Timeline: Week 15 of Russia’s war in Ukraine | Russia-Ukraine war News

The fifteenth week of Russia’s war on Ukraine noticed Ukrainian forces recapture 20 villages within the Kherson area and a part of Severodonetsk metropolis.

Ukraine says its southern defences shot down four missiles fired from throughout the Black Sea.

Russian military sources say Ukraine has launched a brand new counteroffensive within the northern Kharkiv area.

Moscow continues to shore up its defences in Crimea with S-300 anti-air missile batteries, whereas Britain proclaims it should ship M270 multiple launch rocket systems with an 80km vary to Ukraine.

Right here, Al Jazeera appears on the main occasions that marked the 15th week of the war in Ukraine:

June 2

Kherson oblast navy administration head Hennadiy Lahuta studies that Ukrainian forces liberated 20 unnamed villages. This seemingly confirms the studies of earlier days {that a} Ukrainian counteroffensive has pushed Russian occupying forces east of the Inhulets river.

Ukraine’s southern operational command says heavy preventing is raging close to Mykolaiv as Russian forces try to interrupt via defences there. Ukraine is reportedly getting ready a counteroffensive from this route.

Elsewhere within the area, Russia is increasing shelling and helicopter-launched rocket assaults. The Russian navy Telegram channel Rybar says Ukrainian forces try to achieve the Russian-held cities of Snihurivka and Kryvyi Rih.

Ukraine’s defence ministry says Russian forces within the Donbas unsuccessfully tried to cross the Siversky Donets river, surrounding the dual cities of Lysychansk and Severodonetsk, the place the fiercest preventing rages.

Elsewhere within the Donbas, the ministry says Russia has concentrated 20 battalion tactical teams (of about 300-500 males every) to assault Sloviansk, which appears to be the focus of a number of Russian strains of assault.

June 3

In Severodonetsk, Ukraine studies that Russians are making incremental advances via the town. Nonetheless, Luhansk area governor Serhiy Haidai says Ukrainian defenders additionally took again a number of blocks of the town that had been overrun.

Ukrainian and Russian sources later affirm that Ukrainian troops recaptured 20 % of the town in a counterattack that inflicted heavy losses on Chechen items. Russian forces proceed to fail to encompass Severodonetsk from the south.

Russian forces seem like making an attempt an assault on Sviatohirsk in japanese Ukraine from Izyum and Lyman, with out success. Sviatohirsk is a waystation on the highway to Sloviansk, within the coronary heart of Donetsk area, of which Russia has conquered half. Russian forces additionally hearth missiles and conduct airstrikes towards Slovyansk.

Russian forces additionally fail to take new territory north of their bridgehead in Popasna.

Russian forces unsuccessfully try to roll again a Ukrainian counteroffensive within the Kherson area.

June 4

Ukrainians defend Severodonetsk fiercely, belying predictions that the town will likely be in Russian fingers in a matter of days. Luhansk governor Serhiy Haidai believes the Ukrainian forces there are supplied well enough to carry their positions and rebuff Russian offensives. This can be a change from the tactical withdrawal the Ukrainian forces had been conducting till simply days earlier.

Russian sources report that foreign volunteers from Georgia, France and Moldova are additionally concerned within the defence of the town. The Russian defence ministry additionally says these fighters are on the decline.

“The overall variety of international mercenaries in Ukraine has now been virtually halved from 6,600 to three,500 … A lot of the mercenaries are destroyed within the struggle zone on account of their low degree of coaching and lack of actual fight expertise,” stated a spokesman for the ministry on June 2.

Ukraine says M109A3 howitzers supplied by Norway are in use on the entrance, with out specifying the place.

Ukraine says its southern defences shot down four missiles fired from throughout the Black Sea.

June 5

Ukrainian defenders of Severodonetsk have managed to restrict Russian invaders to the eastern half of the town, down from the 70 % they occupied two days earlier, say Luhansk regional governor Serhiy Haidai and Severodonetsk mayor Alexander Stryuk.

The defence mounted by Ukraine is a exceptional achievement contemplating the small measurement of the town, which is simply about 25 streets deep from east to west.

Haidai and Stryuk say the Russians are focusing all their front-line troops and reserves on the town, and in the event that they conquer it are planning to march on neighbouring Lysychansk, finishing their conquest of the Luhansk oblast. It’s thought that they might then take management of the freeway to Bakhmut in Donetsk oblast.

Russian forces proceed to make unsuccessful sorties from Izyum in direction of Bakhmut. They’re a bit extra profitable launching assaults from Lyman in direction of Sviatohirsk.

Russian military sources say Ukraine has launched a brand new counteroffensive within the northern Kharkiv area. That is the place Ukraine efficiently pushed Russian forces again to inside a couple of kilometres of the Russian border in Could, and secured the town of Kharkiv.

Russian forces are reported to have mined the east financial institution of the Inhulets river within the Kherson area, the place Ukrainian counterattacks proceed.

June 6

Ukraine says Russian forces shell 20 settlements alongside all the line of contact in east Ukraine, utilizing tanks, mortars, barrel bombs, missiles and air strikes. Ukrainian officers produce conflicting accounts of the battle for Severodonetsk. It’s unclear if Russian forces are retreating or advancing via the town. Luhansk governor Serhiy Haidai points a late report saying Ukrainian forces had been retreating and preventing is concentrated on the industrial zone of the Azot chemical plant.

Russia continues to shore up its defences in Crimea with S-300 anti-air missile batteries.

Britain proclaims it should ship M270 multiple launch rocket systems with an 80km vary to Ukraine. It doesn’t specify what number of, or when they’ll get there, however says the transfer is in co-ordination with US President Joe Biden’s determination to ship Excessive Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launchers. Ukrainian personnel are to obtain coaching on the programs within the UK.

Russian international minister Sergey Lavrov is prevented from visiting Serbia when its neighbours Bulgaria, Montenegro and North Macedonia shut their airspace to his plane. Bulgaria and Hungary, to the north of Serbia, are implementing an EU ban on Russian air site visitors. North Macedonia and Montenegro are NATO members.

INTERACTIVE- Airspace closures for Russian aircraft

June 7

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu claims his forces have captured all the residential a part of Severodonetsk, and proceed to struggle for the commercial sector.

Russian forces try to advance from Izyum to Sloviansk.

Ukraine estimates 31,360 Russian troopers have been killed since February 24 when Russia launched its invasion of the nation.