​Day 98th of War Between Ukraine and Russian Federation (Live Updates)

Defense Express collects operative information on russia's invasion of Ukraine – official sources and senior Ukrainian authorities' announcements
This piece of russian armor is one of the many equipment seized by Ukrainian forces / Photo credit: 59th Motorized Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine
This piece of russian armor is one of the many equipment seized by Ukrainian forces / Photo credit: 59th Motorized Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

The intense fighting in the city of Severodonetsk has caught up the attention of all media, experts and intelligence services. Being one of the few major cities controlled by Ukraine in Luhansk region, it is assaulted by russian invasion forces, with their devastating indiscriminate attacks that pay no respect to the fact that there are dangerous industrial facilities containing hazardous substances located there

Brief Facts:

  • Lithuanian Minister of Defense signed with the President of the Turkish Defense Agency to purchase a Bayraktar strike drone for Ukraine
  • The White House has officially confirmed, that the United States will provide Ukraine with HIMARS
  • The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy: 60-100 Ukrainian soldiers killed per day and around 500 wounded.
  • The head of the Kryvyi Rih military administration, Oleksandr Vilkul: russian soldiers build fortification near Kryvyi Rih.
  • EU to impose an oil embargo on russia.
  • U.S. to announce more military help to Ukraine "in coming days" – StateDept.

Side note: news are marked in accordance with the Kyiv time zone: Eastern European Time (EET), GMT/UTC+2

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00:59 According to the report of the Joint Forces Task Forces (JFTF), all over the defense line, russian troops used combat aviation, multiple launch rocket systems, cannon artillery, tanks, mortar systems, launching missile and air strikes on civil infrastructure facilities and residential areas.

The occupiers fired on 25 settlements in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, destroying and damaging 73 civilian objects, including 67 houses, Citizens' Safety Center, AZOT enterprise, furniture and central concentrator factories, and police department. As a result, at least 3 civilians were killed and 3 others were injured. Data on the exact number of dead, wounded, destroyed and damaged in both areas are being clarified.

Ukrainian fighters repulsed 13 enemy attacks in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) area over the past day.

The following enemy armored vehicles were destroyed:

  • 2 Tank;
  • 6 artillery systems;
  • 8 armored vehicles;
  • 4 automobile vehicles;

Air defense units shot down 7 russian Orlan-10 drones.

Illustrative photo / russian UAV Orlan 10, that was destroyed by Ukrainian troops
Illustrative photo / russian UAV Orlan 10, that was destroyed by Ukrainian troops

As Defense Express reported, about russians are facing non-stop military losses on Ukrainian soil. About 30700 agressor's troops eliminated, 1022 air targets (excluding cruise missiles) of invaders were shot down, thousands of tanks, armored vehicles and tracks were destroyed by defenders of Ukraine during 24.02 to 01.06.

00:31 A transport infrastructure facility has been hit in Russia’s missile strike on Lviv Region. Reportedly, two people were injured.

The relevant statement was made by Lviv Regional Military Administration Head Maksym Kozytskyi on Telegram, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

“According to the preliminary data, a missile hit a transport infrastructure facility. Two people were injured. No people have been reported killed so far. The data are yet to be updated,” Kozytskyi wrote.

A reminder that, in the evening of June 1, 2022, explosions were heard in Lviv Region’s Stryi District during the air raid alert.

00:08 The Lithuanian Minister of Defense said that an agreement had been signed with the President of the Turkish Defense Agency to purchase a Bayraktar strike drone for Ukraine. € 6 million was raised by Lithuanian citizens.

23:01 According to the Joint Forces Task Forces (JFTF) report, all over the defense line, russian troops used combat aviation, multiple launch rocket systems, cannon artillery, tanks, mortar systems, launching missile and air strikes on civil infrastructure facilities and residential areas.

