President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has marked 100 days since Russia’s unprovoked invasion by vowing victory at the same time as Moscow tightens its grip on the Donbas with the help of fierce bombardment that has turned a lot of the area to rubble.
The Kremlin mentioned Russian troops “liberated” many areas in Ukraine from the Ukrainian army, with spokesman Dmitry Peskov claiming on June 3 that “this work will proceed till all of the objectives of the particular army operation are achieved.”
However Zelenskiy, in a quick however defiant video message, mentioned Ukrainians have been efficiently defending their nation for 100 days in opposition to Russian aggression and can proceed to take action.
“The armed forces of Ukraine are additionally right here…the individuals of our nation are right here. We’re defending Ukraine for 100 days already. Victory shall be ours,” Zelenskiy mentioned.
The video highlighted Ukrainian unity, with Zelenskiy flanked by a few of his closest allies as they stood in entrance of the Ukrainian presidential workplace. Zelenskiy and his workforce appeared in an identical video in the identical location on February 25 — a day after Russia launched its invasion.
Again then, Zelenskiy had simply declined provides by the West to be evacuated from Kyiv, saying, “I would like ammunition, not a experience.”
On the battlefield, Ukrainian forces have managed to stave off Russia’s livid offensive in the important thing jap metropolis of Syevyerodonetsk, Zelenskiy mentioned in a message late on June 2.
“Now we have some success within the battles in Syevyerodonetsk,” Zelenskiy mentioned, including, “But it surely’s too early to inform.” He mentioned that general, the scenario stays “very troublesome.”
Britain’s Protection Ministry mentioned in its day by day intelligence bulletin on June 3 that in comparison with Russia’s authentic plan, none of Moscow’s strategic goals have been reached.
“Russian forces failed to attain their preliminary goals to grab Kyiv and Ukrainian facilities of presidency,” the British intelligence bulletin mentioned. “Staunch Ukrainian resistance and the failure to safe Hostomel airfield [near Kyiv] within the first 24 hours led to Russian offensive operations being repulsed.”
Home-to-house preventing continued in Syevyrodonetsk, which officers have mentioned is managed 80 p.c by Russian forces, as Ukrainian forces battle to carry off Russian troops whereas they await the arrival of the superior weapons that Washington has pledged.
Ukrainian troops mentioned on June 3 that they made important progress throughout an offensive in opposition to Russian positions within the occupied southern area of Kherson. The Territorial Protection AZOV Dnipro unit mentioned its forces liberated 8 kilometers of “occupied territory.”
British intelligence estimated in its bulletin that Russia now controls greater than 90 p.c of the Luhansk area in jap Ukraine and is prone to full management of the area within the subsequent two weeks.
However the bulletin cautioned that Russia’s latest tactical successes have come at important price by way of sources and that pattern will probably proceed.
“To ensure that Russia to attain any type of success would require continued big funding of manpower and tools, and is prone to take appreciable additional time,” the British intelligence concluded.
In Washington, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg mentioned the battle has develop into “a battle of attrition.”
“Wars are by nature unpredictable and subsequently we simply should be ready for the lengthy haul,” Stoltenberg instructed reporters after assembly with U.S. President Joe Biden on the White Home.
In Moscow, African Union head Macky Sall on June 3 urged President Vladimir Putin to take into consideration the struggling in African international locations from meals shortages brought on by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Putin hosted Sall, who’s the president of Senegal and at the moment chairs the African Union, at his Black Sea residence in Sochi, with international meals shortages and grain provides caught in Ukrainian ports excessive on the agenda.
Sall requested Putin to “develop into conscious that our international locations, even when they’re removed from the theater (of motion), are victims on an financial stage” of the battle.
Putin didn’t point out grain provides however mentioned Russia was “all the time on Africa’s aspect” and was now eager to ramp up cooperation.
Putin has mentioned Moscow is able to search for methods to ship grain blocked in Ukrainian ports however has demanded the West carry sanctions.
Cereal costs in Africa, the world’s poorest continent, have spiked due to the stoop in exports from Ukraine.