Day 839 Azov Brigade receives American weapons, scandal in Kiev. Ukrainian pilots closer to training in Romania

Day 839 Azov Brigade receives American weapons, scandal in Kiev. Ukrainian pilots closer to training in Romania

Russian troops reportedly occupied the village of Ivanivske near Ceasiv Iar on Monday, as announced by the DeepState analysis project. However, the Ukrainian army denies the information and claims that the locality is under Kyiv’s control.

Russian attacks in the Dnipropetrovsk region continued this morning, with six kamikaze drones hitting the center of the Nikopol district. Several houses were hit, but no casualties were reported.

An airstrike caused six injuries and damaged at least 13 residential blocks in Kostiantînivka, Donetsk region.

Ukrainian forces announced this morning that they shot down a Russian Su-25 fighter jet on the front line in Pokrovsk, where intense fighting continues. In the last 24 hours, the Russians attempted to reach Ukrainian defensive positions 21 times, with 19 attempts being repelled.

Russia lost another fighter jet, a Su-34, which crashed in a mountainous area in North Ossetia during a training flight, and an antisubmarine ship caught fire in the Barents Sea.

Kyiv is facing a new scandal. The head of the Ukrainian reconstruction agency resigned on Monday, a day before an international conference on the country's long-term reconstruction, stating that he was prevented from participating after being systematically undermined by the Ukrainian government in carrying out his duties.

The Ministry of National Defense has made public the draft emergency ordinance through which the expenses for training Ukrainian pilots in Romania will be covered by the military institution. However, it does not specify when the training will begin or how many pilots are involved.

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Frontline Situation

  • Russians Allegedly Occupy a Village, Ukrainians Deny - Russian troops have reportedly occupied the village of Ivanivske in the Donetsk region, near Ceasiv Iar, announced the DeepState analysis project on Tuesday, which also published a map showing the lost locality. "The enemy advanced near Novopokrovsk, in Staromaiorske, and occupied Ivanivske. The contact line in Klișciivka has changed," the source reported. However, a spokesperson for the Ukrainian forces fighting in the area stated that Kyiv maintains control over Ivanivske and continues to repel Russian troops in Staromaiorske. "Regarding Ivanivske, I can say the following: the locality belongs to Ukraine, the defense forces control this sector," Lieutenant Colonel Nazar Voloșîn told The Kyiv Independent. "This morning, there were 350 strikes in the Ceasiv Iar area, including 254 yesterday," he added.
  • Attack in Nikopol - Russians attacked the Nikopol district in the Dnipropetrovsk region on Monday evening and Tuesday morning with artillery fire and drones. Three houses and an infrastructure unit were damaged, but no casualties were reported. The morning attack targeted the district center, which was hit by six kamikaze drones, announced Serhii Lîsak, the head of the regional military administration. An airstrike caused six injuries and damaged at least 13 residential blocks in Kostiantînivka, Donetsk region.
  • Last 24 Hours Summary - Ukrainian forces shot down a Russian Su-25 fighter jet on the front line in Pokrovsk on Monday, where intense fighting continues. In the last 24 hours, the Russians attempted to reach Ukrainian defensive positions 21 times, with 19 attempts being repelled. A Su-25 aircraft, a tank, an armored transporter, an artillery piece, and four Russian vehicles were destroyed, announced the Ukrainian army's General Staff. There were 81 battles along the front line during this period, with Ukrainian forces attacking 13 areas where Russian troops were concentrated, seven air defense systems, an artillery element, and a radar station. The Russians launched five missiles and carried out 45 airstrikes, dropping 64 guided bombs. One person died, and nine others were injured yesterday due to Russian attacks in the Donetsk region.
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Events in Russia

  • Jet Crash in Ossetia - A Su-34 fighter jet crashed on Monday in a mountainous area in North Ossetia, in the Caucasus, and the two crew members died, announced the Russian Ministry of Defense on Tuesday, as cited by the state news agency RIA Novosti. The incident occurred during a training flight, and the crash site is in an uninhabited area. The preliminary cause of the accident is a technical malfunction, assured the ministry, which announced that an investigation commission is heading to the scene to determine the crash circumstances.
  • Ship on Fire - The antisubmarine ship Admiral Levchenko caught fire in the Barents Sea, announced the Ukrainian Navy's spokesperson on Monday. A rescue operation was launched for the ship, which can have a crew of hundreds of people. The submarine hunter vessel entered service in 1988 and is based in the Severomorsk port on the eastern shore of the Kola Gulf in the Barents Sea. Admiral Levchenko is equipped with Rastrub torpedoes that can hit underwater and surface targets.

