Materials prepared by Tetiana Kliuchnyk-Horobets, Tetyana Pidgorna, Reka Olena, Viktoriia Peremoga
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June 1 is the 98th day of Ukraine resisting a full-scale invasion of russia. The russian army continues air and missile attacks; in the occupied territories, there is no mobile communication and the Internet.
The russians control 70% of Severodonetsk. Some Ukrainian troops retreated to more suitable, pre-arranged positions. Another part continues fighting inside the city.
At five o’clock in the morning, the russians launched a missile attack on Sloviansk in Donetsk oblast. It was the city’s second missile attack in two days. Three private houses were destroyed and there were no casualties, but local authorities are urging people to evacuate.
In the morning, the city of Ochakiv was shelled. According to preliminary information, residential buildings were destroyed and damaged. One person was injured.
The russians began installing missile and gun systems, multiple launch rocket systems and electronic warfare stations on Zmiinyi island of Odesa oblast. This may indicate their intention to protect their ships from the Armed Forces of Ukraine and use weapons along the coast of Odesa oblast.
Towards Siversk, the enemy continues artillery shelling from the russian border areas, namely hitting Boiaro-Lezhachi and Manukhivka of Sumy oblast and Yanzhulivka and Kamenska Sloboda of Chernihiv oblast.
In the Slobozhansky direction, the enemy is preparing for the offensive and continues shelling. Towards Kharkiv, the enemy did not conduct active actions. The main efforts are focused on restraining the actions of Ukrainian units. The enemy shelled civilian infrastructure in the areas of Odnorobivka, Udy, Ruska Tyshky and Cherkaski Tyshky.
Towards Sloviansk, the enemy continues regrouping to resume the offensive towards Izium ‒ Barvinkove and Izium ‒ Sloviansk. Near Kurulka, they tried to conduct assault actions, but failed and retreated to previously seized positions.
In Donetsk oblast, besides artillery shelling, the enemy carried out air strikes of Novoselivka and Lysychansk, missile strikes of Soledar and Siversk. Near Lyman, the enemy regroups and prepares for the offensive.
Towards Severodonetsk, the enemy conducts assault operations in Severodonetsk, Toshkivka and Ustynivka, the fighting continues. Towards Bakhmut, fighting continues in the areas of Komyshuvakha, Novoluhanske and Berestove.
Towards Avdiivka, Kurakhiv, Novopavlovske and Zaporizhzhia, the enemy has no success, tries to strengthen their positions and replenish losses using outdated and restored equipment.
In the South Buh direction, the enemy did not conduct any active military actions. In Posad-Pokrovske, Osokorivka, Novovorontsovka, Blahodatne, Partyzanske and other settlements, civilian infrastructure was shelled.
The Swiss government has blocked Denmark’s supply of Swiss-made armoured vehicles to Ukraine. The Danish government wants to transfer to Ukraine about 20 units of its fleet of Piranha III combat vehicles as military assistance. Without Bern’s permission, assistance to Ukraine is impossible: by buying the vehicles, Denmark pledged to transfer military equipment to a third party only with the permission of Switzerland.
Olaf Scholz says that Germany will supply Ukraine with the most modern air defense system – IRIS-T which can be used to repel attacks of combat aircraft, helicopters, cruise missiles, rocket artillery, drones, anti-radiation missiles and bombs.
The EU has agreed to the sixth set of sanctions. It includes personal sanctions and a compromise embargo on russian oil. The countries agreed not to temporarily impose restrictions on oil entering the EU from russian pipelines. The sanctions will apply only to russian oil transported to the EU by sea. This makes two-thirds of all imports from russia.
The United States has officially announced a new package of security assistance for Ukraine in the amount of $700 million, which includes highly mobile artillery missile systems (HIMARS), yet with the political condition that they will not be used to strike targets within russia.
