians claiming to have damaged Russian military equipment as well. .

The images were obtained Monday evening from the Center for Strategic Communications and Information Security, which is part of the Ukrainian government, under the Ministry of Culture and Information, with the Center stating: “Minus 23 occupants! armed forces in the Kharkiv region.

“In the Kharkiv region, the enemy tried to carry out another attack, but received a decisive response from the armed forces.

“As a result of the joint work of fighters from the 92nd Mechanized Brigade, the 40th OABR and the 125th Terror Defense Battalion, 23 ‘orcs’ were neutralized and more than 50 wounded on 19 June.”

The Ukrainian Armed Forces say Russia lost 23 soldiers while 50 were wounded in the Kharkiv region of Ukraine on June 19, 2022.
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Ukrainian forces regularly referred to Russian troops as “orcs”.

The center also said: “The enemy suffered equipment losses, which was neutralized or damaged: three T-72 tanks, three [Multiple Launch Rocket Systems] MLRS, BTR-80, BMP-2 and KAMAZ and radar stations. “

The center signed saying, “Our defenders hold the line and inflict casualties on the enemy! We believe in the military!” We have reached out to Russian and Ukrainian officials for comment but have not received a response at the time of writing.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin calls a “special military operation” to “liberate the Donbas”. Tuesday marks the 118th day of the invasion.

The Ukrainian Armed Forces General Staff reported that between February 24 and June 21, Russia had lost approximately 34,100 personnel, 1,496 tanks, 3,606 armored combat vehicles, 752 artillery units, 239 multiple launch systems. rockets, 98 air defense systems, 216 warplanes, 181 helicopters, 611 drones, 137 cruise missiles, 14 warships, 2,537 motor vehicles and tankers, and 59 units of special equipment.

Russia also conducted an anti-ship missile exercise in the Baltic Sea amid escalating tensions with NATO member Lithuania after the latter blocked the transit of goods to the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad.

The new chief of the British army, General Sir Patrick Sanders, told the British forces that they must be ready to face Russia on the battlefield and said that the British army must now be able to defeat Russia.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited Ukraine’s southern front line as Ukrainian forces organize a counterattack in the region to push back Russian troops.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the war in Ukraine could last for years, adding that while the costs are high, the cost of enabling Russia to achieve its military goals would be even greater.

President Joe Biden has promised Kiev another billion dollars in security assistance and weapons, and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, says Russia has lost about 20 to 30 percent of its armored strength. during the ongoing invasion.

Former Russian president and Vladimir Putin’s staunch ally Dmitry Medvedev mocked French, German and Italian leaders visiting the Ukrainian capital Kiev as “fans of frogs, hot dogs and spaghetti”.

French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi held talks Thursday in the Ukrainian capital Kiev with Zelensky, who said a “historic week” has begun as Kiev awaits a decision from Brussels in on his status as an EU candidate.

On 8 June, the European Parliament adopted a resolution recommending the European Union to grant Ukraine the status of candidate country for EU membership. In the ballot, 438 members of the European Parliament voted in favor of the resolution, with 65 votes against and 94 abstentions.

Independent Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov has auctioned his Nobel Peace Prize medal for $ 103.5 million, and all proceeds will go to help Ukrainian refugees.

Muratov, 60, is the chief editor of the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazetawhich he co-founded in 1993. The newspaper has routinely defied numerous threats and addressed issues that make the Kremlin uncomfortable.

Novaya Gazeta reported on Russian government corruption, human rights violations and police violence, as well as publishing articles critical of Putin.

Muratov was an advocate for press freedom and said it must remain independent of government influence.

This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.