Live blog | Ukraine confirms death of Dutch mercenary, Russians lose ground in Severodonetsk

InternationalJune 5, ’22 at 10:22AuthorBNR web editors

It’s Sunday, June 5, and then we enter today 102 in the war in Ukraine. Follow the latest news about the Russian invasion and all the consequences of the war here.

Governor: The Russians lose ground in Severodonetsk

09:35 | Russian troops have lost ground in Severodonetsk, a large city in eastern Ukraine, a Ukrainian regional governor said Sunday. The city has been the scene of fierce fighting in an attempt by Moscow to take control of the Donbas region.

“The Russians had control of about 70 percent of the city, but have been pushed back in the last two days. The city is divided in two. They are afraid to move freely in the city,” Luhansk governor Sergei Gaidai wrote on Telegram.

Ukrainian army confirms: Dutch voluntary death

07:48 | Ukraine’s International Legion for Territorial Defense (ILDU) has reported that four foreigners, including 55-year-old Dutchman Ron Vogelaar, were killed in combat in Ukraine. The four mercenaries fought voluntarily with the Foreign Legion against Russia.

Last month, De Telegraaf reported on his death on the basis of Vogelaar’s family. He was reported to have been killed in fighting near the Ukrainian city of Molodova on May 4. The State Department was unable to confirm his death at the time, and ILDU did not mention his death.

ILDU announced the death on Saturday via social media channels. “There are no words to express our gratitude for their service and ultimate sacrifice. It is the unsung heroes who came here to defend the values ​​they believed in and to stand up against tyranny,” the statement said.

Their memory will live on in the International Legion, in the armed forces of Ukraine and in the hearts of the Ukrainian people, who will forever be indebted to the defenders who left their lives and chose to fight for light rather than darkness, for life. over death. They will not be forgotten, “ILDU continued.

In addition to the Dutchman’s death, ILDU also reported on a German, a Frenchman and an Australian who died at the same time.

Powerful explosions heard in the Ukrainian capital Kiev

05:48 | Heavy explosions were seen in the Ukrainian capital Kiev on Sunday morning, a witness told the international news agency Reuters. Smoke was visible in the city after the explosions. Sirens have previously gone off in large parts of Ukraine, including the Kiev region.

Since the war began on February 24, Russia has, according to Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky, fired more than 2,500 rockets at Ukraine. said Zelenski during a video speech Saturday in which he accused the Russians of massive destruction of cultural monuments, churches and other religious sites in his country.

NATO begins maritime maneuvers in the Baltic Sea

03:30 | Fourteen NATO countries, including the Netherlands, are launching major maneuvers in the Baltic Sea. More than 45 naval vessels, 75 aircraft and 7,000 military personnel are participating in the BALTOPS22 exercise. Among the participants in the exercise ‘Baltic Operations’ are also Finland and Sweden, who want to join NATO after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The annual exercise therefore seems to be able to count on more attention than usual.

Due to the war in Ukraine, there are several NATO activities in Eastern Europe. And the United States has sent several naval vessels to Europe since February, and at least three major participants in the maneuvers. The exercises start in Sweden, which celebrates the 500th anniversary of its fleet, and end on June 17 in the German port city of Kiel.

If Finland and Sweden are members of NATO, the Baltic Sea or the Baltic Sea will become almost an inland sea of ​​the alliance. Russia has a large naval port on the Baltic Sea in Kaliningrad, which is the headquarters of the Baltic Fleet, but the Russian coast there is almost 120 kilometers long. Russia’s second city, St. Petersburg, is also located further north by the waters of the Baltic Sea.

Zelensky accuses Russia of destroying cultural heritage

00:57 | Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky accuses Russia of massive destruction of cultural monuments, churches and other religious sites during the war in Ukraine. Reason enough to exclude the Russians from the UN cultural organization UNESCO, the president said during his video speech on Saturday. According to him, 113 churches have been destroyed or damaged.

Since the war began on February 24, Zelensky said Russia has fired more than 2,500 rockets at Ukraine. “Our heroes keep the fortress and do everything they can to inflict as much damage on the enemy as possible.” Zelensky said the day will come when Russia will leave the Donbas in eastern Ukraine alone. The order of only one person determines this, without mentioning Russian President Vladimir Putin by name. The Ukrainian president calls Russia a ‘terrorist state’ that destroys historical heritage with artillery. “UNESCO is not a place for barbarians.”

Zelensky accused Russian troops of shelling and setting fire to a large wooden church in Svyatohirsk. The Russian Defense Ministry denied the allegations, saying the Ukrainian armed forces were responsible.

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