Al Jazeera seems to be on the foremost occasions that marked the twenty second week of the struggle in Ukraine:
Ukrainian forces repel a Russian assault on Bohorodychne, a city within the enamel of the Russian advance within the japanese area of Donetsk. Russian forces must take Bohorodychne to advance on Sloviansk and Kramatorsk, within the coronary heart of the a part of Donetsk nonetheless managed by Ukraine. Russian forces could have secured Berestove, shifting nearer to their goal of Bakhmut, which is crossed by two logistics highways.
The Contact Group on the Defence of Ukraine meets for the fourth time and pledges undisclosed weapons deliveries.
The EU agrees to ban Russian gold and freezes the belongings of Sberbank, Russia’s high lender, as a part of a seventh set of sanctions. Russia is the world’s second-largest gold producer, making $15.45bn in gross sales final yr.
In an interview with Russian newspaper Ria Novosti, Russian international minister Sergey Lavrov mentioned Russia had departed from its shrunken official purpose of occupying the 2 japanese areas of Luhansk and Donetsk, saying Zaporizhia and Kherson within the south are additionally essential.
Ukrainian army intelligence reviews that Russia is exporting stolen Ukrainian grain. Two Russian dry bulk carriers loaded with a complete of 54,000 tonnes of such grain, the Matros Koshka and Matros Pozhynich, had been reportedly refused entry in Beirut and had been redirected to Latakia and Tartus in Syria. Ukraine says Russia plans to truck the stolen grain from there to consumers within the Center East.
EU excessive consultant Josep Borrell says EU members agreed to launch a fifth tranche of army help to Ukraine value 500 million euros ($507m).
Russia shells settlements in Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts with out making any vital advances. Ukraine’s basic workers say their forces repulsed a Russian assault within the neighborhood of the Lysychansk refinery, displaying that Luhansk oblast continues to be not solely below Russian management.
Within the southern Kherson area, Ukraine says it has destroyed a Russian ammunition warehouse.
Mykolaiv state administrator Vitalyi Kim says Russia fires seven S-300 anti-air missiles into Mykolaiv metropolis, putting a petroleum station and a fuel line, amongst different issues. The shelling of Mykolaiv district additionally continues, he says.
Ukrainian intelligence spokesman Kyrylo Skibitskyi says Ukraine estimates that Russia has used up 55-60 p.c of its whole pre-war shares of Iskander, Kalibr and Kh-101 and Kh555 precision-guided missiles throughout the struggle in Ukraine. The Iskander are land-based ballistic missiles. The Kalibr are ship-launched cruise missiles. Kh-101 and Kh-555 are air-launched cruise missiles.
Ukraine’s basic workers says the following British army assist package deal will embrace 50,000 rounds of howitzer shells, a whole lot of drones and 1,600 anti-tank missiles.
Russian forces shelled the town of Sloviansk, says the army administrator of Donetsk oblast Pavlo Kirilenko. Nonetheless, they did not make any advances in the direction of it or Siversk, which is nearer to the Russian entrance line.
Ukraine’s southern command says two ammunition depots had been broken.
Russia and Ukraine signal a UN-brokered settlement permitting the export of Ukrainian grain by way of the Black Sea. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy confirms an settlement has been reached permitting Ukraine to export final yr’s and this yr’s grain harvests.
Ukraine’s army intelligence chief, Kyrylo Budanov, says fears that Russia would possibly use thenaval hall that was demined for grain exports to ship a touchdown pressure to Ukraine had been “completely unrealistic”.
“The coast is already protected by coastal missile complexes, which make such actions completely unattainable,” Budanov says. “We don’t see any threats from a army viewpoint. There’s a developed fairway. Vessels will solely transfer alongside this fairway. No a part of the coast, aside from the indicated fairway, shall be demined,” Budanov says.
Russia says it destroyed 4 HIMARS launchers between July 5 and 20. Kyiv denies the declare.
Two Russian Kalibr cruise missiles hit the port of Odesa, one in every of a number of ports included within the worldwide settlement on grain exports signed the day prior to this. Ukraine says it intercepted one other two missiles.
Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy says defenders in Kherson are advancing “step-by-step” to retake misplaced territory.
Ukraine’s southern command says it has destroyed an ammunition depot and 54 anti-aircraft weapons.