The occupiers fired on 25 settlements in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, destroying and damaging 73 civilian objects, including 67 houses, Citizens' Safety Center, AZOT enterprise, furniture and central concentrator factories, and police department. As a result, at least 3 civilians were killed and 3 others were injured. Data on the exact number of dead, wounded, destroyed and damaged in both areas are being clarified.

Ukrainian fighters repulsed 13 enemy attacks in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) area over the past day.

The following enemy armored vehicles were destroyed:

  • 2 Tank;
  • 6 artillery systems;
  • 8 armored vehicles;
  • 4 automobile vehicles;

Air defense units shot down 7 russian Orlan-10 drones.

As Defense Express reported, about russians are facing non-stop military losses on Ukrainian soil. About 30700 agressor's troops eliminated, 1022 air targets (excluding cruise missiles) of invaders were shot down, thousands of tanks, armored vehicles and tracks were destroyed by defenders of Ukraine during 24.02 to 01.06.

22:15 According to the Head of the Kherson Regional Military Administration Hennadiy Lahuta statement at the nationwide telethon, in Kherson region, more than 20 populated localities have been liberated at the side of Dnipropetrovsk region. The Armed Forces of Ukraine continue to move forward, liberating Kherson region, he stressed.

Lahuta also noted that about 50% of the population had left Kherson region.

As reported, fighting continues on the line of contact in the south of the country. The Armed Forces of Ukraine launched the counter-offensive in some places but the occupiers try to resist, blowing up bridges over the Inhulets River near Davydiv Brid and Velyka Oleksandrivka.

Photo for illustration
Photo for illustration

21:58 According to the Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of Defense (Media) Todd Breasseale statment, June 1, the Department of Defense (DoD) announced the authorization of a Presidential Drawdown of security assistance valued at up to $700 million, tailored to meet critical Ukrainian needs for today’s fight. This authorization is the eleventh drawdown of equipment from DoD inventories for Ukraine since August 2021.

Capabilities in this package include:

  • High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems and ammunition;
  • Five counter-artillery radars;
  • Two air surveillance radars;
  • 1,000 Javelins and 50 Command Launch Units;
  • 6,000 anti-armor weapons;
  • 15,000 155mm artillery rounds;
  • Four Mi-17 helicopters;
  • 15 tactical vehicles;
  • Spare parts and equipment.
Ukrainian servicemen unpack Javelin anti-tank missiles, delivered as part of the United States of America's security assistance to Ukraine, at the Boryspil airport, Ukraine, several month ago. AP

The United States has now committed approximately $5.3 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since the beginning of the Biden Administration, including approximately $4.6 billion since the beginning of Russia’s unprovoked invasion on February 24. Since 2014, the United States has committed more than $7.3 billion in security assistance to Ukraine.

The United States also continues to work with its Allies and partners to identify and provide Ukraine with capabilities to meet its evolving battlefield requirements.

21:32 The mayor of Mykolayiv Oleksandr Sienkevych told about the consequences of todayʼs attack on the city by occupiers. 2 high-rise buildings, 4 private houses, and outbuildings were damaged. One person died at the scene, another died at the hospital. There are also two wounded.

20:15 The White House has officially confirmed, that the United States will provide Ukraine with HIMARS. According to the offisial statement President of the USA J.Biden announces today: "I am announcing a significant new security assistance package to provide timely and critical aid to the Ukrainian military. Thanks to the additional funding for Ukraine, passed with overwhelmingly bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress, the United States will be able to keep providing Ukraine with more of the weapons that they are using so effectively to repel Russian attacks. This new package will arm them with new capabilities and advanced weaponry, including HIMARS with battlefield munitions, to defend their territory from Russian advances. We will continue to lead the world in providing historic assistance to support Ukraine’s fight for freedom".

The US President J.Biden

20:00 In Kherson oblast, more than 20 settlements have been liberated from the side of Dnipropetrovsk oblast, said the head of the Kherson Oblast Military Administration Hennadiy Lahuta on a telethon.

19:44 The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has released the new operational update on the state of warfare as of 18:00 on June 1, 2022.

