Live from Ukraine Destruction of Russian armored personnel carrier MT-LB trying to escape ONLINE 06:29 Goods whose transit through Lithuania to the Russian Kaliningrad region is prohibited due to European Union sanctions can be “quickly diverted to sea routes and transported by ship”. Reuters reported on Thursday, referring to the Russian agency TASS. TASS quoted Yevgeny Kukushkin, Minister of Infrastructure Development of the Kaliningrad Region, according to which Lithuania blocks about 30 percent of imports to Kaliningrad. According to her, these goods can be “quickly diverted to sea routes and transported by ship”. Kaliningrad has a port on the Baltic coast. On Saturday (June 18), Lithuania banned the transport of steel and other ferrous metals through its territory from Russia to the neighboring Kaliningrad region after EU sanctions against Moscow entered into force. 06:15 The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine believes that Belarus could provide assistance to the Russian army in the form of military equipment, which is currently decommissioned. 06:04 Ukrainian troops may have to withdraw from Lysychansk, a strategic city in eastern Ukraine, admitted today the governor of the Luhansk region Serhiy Hajdaj. This happened after the command of the Ukrainian army this morning informed about the occupation of two more settlements south of Lysachansk by Russian troops and stated that the Russians are trying to encircle the Ukrainians in Lysychansk. According to the US Institute for War Research (ISW), Russian forces can reach Lysychansk in the coming days, but a rapid occupation of the city is unlikely. “Our command may order troops to withdraw and take new positions in an effort to prevent the siege,” Governor Hajdaj said of the situation in Lysychansk, according to Russia’s BBC television. He specified that the city has not yet been cut off and that the evacuation of the population continues from it. “The whole of Lysychansk is within reach of Russian fire. It is very dangerous in it,” he added. “The enemy occupied Loskutivka and Raj-Oleksandrivka, which are located near Lysychansk and Severodonetsk,” the command of the Ukrainian army said in its regular morning report. US to provide $ 450 million in military aid The United States will provide $ 450 million (€ 428 million) in additional military aid to Ukraine. The equipment provided will also include HIMARS medium-range missile systems. Thursday’s information from the AP agency has already been officially confirmed by the White House. “This aid package includes weapons and equipment, including new high-artillery missile systems,” said White House spokesman John Kirby. Other supplies should include tens of thousands of ammunition, artillery ammunition and even boats. There will also be other volley rocket launchers in the latest defense assistance package. The first four batteries that the US sent to Kiev are already in Ukraine. This information was confirmed on Thursday by Ukrainian Defense Minister Olexij Reznikov. The AP recalled that the new package of military aid to Ukraine came only a week after the US announced that it would send $ 1 billion in military aid to Ukraine. The United States and its allies have decided to supply Ukraine with longer-range systems because they expect it to allow Ukrainian forces to better defend themselves against Russian aggressors, unnamed US officials said on condition of anonymity. Washington is expected to officially announce a new military aid package soon.
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