- Dozens of Russian missiles have simultaneously hit military facilities in western and northern Ukraine, local officials say.
- The British defence ministry says Russia has likely withdrawn several generals from key command roles in the war in Ukraine this month.
- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has expressed concern that Ukraine could face pressure to agree to a peace deal with Russia that was not in its interests due to the economic consequences of the war in Europe.
- Ukrainian forces will “have to be withdrawn” from the mostly Russian-occupied battleground city of Severodonetsk, the Luhansk governor says.
Dozens of Russian missiles hit military facilities across Ukraine
Dozens of Russian missiles have rained down on military facilities in western and northern Ukraine, local officials said.
Six missiles were fired from the Black Sea at the Yavoriv base in the Lviv region in western Ukraine, governor Maxim Kozytskyi said in a video posted online.
In the Chernihiv region, also in the north, governor Vyacheslav Chaus said the small town of Desna, which is home to a training centre for Ukraine’s infantry forces, had come under fire. Chaus did not specify what had been hit, but said there had been “infrastructure damage.” There were no casualties, he added.
Russian missiles hit Yavoriv military base near Lviv: Governor
A Russian strike on the Yavoriv military facility in western Ukraine has wounded four people, Lviv governor Maksym Kozytskyy has said in a video post.
An attack on the military training facility in March killed 35 people and wounded at least 130, according to Ukrainian officials.
British intelligence says Russia removed key generals from Ukraine
The British defence ministry says Russia likely withdrew several generals from key command roles in the Ukraine conflict this month.
“Since the start of June, the Russian high command has highly likely removed several generals from key operational command roles in the war in Ukraine,” the ministry said in its daily Twitter update.
They include the commander of Airborne Forces, General-Colonel Andrei Serdyukov, whose 30-year-long service has been “dogged with allegations of corruption and brutality”.
UK fears Ukraine will be coerced to make a ‘bad peace’: PM
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he feared Ukraine could face pressure to agree to a peace deal with Russia that was not in its interests, due to the economic consequences of the war in Europe.
“Too many countries are saying this is a European war that is unnecessary … and so the pressure will grow to encourage – coerce, maybe – the Ukrainians to a bad peace,” he told broadcasters in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, where he was attending a Commonwealth summit.
Johnson said the consequences of Russian President Vladimir Putin being able to get his way in Ukraine would be dangerous to international security and “a long-term economic disaster”.
Ukrainian forces ordered to withdraw from key city of Severodonetsk
Ukrainian forces have been ordered to withdraw from the key battleground city of Severodonetsk after weeks of fierce street fighting, in order to limit further casualties and regroup.
“That’s why our defenders who are there have already been ordered to withdraw to new positions and conduct normal, fully fledged military operations from there,” he said.
Severodonetsk was already mostly under the control of Russian troops, even if they still met resistance. The move will be seen by Russia as a significant victory.