The Russian invasion of Ukraine lasts 127 days. The aggressor’s troops are trying to block Lisichansk in the Luhansk region and take control of the road from that city to Bakhmut in the Donetsk region, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported. Here are the highlights of the last hours.
> The Ukrainian military intelligence said that it was the largest so far exchange of prisoners of war from Russia. As a result, 144 Ukrainian soldiers, including 95 defenders of the Azovstal metallurgical plant in Mariupol, returned home, but most of them are seriously injured. The youngest dismissed soldier is 19 years old and the oldest 65.
> British authorities sanctioned another 13 people and entities from Russia. Among them are Russia’s second richest man, Vladimir Potanin, and Putin’s cousin, Anna Cywilowa.
> As reported by the General Staff of the Armed Forces Ukraine, the aggressor’s troops are trying to block Lisichansk in the Luhansk region and take control of the road from that city to Bakhmut in the Donetsk region. Lisichansk is an important point of resistance in this region – it is the last major city in the region controlled by Ukrainian forces.
> Polish Krab self-propelled howitzers are successfully operating at the front in Ukraine, General Valery Załużny, the commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, stated on Facebook on Wednesday. “The Armed Forces of Ukraine are sincerely grateful to the Polish people for effective support and help. We feel your helpful arm,” he wrote.
> President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky in his regular speech on social media, on the day he is at the top FOR THIS In Madrid, a new strategic concept of the alliance was formulated, recognizing Russia as the most important threat to the security of allies and peace and stability in the Euro-Atlantic area, stressing that it was impossible to guarantee security in Europe without Ukraine.
> During the second day of the NATO summit in Madrid, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson will announce the UK donation of another £ 1bn for military support to Ukraine, the British government said.
> We have frozen approximately $ 330 billion in funds belonging to the Russian elite and the central bank since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the international task force on sanctions to which Ukraine’s allies belong said in a statement REPO (Russian Elites, Proxies, and Oligarchs) in a statement.
> The Russian car industry took note in May record decline in production. Last month, only 3,720 cars were produced, compared to about 112,000 cars in the same period a year earlier, the Reuters Agency reported, citing data from the state statistical office. That’s a 97 percent decrease.
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