As the Russo-Ukrainian War enters its 112th day, we take a look at the major developments.
Here are the key events so far on Wednesday, June 15.
Get the latest update here.
- Ukrainian forces are finding it harder to hold off Russian troops in the key eastern city of Severodonetsk as Moscow’s army continues to pound the city with artillery, the governor of Luhansk has said. He added that Russian troops control about 80% of Severodonetsk.
- Russia has urged Ukrainian fighters who took refuge in the Severodonetsk Azot chemical plant to surrender.
- The Russian military said it would establish a humanitarian corridor on Wednesday to evacuate hundreds of civilians from the factory.
- Russian-backed separatists in Luhansk said Ukrainian forces had “taken hostage” up to 1,200 civilians at the Azot chemical plant in Severodonetsk, Russian state news agency TASS said.
- Governor Luhansk said about 500 civilians remained at the Azot plant, including 40 children.
- Russia’s reliance on heavy artillery has caused “significant collateral damage” across Severodonetsk, the UK Ministry of Defense has said.
- Ukrainian forces are suffering painful losses in the fight against Russian troops in Severodonetsk and the Kharkiv region, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said.
- The road between Ukraine’s Donbass region and Russia-annexed territory of Crimea via the occupied regions of Mariupol, Melitopol and Kherson is now open to civilian vehicles, TASS reported.
- Zelenskyy urged the West to send more modern anti-missile systems.
- US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is due to lead a meeting in Brussels on Wednesday with defense ministers from NATO and other countries to discuss arms deliveries to Ukraine.
- Poland’s prime minister criticized NATO’s support for Ukraine, which has repeatedly called for heavier and more weapons.
- The Nicaraguan Congress renewed a decade-long executive order allowing Russian forces to enter Nicaragua between July 1 and December 31 to patrol Pacific waters with the Nicaraguan military, a move criticized by the United States.
- Moscow has banned dozens of British journalists, media representatives and defense figures from entering the country, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
- Russia is reportedly ready to consider an appeal from the UK over the fate of two Britons sentenced to death for fighting for Ukraine, the Kremlin has said. Moroccans are demanding the release of a Moroccan-Ukrainian who has also been sentenced to death, while the government remains silent.
- Pope Francis has made fresh remarks on the war in Ukraine, praising “brave” Ukrainians for their fight for survival, but also suggesting the situation was “maybe provoked or not prevented.”
The human cost of war
- Nearly two-thirds of children in Ukraine were uprooted during the war, a UN official said, calling the war a “crisis of children’s rights”.
- UNICEF director for Europe and Central Asia said 277 children in Ukraine had been killed and 456 injured, the number of schools damaged was likely in the thousands and only about 25% Ukrainian schools were operational.
- Ukraine said 313 children were killed and 579 injured during the war.
- European countries imported 40% more coal from South Africa’s main export hub in the first five months of this year than in the whole of 2021, to ensure alternatives to Russian coal, reported the Reuters news agency.
- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has accused some wealthy countries of making a dangerous run on fossil fuels in response to the war in Ukraine, warning that new investments in coal, oil and gas are “delusional”, given their impact on climate change. .
- Russia’s invasion of Ukraine will create a global shortage of wheat for at least three seasons by keeping much of Ukraine’s crop out of markets, pushing prices to record highs, Ukraine’s agriculture minister said. Kyiv.
- Few members of the global financial elite will attend Russia’s annual economic forum in St. Petersburg, as the country is isolated by sanctions related to its war in Ukraine. President Vladimir Putin will deliver a speech at the “Russian Davos” on Friday, focusing on the international economic situation.