For the first time, the United States has acknowledged their help to Ukraine with cyberattacks. U.S. Cyber Command Chief Gen. Paul Nakasone says the U.S. military is conducting “offensive hacking operations” in support of Ukraine.
Poland and Ukraine agreed on next steps to simplify the border crossing between the countries, including control at their checkpoints.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki is currently on a visit to Ukraine. Among other things, he opened some container towns in Borodianka and Bucha, which are provided to Ukraine by Poland.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says that there are risks of involving third countries in the war with Ukraine if Kyiv receives American MLRS.
EU leaders agreed to provide Ukraine with $9 billion for post-war reconstruction.
Today is Children’s Protection Day. For the first time, this protection is literal, with weapons in hand. We gave birth and raised them for peace. Now we have to save our children from war. Due to russian aggression, Ukraine has already lost 243 young Ukrainians. 446 children were injured, which will not allow them to forget this war forever.
“Since the beginning of the war, investigators of the National Police have launched 393 criminal proceedings on crimes committed by the russian military, as a result of which 588 children were injured, of which 162 were killed, 323 were wounded, 103 went missing,” said Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Kateryna Pavlichenko.
In Lviv, empty school buses were put up in memory of 243 dead children.
Since the beginning of the full-scale war, the occupiers have forcibly transported more than 234,000 Ukrainian children to russia, belarus or the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.
Bulgaria is calling for the resignation of the Deputy Prime Minister due to eviction of Ukrainian refugees from hotels.
Croatian President Zoran Milanovic says that EU sanctions against russia are not working and European citizens will eventually pay for them.
Fighting continues in Kharkiv oblast. The enemy is focused on defense and trying to hold his ground.
The russian military launched an offensive towards the villages of Dovgenke and Dibrivne in the Izium region. The enemy also fired artillery at our units in the areas of Sviatohorsk and Ridne. In order to reduce the offensive potential of our troops, the enemy is firing on the positions of the Defense Forces with barrel and jet artillery in the areas of the settlements of Ruski Tyshky, Zolochiv and Dergachi. In the city of Zolochiv, Kharkiv oblast, the city’s residents were left without electricity.
The russian army strikes at the Barvinka community almost every day, said Mayor Alexander Balo. On the night of May 31 to June 1, the shelling lasted for about an hour and a half. There are no casualties, but the destruction is recorded.
The press service of the 93rd brigade “Cold Yar” reported that near Izium, our defenders shot down a russian Ka-52 helicopter known as the Alligator.
Today, the enemy launched airstrikes from operational and tactical aircraft in the areas of Avdiivka, New York, Novoselivka, Shcherbakiv and army aircraft – near the settlements of Rota, Pokrovske and Novoselivka. The enemy also stormed the village of Komyshuvakha, but was unsuccessful.
In Donetsk oblast, the self-proclaimed leader of the so-called DPR was wounded. This was announced by the adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine. “I confirm that Pushylin was wounded in Lyman. It is a pity that he was only wounded,” – Viktor Andrusiv said.
On the morning of June 1, the russian occupiers fired rockets at Slavyansk, destroying three houses and damaging ten of them.
The russian occupation administration is preparing to demolish the houses destroyed during the shelling of Mariupol, and to relocate people from the surviving apartments, said Mariupol mayor councilor Andriuschenko.
Today, June 1, about 90 residents of the Slavic community left for Rivne region, including fourteen children. In the morning, the russian military launched missile strikes on Sloviansk: destroyed three houses, ten more damaged, said the head of the city military administration Vadim Lyakh.
The whole Luhansk oblast is under fire. Humanitarian trucks can’t bring aid to many settlements, as well as evacuate people.
The Hirska community daily suffers from enemy shelling, the rashists level off the settlements with artillery and aircraft. The hottest spots are in Toshkivka and Zolotye, where orcs deliberately roam high-rise buildings. Nine people, retirees and disabled people, were provided with humanitarian aid and evacuated. Due to the lack of communication, evacuation was offered in the yards. Several cars were used to evacuate people since there are better chances since there are more chances not to be targeted by the enemy firing. One bus near Vrubivka came under attack, the car crashed, people were unharmed.