Here are some key points of the report:

  • In the Volyn and Polissya areas, the main efforts of the Armed Forces of the republic of belarus are focused on conducting reconnaissance, engineering equipment of positions and conducting combat training activities. Mobilization exercises with military commissariats in the Gomel region are planned for June-July this year. The enemy remains threatened by missile and air strikes from the territory of the republic of belarus.
  • In the Siversky direction, russian enemy did not take active action, no signs of the formation of strike groups were found. In order to demonstrate the presence and restraint of units of the Defense Forces, the enemy continues to maintain units of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in the border areas of the Bryansk and Kursk regions.
  • From the territory of the Kursk region, russian enemy fired artillery at units of the Defense Forces in the areas of the settlements of Bilopillya and Stukalivka, Sumy oblast.
  • In the Kharkiv direction, the main efforts of russian enemy are focused on maintaining the occupied borders and restraining the advance of our troops. In order to reduce the offensive potential of our troops, the enemy fires at the positions of the Defense Forces with barrel and jet artillery in the areas of the settlements of Ruski Tyshky, Zolochiv and Derhachi.
  • In the Slovyansk direction, russian enemy fired artillery at our units in the areas of Svyatohirsk and Ridne. It led the offensive in the direction of Dovhenky and Dibrivny, suffered losses and withdrew.
  • In the Donetsk direction, russian enemy launched airstrikes with operational and tactical aircraft in the areas of Avdiivka, New York, Novoselivka, Shcherbakiv and army aircraft - near the settlements of Rota, Pokrovske and Novoselivka.
  • In the Sievierodonetsk direction, the enemy is conducting assault operations in the settlement of Severodonetsk, has partial success, has established control over the eastern part of the city.
  • In the Bakhmut direction, russian enemy is storming the village of Komyshuvakha, without success.
  • russian occupiers did not conduct active hostilities in the Avdiivka, Kurakhiv, Novopavliv and Zaporizhzhia areas.
  • In the South Buh direction, russian enemy continues to equip the positions and frontiers. Conducted air reconnaissance in the settlements of Ivanivka, Lepetykha and Zelenodolsk.
  • The enemy increased the intensity of fire damage to our troops with mortars and artillery in the areas of the settlements of Snihurivka, Vysokopillya and Zolota Balka. Continues shelling of objects of civil infrastructure and residential quarters, shelled the city of Mykolayiv.
  • In the Bessarabian direction, no significant changes in the activities of enemy units are observed.
  • In the temporarily occupied territories, the enemy continues to take measures to restrict the rights and freedoms of Ukrainian citizens, restrict movement, carry out filtering measures and deepen the humanitarian crisis in these territories. russian servicemen rob civilians. In some settlements, the enemy organizes the restoration of damaged military equipment at the facilities of local enterprises. Thus, the repair of military equipment was found in the city of Berislav in the Berislav Machine-Building Plant.
  • russian occupiers blocked access of Ukrainian residents to Ukrainian mobile operators and the Internet in almost the entire temporarily occupied territory.
Russian drone Orlan-10, that was shoot down in Ukraine
Russian drone Orlan-10, that was shoot down in Ukraine

19:00 The US secretary of state Ukraine 'will not use US weapons to strike Russia'.

The US secretary of state, Antony Blinken, has been speaking at a joint news conference with Nato’s secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, where he said Ukraine has given “assurances” that it will not use long-range weapons systems provided by Washington against targets on Russian territory, The Guardian reports.

The new weapons package heading to Ukraine is “precisely what they need” and will strengthen their hand at any negotiations in the future, he said.

Regarding concerns about Russia interpreting the weapons package to Ukraine as escalatory, Blinken said that the US president, Joe Biden, had been clear with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, about the consequences of the Russian invasion.

