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Fighting in Severodonetsk has ‘worsened,’ official says; Britain pledges rocket systems

Shelling struck the beleaguered city of Lysychansk, Ukraine, destroying residential buildings and infrastructure, Ukrainian police said on June 5. (Video: Reuters)
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The fight for Severodonetsk in the eastern Donbas area intensified Monday, according to a regional official, who said the situation in the city has “worsened for us.” Serhiy Haidai, governor of the Luhansk region, said in a TV interview Monday that Russian forces were shelling Severodonetsk but that Ukrainian troops remained in control of the city’s industrial zone.

Also on Monday, Britain said it will send Ukraine launch rocket systems that can strike targets up to 50 miles away, despite a threat from Russian President Vladimir Putin that Moscow would attack unspecified new targets if Ukraine were given longer-range weapons. The United States said last week that it would send Ukraine rocket systems with a slightly shorter range than the systems Britain will provide. In Moscow, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov condemned the help being offered to Ukraine by other nations.

Here’s what else to know

  • In Mariupol, fears of constant bombardment have given way to silent threats: Bacteria-laced water and deadly cholera outbreaks.
  • European Council President Charles Michel accused Russia of triggering a global food crisis with its unprovoked invasion of Ukraine at a meeting of the United Nations Security Council in New York on Monday, prompting Moscow’s U.N. ambassador to walk out.
  • A federal judge issued a warrant granting the Justice Department permission to seize two private jets owned by Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich.
  • Sexual violence in Ukraine has worsened during the war, according to reports recounted during a session of the U.N. Security Council.
  • Another Russian general was killed in Ukraine on Sunday, according to Russian state television.
  • The Washington Post has lifted its paywall for readers in Russia and Ukraine. Telegram users can subscribe to our channel.
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