As Russia bombs civilian residential areas, the president of Ukraine promises to continue fighting.
According to a presidential advisor, Ukrainian Special Forces continue to direct artillery fire at Russian-backed soldiers in Sievierodonetsk. Since losing control of the southern port of Mariupol in May, the city’s loss represents the worst defeat for Kyiv. President Volodymyr Zelensky declares, “We have no idea how long it will endure.” However, he makes no mention of these troops’ direct opposition. Saturday, Russia also blasted missiles throughout Ukraine, killing at least three people.
The United Kingdom is prepared to guarantee an additional $525 million in World Bank loans to Ukraine later this year, bringing its total budgetary assistance to $1.5 billion. The sixth month of Europe’s most significant land battle since World War II has begun. Russia asserts that Luhansk and Donetsk, where it has supported revolutions since 2014, are sovereign nations.