The US secretary of state, Antony Blinken and Nato’s secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg at a joint news conference on Wednesday, June 1, Defense Express
The US secretary of state, Antony Blinken and Nato’s secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg at a joint news conference on Wednesday, June 1

Blinken said: “There was no hiding the ball. We’ve been extremely clear about this from day one with President Biden communicating that directly to President Putin. So we have done exactly what we said we would do.”

He said Putin had wanted less Nato but instead, “he is getting more Nato, more troops and more members”.

The US cannot predict how long the conflict will continue, Blinken continued, but it will make sure Ukraine is equipped with what it needs to defend itself effectively.

Blinken said: “We can’t predict how this is going to play out, when this is going to play out. As best we can assess right now, we are still looking at many months of conflict.’

18:35 The Ukrainian warriors are already mastering the use of British Wolfhound armored vehicles

The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine said this in a Facebook post, Ukrinform reports.

"Our defenders are already mastering the use of Wolfhounds - British armored tactical support vehicles. [...] The armored vehicles came to Ukraine from Britain as part of a defensive aid package for our country, including the army. We are grateful to British friends for their support!" the post reads.

Find more details on the theme in a publication by Defense Express:

Ukraine's Armed Forces Already Using British Wolfhound Heavy Tactical Support Vehicles

The Wolfhounds transferred to Ukraine are equipped with 12.7mm Browning M2 large-caliber machine guns, Defense Express
The Wolfhounds transferred to Ukraine are equipped with 12.7mm Browning M2 large-caliber machine guns

18:15 Switzerland blocks shipment of armored vehicles to Ukraine.

The Swiss government has rejected Denmark’s request to send 20 Piranha III infantry fighting vehicles to Ukraine, Swiss broadcaster SRF reported.

Denmark needs Switzerland’s agreement because they were produced there, and Switzerland bans the export of Swiss-made weapons to conflict zones due to its neutral status. Earlier Switzerland also rejected the supplies of weapons from Germany and Poland to Ukraine, The Kyiv Independent reports citing Reuters.

Switzerland blocked the delivery of Piranha III armored personnel carriers from Denmark to Ukraine, Defense Express

Switzerland blocked the delivery of Piranha III armored personnel carriers from Denmark to Ukraine

17:35 Russian aircraft fire six missiles at Sumy region.

Russian troops have attacked border settlements in the Sumy region, firing six missiles from aircraft.

The Operational Command North said this on Facebook.

"The occupiers continue to fire on the border settlements of the Sumy region. At about 13:25, observers recorded two jet aircraft that launched about six missiles from Russia along the Ukrainian border toward the settlement of Hudove," the statement said, Ukrinform reports.

17:15 Belarus has been actively removing tanks and infantry fighting vehicles from storage for over a week already. According to Ukraine’s military, this equipment might be intended for the russian armed forces combat needs. Considering that according to the Armed Forces of Ukraine 1361 russia’s tanks have been destroyed as on June 1. To understand the scale of the losses, before the invasion of the russian army had 3300 combat-ready tanks, according to the Military Balance website. They were divided by type: 2420 units of T-72, 550 units of T-80, and 360 units of T-90.

Find more details on the theme in a publication by Defense Express:

Russia Has a Fast Scenario to Recover Tank Losses: What the Armed Forces of Ukraine Should Be Ready For

T-72 of the Belarussian Army / Illustrative photo from open sources, Defense Express
T-72 of the Belarussian Army / Illustrative photo from open sources

16:35 Head of the Sievierodonetsk military administration: Just 20% of Sievierodonetsk in Ukrainian hands.

Ukrainian forces are holding just 20% of the eastern city of Sievierodonetsk, the largest still held by Kyiv in the Luhansk region, according to the Ukrainian head of the city administration, Oleksandr Stryuk, The Guardian reports.

There is still hope, however, that Ukrainian forces can prevent Russia from taking full control of the city, he said.

Russian forces now control 60% of the city while the rest has become “no-man’s land”, Stryuk told Reuters.

