Here are the key events so far on Sunday, June 19.
- Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visited front-line troops again, including near Severodonetsk, praising soldiers holding forward positions as brave and hardworking.
- The General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces says they have suffered a military setback in Metolkine, to the southeast of Severodonetsk.
- Three Russian missiles destroyed a fuel storage depot in the eastern town of Novomoskovsk, said the head of the regional administration.
- Russia is sending a large number of reserve troops to Severodonetsk from other battle zones to try to gain full control of the eastern city, which they control most of, said Luhansk Governor Serhiy Haidai.
- NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has warned that the war in Ukraine could last years as he called for state-of-the-art weaponry for Ukrainian troops.
- Two commanders who defended the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol have been transferred to Russia for investigation, Russia’s state news agency TASS reported.
- Ukraine’s defence intelligence directorate said five Ukrainian civilians had been returned in a swap for five Russian prisoners. It did not say whether the Russians were combatants.
- British Prime Minister Johnson warned of a need to prepare for a long war, which meant ensuring “Ukraine receives weapons, equipment, ammunition and training more rapidly than the invader”.
- BP remains Rosneft’s biggest private shareholder despite having announced its departure in February, said Igor Sechin, head of the Russian oil major. BP could not be reached for comment.
- Russia’s 2022 coal production could fall 17 percent to 365.1 million tonnes and exports could decrease 30 percent to 156 million tonnes, Russian news agency Interfax reported, citing the energy ministry.
SOURCE: NEWS AGENCIES