In Severodonetsk, the occupiers continue to storm the city. They are partially successful, have established control over its eastern part, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces.
About 80% of the regional center is occupied, including the eastern quarters of the city. Some Ukrainian troops moved to more advantageous, pre-prepared positions. Street fights continue. On some streets, our defenders are successful, counterattacks have been carried out, and six rashists have been captured.
Lysychansk is under Ukrainian control. This is a militarily advantageous position. The location of the city on a hill gives many opportunities. The defense of the city is powerful. Rescuers delivered a water purification system to Lysychansk.
The new United States ambassador to Ukraine Bridget Brink travelled outside Kyiv for the first time – to Hostomel. There she visited the airfield, housing the largest cargo aircraft in the world, the Antonov An-225 Mriya, destroyed by the rashists.
The first modular town for internally displaced people was opened in Borodianka. The Prime Minister of Poland, Mateusz Morawiecki, attended the opening ceremony. The modular town will provide temporary accommodation for 352 persons, including women, children, and elderly people who lost their homes due to the invasion. Other towns are planned to be set up in Bucha, Makarov, Ivankiv, and Hostomel in Kyiv oblast, as well as in the suburbs of Chernihiv.
In the last 24 hours, the rescue teams have been inspecting Bucha, Brovary, Vyshhorod, and Bila Tserkva districts of Kyiv oblast. The specialists disposed of 346 explosive objects. In total, 37 659 objects were neutralized throughout the entire period.
Zhytomyr border guards received 10 service sheepdogs from the “Gabenets” farm. After a short training, the four-legged bodyguards will be distributed among border guard units, defending Ukraine from the enemy as part of our defense forces.
Demining works continue in Chernihiv oblast. Over the day EOD and underwater demining teams of the State Emergency Service were involved 73 times in the disposal of explosive ordnance, found and removed 231 such objects (as of the morning of June 1). A total of 25 767 explosive objects have been cleared since the beginning of the war.
High-priority work on restoration of the oblast’s damaged infrastructure continues.
At around 13:30 the enemy launched a missile strike from an aircraft targeting the territory of the Shalyhine community, Shostka district. According to the preliminary information, 6 missiles were launched. The information on damage and casualties is being clarified.
The enemy artillery shelled Zelenodolsk community at night. Fortunately, there were no hits in the settlements. Power lines, previously damaged by mortar shelling, are restored in one of the villages.
The enemy launched three Tornado-S MLRS missiles on Synelnikov district, Dnipropetrovsk oblast. Rescuers are working there. The information on damage and victims is being clarified.
Seven districts in Dnipropetrovsk oblast already are officially recognized as victims of russian aggression.These are Shirokivska, Zelenodolska, Velykomykhailivska, Malomykhailivska, Mezhivska, Novopavlivska, Pokrovska districts. Residents of these communities will be able to obtain internally displaced person status and receive monthly payments from the state and compensation for damaged or destroyed accommodation.
12 out of 14 fountains were opened in Dnipro.
In Cherkasy, the event “Libraries under an umbrella” will be operational at four locations. Staff of the city library system will hold interactive events. People can read books outside, meet with Cherkasy writers and share their impressions about reading.
There are no major changes in other regions of Central Ukraine.
Yesterday, 31 May, private buildings and civilian infrastructure in Komyshuvakha were shelled by russian troops non-stop from 6 pm to 8 pm. All night long, heavy artillery was used to shell Hryhorivka village. Also, the enemy once again shelled the civilian infrastructure of the residents of Huliaipole. There was no information about casualties.
Over the past 24 hours in Zaporizhzhia, the Armed Forces of Ukraine eliminated 6 personnel, and 9 wounded, destroyed a Su-25 aircraft, damaged another one; destroyed an electronic warfare station and 5 vehicles.