Stryuk said: “The 20% is being fiercely defended by our armed forces. Our troops are holding defensive lines. Attempts are being made to drive out the Russian troops. We have hope that despite everything we will free the city and not allow it to be completely occupied.”

Authorities describe conditions in Sievierodonetsk as reminiscent of Mariupol, Defense Express
Authorities describe conditions in Sievierodonetsk as reminiscent of Mariupol / Photo credit: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images

16:00 Ukraine’s Finance Minister: War budget makes up three-quarters of Ukraine's budget.

Ukraine's monthly expenses during the war exceed UAH 200 billion, the lion's share of the funds goes to the army and military needs, while the budget receives UAH 54-56 billion from taxes, Finance Minister Serhiy Marchenko said.

"The war budget makes up three-quarters of the entire budget of Ukraine, so we spend about the same amount," he said in an interview with mind.ua.

Find more details on the theme in a publication by Interfax-Ukraine.

15:20 Residents of Sievierodonetsk, Luhansk, have been told to remain in bomb shelters after a strike on a chemical factory created a toxic cloud.

Footage shows brown plumes of gas ascending after a container with chemicals was blown up at the Azot chemical works, The Guardian reports.

The factory, one of Ukraine’s biggest chemical works, employs about 7,000 people.

14:45 Germany to send 'most modern' air defense systems to Ukraine.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said the country would send its “most modern air defense system,” the IRIS-T, to Ukraine in the coming weeks. “This will enable Ukraine to protect an entire city from Russian air attacks,” he said.

Find more details on the theme in a publication by Defense Express:

Ukraine Could Get IRIS-T Air Defense System from Germany

The medium-range IRIS-T SLM air defense system, Defense Express
The medium-range IRIS-T SLM air defense system

14:15 Russian invaders currently control 70% of Sievierodonetsk, Luhansk region, but have not completely occupied the city.

Luhansk Regional Military Administration head Serhii Haidai addressed the issue during the national telethon, Luhansk RMA reports on Telegram.

"Today, indeed, 70% of Sievierodonetsk is controlled by the Russians, but the city has not yet been completely occupied," Haidai said, Ukrinform reports.

13:40 Mayor of Mariupol russians destroy over 1,000 high-rise buildings in Mariupol -

The occupiers have destroyed more than 1,000 high-rise residential buildings in Mariupol, Mayor Vadym Boichenko said.

An aerial view shows a residential building destroyed during Ukraine-russia war in Mariupol, Ukraine April 18, 2022 , Defense Express
An aerial view shows a residential building destroyed during Ukraine-russia war in Mariupol, Ukraine April 18, 2022 / Photo credit: Reuters

"There are 2,600 buildings in the city. They destroyed 50% to ashes - this is more than 1,000 buildings: these are our high-rise buildings, this is not a private sector, which is also destroyed in Mariupol," he said on the air of the national telethon #UArazom.

Earlier, adviser to the mayor of the city, Petro Andriuschenko said that the occupying authorities of Donetsk region were preparing to demolish most of the buildings they had shelled in Mariupol and, regardless of the condition of the apartments, intended to evict residents literally on the street.

12:53 Ministry of Defense of russia has announced about strategic nuclear force exercise.

Ministry of Defense of russia has announced about strategic nuclear force exercise, Defense Express, war in Ukraine, Russian-Ukrainian war
Photo credit: Getty images

"In Ivanovo region, autonomous launchers of the Yars mobile ground-based missile system manned by the Teikovsky group of the Strategic Missile Forces are carrying out intensive maneuvering on combat patrol routes as part of the exercises," the statement said, Ukrinform reports.

12:25 Spokesperson of the Rapid Reaction Brigade of the National Guard of Ukraine Kharytin Starskyi: Street and maneuver battles raging in Sievierodonetsk.