Ukraine’s army intelligence says Russia is making ready a brand new misinformation marketing campaign in regards to the bombing of the Mariupol theatre, the bloodiest atrocity of the struggle, during which a whole lot of civilians had been killed. Russia has reportedly invited movie crews to file a story of how the theatre was full of explosives and blown up from inside.
Ukraine’s army intelligence says Russia has forcibly recruited civilian pilots within the struggle towards Ukraine, underlining Russia’s manpower shortages.
Russian defence ministry officers say the assault on the port of Odesa solely hit army targets. “Within the seaport within the metropolis of Odesa, on the territory of a shipyard, sea-based high-precision long-range missiles destroyed a docked Ukrainian warship and a warehouse with Harpoon anti-ship missiles equipped by the US to the Kyiv regime,” ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov mentioned.
Ukraine’s basic workers say their forces repelled an assault in Verkhnokamyanka, Luhansk oblast, suggesting that Russian forces haven’t solely secured the province. Russian floor forces make a failed try on Siversk, the city on the apex of the Russian salient. In neighbouring Donetsk, Wagner mercenaries reportedly take management of Novoluhanske, a city from which Ukrainian forces could have tactically withdrawn.
Ukraine’s southern command says it has destroyed an S-300 anti-aircraft missile battery.
Ukraine’s basic workers report that Russian commanders are responding to the sabotage of armoured autos – by troops who’re unwilling to combat – by sending troops into battle with out armour.
Ukraine’s agriculture minister, Mykola Solskyi, says Ukraine has $10bn value of grain able to export, and an extra $20bn value of agricultural merchandise that may very well be exported after that.
Ukrainian infrastructure minister Oleksandr Kubrakov, says Ukraine will accompany convoys of grain ships with rescue ships, and that they are going to comply with rigorously mapped, mine-cleared corridors.
Ukrainian defence minister Oleksyi Reznikov says the primary Gepard German self-propelled anti-aircraft weapons are within the nation.
The pinnacle of army intelligence, Kirill Budanov, can even head the Intelligence Committee, fashioned on June 17 by presidential decree, to coordinate the actions of intelligence businesses.
Ukraine’s army intelligence says Russian army hospitals are swamped with the wounded from the entrance and can’t cope. It says Russia plans to ship extra medical personnel to occupied areas close to the entrance traces.
Ukraine says Russia has restored high-tension energy cables in occupied Kherson and is stealing Ukrainian electrical energy to be used in Crimea. Ukraine minimize the cables after Crimea’s annexation in 2015.
Luhansk governor Serhiy Haidai says Russian forces nonetheless haven’t managed to take all the province, and combating continues in villages near the border with Donetsk. Russian forces make restricted floor assaults in the direction of Siversk, and northeast of Bakhmut.
Within the south, Ukrainian forces proceed to degrade Russian combating capabilities, destroying a command publish and ammunition warehouse in northern Kherson oblast.
Russian fighter planes within the Black Sea launch 5 Kh59 and eight Kh22 missiles into Odesa and Zatoka areas. Ukraine’s army intelligence says Russian forces are partially restoring a concrete manufacturing unit in Melitopol to fix the runway within the metropolis and construct long-term firing positions.
Ukraine’s basic workers say the newest US army package deal value $175mn will embrace 4 HIMARS, 580 Phoenix Ghost kamikaze drones, anti-tank weapons and ammunition.
Ukrainian air pressure spokesman Yuryi Ignat says US-supplied NASAMS medium-range anti-aircraft missile batteries haven’t but been deployed. The US says it has equipped two such batteries.
Ukraine’s air pressure says 4 Kalibr cruise missiles had been fired at Khmelnytskyi in western Ukraine and all 4 had been shot down.
“The effectiveness of using air defence forces will increase exactly as a result of human issue,” says Ignat. “We’re gaining expertise that we didn’t have earlier than, we’re higher organising the interplay between models, and it is a notification system, and goal detection, and decision-making.”
Russian state firm Gazprom says it would halve fuel provide by way of the Nordstream 1 pipeline to twenty p.c of capability, or 33mcm a day. EU vitality ministers agree to cut back using pure fuel by 15 p.c between August this yr and March 2023.