Kyiv airstrikes hit train-repair facility; Ukraine misses World Cup opportunity

Kyiv airstrikes hit train-repair facility; Ukraine misses World Cup opportunity

About 800 people are hiding in bomb shelters under chemical plant in Severodonetsk, regional governor says

People from Severodonetsk are seen on a van that will take them to Kramatorsk. Severodonetsk, the largest city under Ukrainian control in Luhansk province, has come under intense artillery and missile strikes from the Russian army.

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Roughly 800 people are hiding across several bomb shelters located underneath the Azot chemical factory in Severodonetsk, the head of the Luhansk region military administration told CNN.

“There are locals there, who were asked to leave the city,” Serhiy Haidai told the news outlet. “But they refused. There are also children there, but not many of them.”

NBC News could not immediately verify the claims.

Regional Ukrainian officials later said that Russian forces fired on the Azot factory and hit an administrative building and a warehouse where methanol was stored, CNN reported.

Severodonetsk is now split between Russian and Ukrainian control, Haidai said, according to an NBC News translation.

— Jessica Bursztynsky

Ukraine misses out on World Cup after losing 1-0 to Wales

Wales’ Ben Davies consoles Ukraine’s Andriy Yarmolenko after the match on June 5, 2022.

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Ukraine missed out on qualifying for the World Cup after the war-disrupted team was beaten 1-0 by Wales in the European playoff final for the FIFA soccer showpiece.

Andriy Yarmolenko inadvertently headed the ball into his own net while trying to clear Wales captain Gareth Bale’s first-half free kick.

While Wales heads to a first World Cup in 64 years — opening against the United States in November — this was an agonizing end to Ukraine’s emotionally charged mission to qualify for Qatar while remaining under invasion by Russia.

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Nearly 100 people evacuated from Lysychansk after days of shelling

Police, volunteers and Ukraine’s State Emergency Service evacuated 98 people from the Lysychansk in eastern Ukraine’s Luhansk Oblast after Russian forces attacked the city, according to an NBC News translation of a Telegram post from Serhii Haidai, Luhansk’s governor.

“The situation with the shelling is difficult, so the residents of Lysychansk have finally realized that they will not be able to wait. 98 people chose security,” Haidai wrote, according to an NBC News translation.

The city has come under Russian attack for days. The Guardian published a video from Ukraine’s national police force that shows damaged buildings. A fire station was destroyed, according to Iuliia Mendel, a former spokesperson for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. On Friday, Alex Crawford of Sky News posted a photo on Twitter of a mass grave in the city.

Jordan Novet

Russia again targets Ukrainian Orthodox Sviatohirsk Lavra

Ukrainian officials said Russia bombed a temple in Ukraine’s Sviatohirsk Lavra monastery, a sacred site along the Donets River in Donetsk Oblast that has housed fleeing civilians since the war started in February.

The site is a “national architectural monument,” according to the Ukraine Institute. Russia also lodged attacks there in March and in May.

Videos circulated on social media showed the building engulfed in flames. The Ukrainian Orthodox Church said it didn’t yet have information on whether there were any casualties.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Saturday that 113 churches in the country have been targeted by Russian shelling since the invasion began, and he called on Russian church leaders to make “a clear condemnation of each of those who condone aggression.”

“Russia is deliberately and systematically destroying Ukraine’s cultural and historical heritage, as well as social infrastructure, housing, and everything necessary for normal life,” Zelenskyy said.

The U.S. Embassy in Ukraine called the attack “another senseless affront to Ukraine’s people and culture” in a tweet.

— Emma Newburger

Russian airstrikes reportedly hit train-repair facility in Kyiv

Russian airstrikes reportedly destroyed a train repair facility in Kyiv this morning, an attack that comes as Ukraine struggles to export large volumes of grain in order to avoid global food shortages and mitigate rising prices.

Simon Shuster, a Time reporter, posted tweets containing photos of the damage, noting that a grain car plant was “wrecked beyond repair.”

Russia claimed the airstrike destroyed tanks donated from abroad. But Alexander Kamyshin, the head of Ukraine’s railways, claimed the Russians targeted the train repair factory.

“We don’t have any military machinery on our factory,” Kamyshin wrote in a tweet. “Only freight railcars that help us export grain and iron ore.”

Some of Ukraine’s primary export infrastructure, including rail yards, bridges and warehouses, have been targeted and damaged by Russian attacks. The attacks have stranded grain supplies in Ukraine, prompting fears over starvation in areas that depend on the grain, such as the Middle East and Africa.