Spokesperson of the Rapid Reaction Brigade of the National Guard of Ukraine Kharytin Starskyi: Street and maneuver battles raging in Sievierodonetsk, Defense Express, war in Ukraine, Russian-Ukrainian war
Destroyed russia's BTR-82А / Illustrative photo from open sources

“As for Sievierodonetsk, the city has been seriously damaged with Russia’s bombardments, air and artillery strikes. Street and maneuver battles are raging there at the moment. The situation is rather challenging, but Ukrainian defenders are making every effort to hold back the enemy,” Starskyi told, Ukrinform reports.

12:00 A video of enemy BRDM-2 destruction by Ukraine’s Stugna was published by the 24th Separate Brigade.

11:35 The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has published a new summary of total combat losses of the enemy from 24.02 to 01.06.

According to the report, about 30700 aggressor’s troops eliminated, 1022 air targets (excluding cruise missiles) of invaders were shot down, thousands of tanks, armored vehicles and trucks were destroyed by defenders of Ukraine.

Find more details in the article by Defense Express: The 98th Day of the War: Russian Casualties in Ukraine

published a new summary of total combat losses of the enemy from 24.02 to 01.06, Defense Express, war in Ukraine, Russian-Ukrainian war
Illustrative photo from open sources

11:15 Ministry of Defense of Great Britain posted latest Defense Intelligence situation in Ukraine as of 1 June 2022.

Ministry of Defense of Great Britain posted latest Defense Intelligence situation in Ukraine as of 1 June 2022, Defense Express, war in Ukraine, Russian-Ukrainian war

10:55 General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine posted a successful artillery shelling on moving enemy armored vehicles.

10:20 Greece has a reasonable number of BMP-1 IFVs in storage and the country technically able to supply Ukraine with them, but there’s an obstacle appeared. And what does it have to do with Germany?

Read in the article by Defense Express: Germany And Greece Could Not Agree On the BMP-1 Supply For Ukraine

Germany And Greece Could Not Agree On the BMP-1 Supply For Ukraine, Defense Express, war in Ukraine, Russian-Ukrainian war
BMP-1 of the Greek Army armed with the ZU-23-2 / Illustrative photo from open sources

09:40 ThePresident of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy: 60-100 Ukrainian soldiers killed per day and around 500 wounded.

The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy: 60-100 Ukrainian soldiers killed per day and around 500 wounded, Defense Express, war in Ukraine, Russian-Ukrainian war
The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy / Open source photo

“The situation is very difficult. We’re losing 60-100 soldiers per day as killed in action and something around 500 people as wounded in action. So we are holding our defensive perimeters. The most difficult situation is in the east of Ukraine and southern Donetsk and Luhansk,” Zelenskyy told in an interview with the American TV channel Newsmax, Ukrinform reports.

09:05 The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has released an operational update on the state of warfare as of 06.00 on June 1, 2022.

According to Ukraine’s General Staff operational report, in the temporarily occupied territories, the enemy continues to commit illegal acts against the citizens of Ukraine.

Find more details in the article by Defense Express: Ukraine’s General Staff Operational Report: Invaders Fortify Occupied Areas, Vastly Apply Aviation In the East

Ukraine’s General Staff Operational Report: Invaders Fortify Occupied Areas, Vastly Apply Aviation In the East, Defense Express, war in Ukraine, Russian-Ukrainian war
Ukraine's artillery unit at work / Photo credit: the General Staff of Ukraine

08:55 Institute for the Study of War: Russia’s focus on seizing Sievierodonetsk creates vulnerabilities for its forces in Kherson Oblast.

Ukrainian counteroffensive in the northwestern part of the region, especially as much of the Russian operational focus is currently on the capture of Sievierodonetsk. Experts say that Kherson is “critical terrain because it is the only area of Ukraine in which Russian forces hold ground on the west bank of the Dnipro River.” If Russia is able to retain a strong lodgement in Kherson, it will be a very strong position from which to launch future invasion sorties, Kyiv Independent reports.

07:50 Operational Command South posted a recent update on situation in the south of Ukraine.