As of 01 June, 37 041 consumers in 87 settlements in Zaporizhzhia oblast don’t have power supply due to damage to power lines, towers and equipment. As a result of the shelling this morning, new major damage occurred in the Orikhiv electricity network, which resulted in 12 414 families being de-energized. Yesterday, there was no emergency repair work in Huliaipole, Vasylivka and Polohy regions because of active military actions and lack of access to the damaged networks.
In Zaporizhzhia oblast, agrarians have completed the sowing of early grain crops. Farmers increased spring barley sowing 2.6 times, and spring wheat sowing 4.7 times. 50K hectares were sown with sunflowers and 3K with maize.
“Caritas Zaporizhzhia” charitable foundation opened a summer children’s entertainment and learning camp. Creative groups for displaced children and all other Zaporizhzhia residents will work here during the summer.
According to “senator” of the Federation Council from Crimea, Serhiy Tsekov, the so-called referendums on joining russia might take place in Donbas, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia oblasts.
The situation on the contact line is steadily tense. The enemy, restrained by our counterattack, continues to fortify its second line of defence.
The enemy launched drones twice in Mykolaiv oblast to adjust fire and evaluate the results of the artillery barrage, then from Kinburn Spit with Grad multiple rocket launchers struck Ochakiv. A private building was destroyed, and a port sea tug and a foreign civilian cargo ship were substantially damaged. The fire was put out. According to preliminary information, one person was wounded.
During the night, Shyroke and Bereznehuvate communities were shelled. Houses, outbuildings and agricultural machinery were damaged. One person was killed.
On the morning of 31 May, Mykolaiv was shelled with cluster munitions from the Tornado-S multiple rocket launcher and the Pion long-range rocket artillery. There were no casualties.
Mykolaiv oblast continues to receive humanitarian aid. Today, a humanitarian cargo with food, hygiene products and medicines arrived from the Republic of Turkey, and 600 cans of porridge with meat and 150 kg of pastries were sent from Novoselivka Starosta district and Podilsk city.
Russians started deploying missile launchers in Zmiinyi Island, Odesa oblast. This may indicate that they want to secure their ships from the Armed Forces of Ukraine and plan to use the weapons on the coast of Odesa oblast. The enemy is also trying to activate aerial reconnaissance over Odesa.
On 1 June, 2 explosions were reported in Odesa oblast. The first explosion was heard by Chornomorsk residents. According to preliminary information, another mine blew up there. The second explosion, which occurred in the region, might be caused by air defence.
Soldiers of the 126th separate brigade of territorial defence in Odesa were trained to shoot and destroy russian armoured vehicles.
Temporary police stations will function in Odesa during the summer season. Police officers will strengthen the security of coastline, park and historic areas of Odesa.
The situation in the temporarily occupied Kherson oblast remains complicated.
Special units of the russian army blew up two bridges over the Inhul River near Davydiv Brid and Velyka Oleksandrivka. And a sabotage group unsuccessfully tried to break into the back of Armed Forces of Ukraine units.
In Kherson oblast, where mobile communications of Ukrainian operators are cut off, the invaders are trying to trick citizens into obtaining Crimean operator mobile cards to falsify their passport data for a future pseudo-referendum.
Communication with the majority of the territorial communities could not be established.
The communities, which were contacted, informed that the situation slightly changed. Gas, water and electricity supplies are available, but there is an acute shortage of medicine, fuel and food in most communities.
Some communities and settlements have serious consequences from invaders’ shelling (houses and municipal networks destroyed, communication and internet damaged).
Russian troops in the occupied territories are setting up new provocations in disguise. They go round the houses of villagers in the Kherson oblast in the uniform of Armed Forces of Ukraine and ask them where the russians’ positions are now. Those who begin to answer are grabbed and taken to an unknown destination without explanation or communication.