Other Relevant Information

  • American Weapons for Azov Brigade - The United States will allow the Azov Brigade within the Ukrainian National Guard to use American weapons in the fight against the Russians, announced the American State Department cited by The Washington Post on Monday. The Azov Brigade became a symbol of Ukrainian resistance during the battles to defend the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol in the first three months of the war but has also sparked controversy due to potential associations with far-right groups, as speculated by Russian propaganda. The unit has been fully integrated into the Ukrainian National Guard and received a new command structure. The US decision overturns the ban imposed in 2014 due to extremist views held by some of the Azov Brigade's founders. Following the decision, brigade members will have access to the same American weapons as the Ukrainian army.
  • Scandal in Kyiv - The head of the Ukrainian reconstruction agency, Mustafa Nayyem, resigned on Monday, a day before an international conference on the country's long-term reconstruction, stating that he was prevented from participating after being systematically undermined by the Ukrainian government in carrying out his duties. Previously, he had sent a firm message to several foreign partners criticizing the Ukrainian administration for a series of mistakes. In a letter and his Facebook post, Nayyem criticized the governance philosophy regarding Ukraine's reconstruction, while avoiding direct attacks on Zelenski. He expressed regret over the government's lack of approval for the payment of $150 million borrowed from the European Investment Bank for vital projects, including water supply and energy protection. He also accused of being "affected by inexplicable bureaucratic delays." Nayyem expressed dissatisfaction with a "significant reduction in salaries" at his agency (a senior expert now earns the equivalent of 320 euros per month), leading to a quarter of staff losses since January. He said the final straw was when his travel permission to Berlin was revoked. The two-day conference on Ukraine's reconstruction, hosted by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, begins on Tuesday in Berlin, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenski in attendance.
  • Arrests in Chisinau - Police in the Republic of Moldova detained several passengers arriving from Russia at Chisinau airport. Russian propagandists claim that the detained individuals participated in the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, reports Nexta.
  • Military Exercises in Belarus - The second phase of joint military exercises conducted by the "non-strategic nuclear forces" of Russia and Belarus has begun in Lukashenko-ruled Belarus. The Belarusian Ministry of Defense announced that "the exercises are intended to maintain the readiness of personnel and equipment of combat units." The exercises announced in May are being held at the order of Vladimir Putin in response to "provocative statements" by the West against Russia.
  • Ukrainian Pilots Closer to Training in Romania - The Ministry of National Defense published on its website on June 10, under decision transparency, the draft Emergency Ordinance of the Government regarding Romania's funding of training for Ukrainian personnel at the F-16 aircraft operating personnel training facility at the Feteşti Air Base. According to the ordinance, the expenses for training Ukrainian personnel at the F-16 aircraft operating personnel training facility at the Feteşti Air Base will be covered by the state budget through the Ministry of National Defense. The expenses will cover accommodation, transportation, meals, aircraft fuel, simulator hours. However, it does not specify when the training will begin or how many pilots are involved. Romania provided the infrastructure, while the Netherlands sent F16 aircraft and Lockheed Martin provided instructors and technicians. Our country has taken on this mission since July 11, 2023, on the margins of the NATO Summit in Vilnius, alongside Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Luxembourg, Norway, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. However, it took eight months for the draft emergency ordinance project, which has only two articles, three paragraphs, to be posted on the Ministry of National Defense's website, writes Monitorul Apărării.
  • Iohannis at the B9 Summit in Riga - "Russia will continue to represent the greatest security risk for our countries and for European security," stated Romanian President Klaus Iohannis at the B9 Summit in Riga. He added that improving security on NATO's Eastern Flank, especially in the Black Sea region, must continue because Russia will remain the greatest security risk. "Therefore, we must remain focused on: Improving security on NATO's Eastern Flank, especially in the Black Sea region. Thus, we will strengthen regional and Euro-Atlantic security and that of all 32 Allies. Continuing and increasing our support for Ukraine as long as needed. Other vulnerable NATO partners, especially the Republic of Moldova, should also receive our attention and assistance in consolidating resilience," said Iohannis.
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