According to the report, the events development is dynamic: fighting continues on the line of contact and the enemy is looking for means and measures to counter the counteroffensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Russia’s special forces blew up bridges across the Inhulets River near Davydiv Brid and Velyka Oleksandrivka in Kherson Region.

Find more details in the article by Defense Express: Operational Command South: russians Destroy Bridges to Resist Ukraine’s Counter-Offensive, Shell Settlements With Tornado-S MLRS and 203mm Pion SPG

Operational Command South: russians Destroy Bridges to Resist Ukraine’s Counter-Offensive, Shell Settlements With Tornado-S MLRS and 203mm Pion SPG, Defense Express, war in Ukraine, Russian-Ukrainian war
Enemy's 203mm Pion SPG on the way to be eliminated / Open source photo

07:30 The head of the Kryvyi Rih military administration, Oleksandr Vilkul: russian soldiers build fortification near Kryvyi Rih.

He said the Ukrainian military is conducting successful combat operations south of the city, and the Russian forces are being forced to strengthen their defenses. “(Russian soldiers) are forced to strengthen their defensive positions, they even tear down slabs from roads to build fortifications,” Vilkul said, adding that they are also mining the coast of the Inhulets River, Kyiv Independent reports.

06:20 Enemy’s BMPT Terminator from the very beginning was a contraversary vehicle to apply and instead of bravery it caused laughter.

Find more details on the topic in the article by Defense Express: How the russians Tried to “Restart” the BMPT “Terminator’s” Failed Debut

How the russians Tried to “Restart” the BMPT “Terminator’s” Failed Debut, Defense Express, war in Ukraine, Russian-Ukrainian war
A column of russian BMPT "Terminators" in Luhansk region, Ukraine / Open source illustrative photo

04:35 The Stugna-P ATGM proved to be a faithful friend to Ukraine’s military. Usually we see enemy armor destruction, but this time our servicemen used it against the enemy's fortified point.

Read more in the article by Defense Express: Stugna-P ATGM Strikes Infantry in Shelter: Ukraine’s Antitankmen Punished Russians for Imvigilance (Video)

Stugna-P ATGM Strikes Infantry in Shelter: Ukraine’s Antitankmen Punished Russians for Imvigilance (Video), Defense Express, war in Ukraine, Russian-Ukrainian war
Warriors of the 58th Independent Motorized Infantry Brigade showed how the russians were punished for negligence and imvigilance on the battlefield

00:45 U.S. to announce more military help to Ukraine "in coming days"

Speaker of the US Department of State Ned Price said on Tuesday, May 31, that the United States "must also bolster Ukraine's ability to defend itself in the face of Kremlin's brutality. And we will have more of that n the coming days," the official said, Defense Express reports

He also recalled that Congress has approved $40 billion to work with, and the Department of State is aware of the Ukrainian needs for security assistance to impact the battlefield.

00:07 Thirteen artillery systems eliminated in Donbas

Ukrainian military published a regular update on the situation in the eastern frontlines from the JFO and Operational-tactical Group "East". Learn more:

Eastern Operational Zone Update: russian Artillery Gets Outgunned

Ukrainian BM-21 "Grad" MLRS firing on russian positions / Photo credit: 93rd Mechanized Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

00:00 Sixth package of sanctions on russia was approved – Zelensky

Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine, speaking of the sixth sanctions package from the European Union / Screenshot credit: Zelensky's official Telegram channel

In his daily address to the people of Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelensky said the EU countries have agreed on the next sanctions package. Correction: the package is still to be officially adopted by the European Union. This one includes restrictions on russian oil imports and further disconnection of russian major "Sberbank" bank from the SWIFT worldwide payment system. The President said russia will lose "dozens of billions of euros" for russia to finance the war.

"Strategically, this leaves russia on the outskirts of the modern economy," Zelensky said about the partial oil embargo, which will inevitably lead to russia's defeat.

Read more: ​Day 97th of War Between Ukraine and Russian Federation (Live Updates)