The war in Ukraine: what to remember from Saturday 4 June

On the 101st day of the war, the Russian army now controls about 20% of the Ukrainian territory, but does not intend to stop until all its “goals” are achieved, according to Moscow. On the Ukrainian side, we still believe in victory. The United Nations believes that there will be no “winner”.

At the same time, the European Union has tightened its sanctions in order to cut off the financing of the conflict, in particular thanks to the gradual oil embargo. Previously taken actions, for example, brought down the head of Yandex, “Russian Google”.

Key information to remember:

> Ukraine’s foreign minister attacks Macron over his call to avoid “humiliation” of Russia

> The European Union has officially adopted the sixth package of sanctions against Russia

> The war has crossed the 100-day mark

>>> Evolution of the situation Saturday 4 June

8:53 pm – Ukrainian forces seek to regain “full control” of Severodonetsk

The city’s mayor, Alexander Stryuk, said on Saturday that Ukrainian forces are seeking to “take back complete control” of Severodonetsk, a major city in eastern Ukraine.

“There was some success” from the “Russian troops” who were able to enter the city and take a large part of it and divide it in two. But our soldiers managed to redeploy and build a line of defense.

4:47 pm – Moscow says Ukrainian units are withdrawing from Severodonetsk

The Russian military said that Ukrainian military units, “having suffered heavy losses in the fighting,” are withdrawing from the main city of Severodonetsk in eastern Ukraine. It was plagued by fierce fighting between Kyiv and the Kremlin’s forces. Units are retreating to the neighboring city of Lysechansk, according to a Russian Defense Ministry statement.

4:17 pm – Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba addresses Emmanuel Macron on Twitter.

In a tweet, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on Saturday denounced calls to avoid Russia’s humiliation, saying: “It is Russia that humiliates itself. It is better to focus on how to put Russia in its place.” A semi-hidden treatment of Emmanuel Macron, who said on May 9 that peace in Ukraine would not be built on Russia’s “humiliation.” The French president reiterated that “we must not humiliate Russia” in an interview with the regional press on Friday.

3:25 pm – Four foreign military volunteers killed in Ukraine

The Ukrainian International Defense Corps, the official organization of volunteer foreign fighters, announced today, Saturday, that four foreign volunteer soldiers (including a French) were killed in the fight against the Russian invasion of Ukraine, without specifying the date, details and circumstances of their deaths.

11:15 am – Russian ship in Mariupol port

A ship sent to load metals bound for Russia has arrived at the port of the city of Mariupol in southeastern Ukraine, according to TASS. It is the second ship to reach Mariupol since Russia seized the port city last month.

At the end of May, the first ship left Mariupol with a cargo of metal bound for Russia. Ukrainian authorities declared this shipment of metal to Russia as looting. Russia reported in late May that the port of Mariupol had been cleared of mines and reopened to merchant ships.

10:30 a.m. – 14 million Ukrainians have fled their homes

About 14 million people have left their homes since the start of Russia’s war, according to a count from Kyiv The Independent, Ukraine’s independent English-language newspaper. About half of them fled Ukraine. In addition, 3 million children have been deprived of school because of the war.

8:50 a.m. – Kyiv is still working for the release of prisoners who fought in Azovstal

Ukrainian intelligence services are in contact with prisoners of war who defended the Azovstal mineral complex in Mariupol. Uncertainty reigns over the fate of hundreds of these fighters who have been detained by the Russians since mid-May after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told them to lay down their arms after nearly three months of siege.

“From them (intelligence services, editor’s note) we know the conditions of their detention, their food and the possibility of their release,” Denis Monastirsky announced Friday evening on Ukrainian television. “We all know that they will all be here, in Kyiv, and we are doing everything we can to ensure that,” the interior minister added.

> Ukraine claims to have defeated the Russians in Severodonetsk

According to the Ukrainian presidency, fighting raged on Friday morning in the city center of Severodonetsk. “The Russian invaders continue to bombard the civilian infrastructure and the Ukrainian army in the Severodonetsk, Borevsky, and Lychansk regions,” she said.

But far from being victorious, Russian forces still could not fully control this city, according to Kyiv. Capturing this city would allow them to secure their control of the Donbass Basin, a mining basin partially occupied by pro-Russian separatists since 2014.

Sergei Gaidai, governor of the Lugansk region, said on Friday that Russian soldiers were forced to retreat. “They have not completely captured it. And if before we had a difficult situation where about 70% (of the city) was captured, now they are repulsed by 20%, despite the deluge of fire.

Main news for Friday, June 3

> Switzerland refuses to transfer weapons and armored vehicles

On Friday, Switzerland insisted on banning the transfer of Swiss war materials to Ukraine through a third country, in line with its principle of military neutrality. However, the delivery of war materials in the form of assembly elements or spare parts to European armament companies will still be possible, even if it is possible to send manufactured war materials to Ukraine, as decided by the Federal Council. The Berne government said in a statement that Switzerland had received requests from Germany and Denmark to send war materials to Ukraine.

> Grains: brushes poutine aside the problem

No problem. Vladimir Putin proposed several solutions to the export of grain banned in Ukraine due to the conflict, and the current chair of the African Union Macky Sall said he was “reassured” after a meeting with the Russian head of state.

Russia’s attack on Ukraine has crippled the food exports of these two agricultural giants, raising fears of a global food crisis, particularly in Africa.

> Balance sheet of weapons delivered to Kyiv

Weapons continue to flow in large numbers to Ukraine. The United States, the first donor, will further ramp up its deliveries. On the Old Continent, the war effort is significant, especially on the part of Eastern European countries.

>100 days of fighting in Ukraine

The Russian invasion of Ukraine reached its 100th day on Friday. The attack that allowed Moscow to seize 20% of Ukrainian territory. Russian forces continue their relentless offensive and are now concentrating on the Donbass region (east) and its strategic city of Severodonetsk.

> The European Union officially adopts a sixth package of sanctions against Russia

The European Commission has officially adopted a sixth package of sanctions against Russia, with an oil component that includes amendments for most landlocked countries.

> French man killed “in combat” in Ukraine

“We have learned the unfortunate news of a French national mortally wounded in the fighting in Ukraine,” the Quai d’Orsay said in a written response. We extend our condolences to his family. No details about the identity of this person were disclosed.

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