Since the start of russia’s military aggression against Ukraine, as of 31 May, russian troops kidnapped 341 people in Kherson oblast. 211 abducted people were already rescued and 130 residents of the region remain in captivity.
The events for local and internally displaced children were held on the occasion of the International Children’s Day. An open football lesson was held in Uzhhorod as part of a project initiated by the Ukrainian Association of Football. Almost 50 students of family-type orphanages and their parents took part in a master class on making a traditional Zakarpattia toy in the regional museum of folk architecture and life.
On the International Children’s Day in Ivano-Frankivsk near the rotunda with a statue of the Virgin Mary, the organizers laid out 243 toys. This number of toys symbolizes the number of children killed in the war with russia. Thus, the organizers honored the memory of the victims.
In May, doctors from Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast Clinical Hospital transferred more than 700K to the needs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. In early March, the staff of the institution agreed to transfer one-day earnings – UAH 1 million 200K for the Armed Forces. From May, the workers decided to continue the monthly contributions for the army until the end of the war.
It was quiet and calm. There were no air alarms. The oblast has welcomed and resettled 137 people from other oblasts where hostilities continue.
At all crossings of the Lviv region, 15K people cross the border every day.
On the eve of the International Children’s Day in Lviv, the campaign “Excursion through Lviv, which will never happen” was convened. Eight school buses drove through the center of Lviv accompanied by police cars. These buses could accommodate 243 children, but due to russia’s attack on Ukraine, these buses are empty.
More than 70 internally displaced people have already been trained for a new occupation for free and got new employment opportunities.
On the basis of vocational and technical education institutions of the Lviv region, IDPs can take free short-term courses (from 2 to 4 weeks) with partial qualifications. Students are provided with consumables and tools, and conduct practical classes. At the end of express courses, students receive a certificate and the opportunity to work at the enterprises of the region.
In the Rivne city community, 60 streets will be renamed, instead of 54, as it was announced earlier. Some of the streets to be de-russified and de-sovietized will be named after the fallen servicemen.
In Rivne, Dubno, Sarny districts, the project “Near” will be held. Its purpose is psychosocial relief of children from immigrant families. The project involves children from six to sixteen years. Among them are both local and internally displaced families.
Various events and campaigns were held in Ternopil oblast before the International Children’s Day. There was a holiday in Kremenets district, where children from Luhansk, Donetsk, Kyiv, Kharkiv and Mykolayiv oblasts had the opportunity to join in creating a picture for Ukrainian defenders. Ternopil Regional Universal Scientific Library collected almost 500 books during the “Give Child a Book” campaign, distributed to children with disabilities. Within the framework of the “Lost Childhood” campaign, almost two hundred toys were symbolically put on the ground in Zboriv.
Since the full-scale russian invasion began, more than 43K IDPs have settled in Khmelnytskyi oblast. 1,863 adults applied for employment.
The State Co-inspection has begun to assess the damage caused by russian troops to the region’s environment. In Khmelnytskyi oblast, several air strikes on fuel tanks and pipelines have been recorded since the full-scale invasion began. So far, experts have estimated more than UAH 6 millions in damage.
At the Sunny Valley recreation center, about 250 orphans, children from family-type homes and those who moved to Chernivtsi oblast due to russian aggression took part in festivities on the occasion of the International Children’s Day. During the holiday, the children learned about the professions of rescuer, policeman and cynologist, sang, danced, read books in the mini-library. They also attended master classes in stone painting, created dolls, rode catamarans and competed in fun starts. Those present also joined the charity work – weaving camouflage nets for the Armed Forces.
The deputy head of the Chernivtsi Oblast State Administration was informed about the suspicion of embezzling large-scale humanitarian aid. According to the investigation, he, along with employees of the administration and the head of the charity fund, spent some ambulance vehicles donated by international partners as humanitarian aid.
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