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The Russo-Ukrainian War: What We Know on Day 116 of the Invasion | Ukraine

  • NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Russia’s war in Ukraine could take years. We must prepare for the fact that it may take years. “We must not fail to support Ukraine,” he said. “Even if the costs are high, not only for military support, but also because of rising energy and food prices.”

  • Russia was sending a large number of reserve forces to Sievierodonetsk from other combat zones To try to take full control of the besieged eastern city, the ruler of Ukraine Luhansk District said on Sunday. “Today, tomorrow or the day after tomorrow, they will throw away all the reserves they have…because there are a lot of them already there, and they are in critical mass,” Serhi Gaidai said on national television.

  • A large explosion rocked an area near Severodonetsk on Saturday. Rodion Miroshnik, an official in the alleged separatist administration of the Luhansk People’s Republic, posted a video of what he said was the cloud on the Telegram messaging app.

  • On Saturday, five civilians were killed in Ukrainian strikes on the eastern separatist city of Donetsk, according to local authorities. “As a result of the bombing by Ukrainian forces, five people were killed and 12 others were wounded in the Donetsk People’s Republic,” the authorities said in a statement on the Telegram website.

  • Several Russian missiles hit a gas station in the Izyum region of eastern Ukraine. Kharkiv region governor Ole Sinihopov said on Saturday. “A large-scale fire has broken out, and rescuers have located the fire,” he wrote on the Telegram messaging app. Reuters reported that he added that some other buildings were also damaged.

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  • Russian missiles destroyed a fuel storage depot in the eastern Ukrainian city of Novomoskovsk on Saturday. According to the head of the regional administration, three people were taken to the hospital.

  • The Pentagon is considering sending four additional missile launchers to UkrainePolitico Reports. According to US Department of Defense officials, who spoke to the port anonymously, the United States will likely send four highly mobile artillery missile systems, bringing the total number to about eight. The official told Politico that the decision “will be based on Ukraine’s immediate needs.”

  • The Kyiv Independent newspaper reported that Russia and Ukraine held a prisoner exchange. Five captured Ukrainian personnel were returned to Ukraine on June 18 in exchange for five captured Russian personnel, according to the Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.

  • Yulia Bayevska AKA “Taira”, the Ukrainian paramedic who was captured from Russian captivity during the week, released a video thanking Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for her release. “I always believed that everything would be exactly this way, and everyone who is now on the other side knows that everything will work out,” she said.

  • Zelensky presented official awards to Odessa border guards while visiting troops in southern Ukraine on Saturday. “I would like to thank you from the people of Ukraine, and from our country, for the wonderful work you are doing, for your heroic service,” said the president. “It is important that you are alive. As long as you are alive, there is a strong Ukrainian wall that protects our country.”

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