— Emma Newburger

Ukrainians confront ruins in Druzhkivka

New photographs show people picking up their belongings after their homes were hit by a missile attack in Druzhkivka, a city in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk Oblast.

An eldery woman, with a cat on her shoulder, tries to clean her yard from debris after a missile strike killing one old woman in the city of Droujkivka at the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbas on June 5, 2022.

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A woman sits on a chair in front of a destroyed house after a missile strike, which killed an old woman, in the city of Druzhkivka (also written Druzhkovka) in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbas on June 5, 2022.

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A man sits and smokes a cigarette in front of his destroyed house after a missile strike, which killed an old woman, in the city of Druzhkivka (also written Druzhkovka) in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbas on June 5, 2022.

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People collect personal belongings from their destroyed house after a missile strike, which killed an old woman, in the city of Druzhkivka (also written Druzhkovka) in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbas on June 5, 2022.

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People clean the debris from their destroyed house after a missile strike, which killed an old woman, in the city of Druzhkivka (also written Druzhkovka) in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbas on June 5, 2022.

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Spain to deliver anti-aircraft missiles and tanks to Ukraine, El País reports

Spain is to supply Ukraine with anti-aircraft missiles and Leopard battle tanks in a step up of its military support to the country, according to government sources cited by newspaper El Pais on Sunday.

Spain will also provide essential training to the Ukrainian military in how to use the tanks. It would take place in Latvia, where the Spanish Army has deployed 500 soldiers within the framework of NATO’s Enhanced Advanced Presence operation.

A second phase of training could take place in Spain, according to the sources cited by El Pais.

The paper said Spain’s defense ministry is finalizing a delivery to Kyiv of low-level Shorad Aspide anti-aircraft missiles, which the Spanish Army has replaced with a more advanced system.

— Reuters

Putin warns West against sending longer-range missiles, will strike harder

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the plenary session of the First Eurasian Economic Forum in Bishkek, via video link from Moscow, Russia May 26, 2022. 

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Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a broad warning to the West that his military will strike new targets if the U.S. starts supplying Ukraine with longer-range missiles, the TASS news agency reported.

Putin said in an interview aired on the Russia-1 TV channel that if those weapons are supplied: “We will draw the relevant conclusions and take our own means of attack, which, for the purpose of hitting the objects which we have not been hitting so far, we have enough of.”

Putin did not elaborate on what targets he would attempt to strike.

Ukrainian officials have been asking the West for weeks to send advanced, longer-range rocket systems to aid them in the war. Officials in Washington have had to weigh the benefits of sending the weapons with the risk of provoking Putin into committing further atrocities.

President Joe Biden said in a New York Times op-ed last Thursday the U.S. would provide Ukraine with more advanced rocket systems and munitions.

— Jessica Bursztynsky

Eastern city Severodonetsk split between Ukrainian and Russian control, official says

Head of Luhansk RMA Serhii Haidai said eastern city Severodonetsk is now split between Russian and Ukrainian control, according to an NBC News translation.

Smoke and dirt rise in the city of Severodonetsk during fighting between Ukrainian and Russian troops in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbas on June 2, 2022.

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That indicates gains for Ukrainian forces as the city was about 70% controlled by Russians two days ago, the official said. Haidai also said Russian occupiers lost a huge number of personnel and eight Russians were taken prisoner.

CNBC was not able to immediately confirm the report. The situation on the ground in Ukraine changes quickly.

In his nightly address, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said, “The situation in Severodonetsk, where street fighting continues, remains extremely difficult.”

— Christine Wang

Several explosions hit Ukrainian capital Kyiv, mayor says

Several explosions were heard in Ukraine’s capital Kyiv after missile strikes on infrastructure, the city’s mayor said, according to an NBC News translation.

Mayor Vitaliy Klychko said one person was sent to the hospital and that services were already working on the affected sites.

The mayor of another city in the region, Brovary, also urged residents to remain calm and in safe places after reports of enemy fire in the area.

CNBC was not able to confirm the report. Military developments on the ground remain difficult to confirm in a rapidly shifting situation.

— Christine Wang

UK says Russia using separatist forces in eastern Ukraine

Ukrainian forces in the contested eastern city of Sieverodonetsk have been facing off against Russian-led Separatist Forces originating from Luhansk, the U.K.’s Ministry of Defence said.

The ministry said these forces are poorly equipped and trained and lack heavy equipment, as compared with regular Russian units. It said using proxy troops is a Russian tactic that was previously seen in Syria and suggests a desire to limit casualties among Moscow’s own forces.

CNBC was not able to immediately confirm the troop movements. Military developments can be difficult or impossible to confirm in the fluid situation on the ground.

— Christine Wang

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