Russian special operation in Ukraine: online broadcast June 20

Recent events, Defense Ministry reports, comments, sanctions

Russia continues its special operation in Ukraine. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky in his video message promised to respond to the Russian army's strikes on his country's oil refineries. US President Joe Biden, meanwhile, has urged oil and gas producers around the world to ramp up output to drive down prices. The Russian army in the Izyum direction eliminated the commander of the volunteer battalion “Carpathian Sich” Oleg Kutsin. Read online of the previous day of the special operation here.

Photo: Donetsk News Agency

12:46 Kremlin Speaker Dmitry Peskov spoke about the possibility of involving the CSTO forces in a special operation in Ukraine. According to him, this option was not considered. He also stressed that the Kremlin considers Lithuania's decision to suspend the transit of goods subject to EU sanctions to the Kaliningrad region illegal. They promised to analyze it within a few days before deciding on retaliatory measures.

12:40 In Ukraine, the court banned the party "Opposition Platform – for life.” Its political council is headed by Viktor Medvedchuk, who was detained in the country.

12:38 The head of the Foreign Intelligence Service, Sergei Naryshkin, said that Russia and Donbass would win in a special military operation. According to him, the population of the Russian Federation admires the courage and resilience of the population of Donbass.

12:35 Dmitry Medvedev said that the US needs to be pacified in Khrushchev's way. In particular, he spoke about the prospects for extending the START-3 treaty with Washington. According to him, now it makes no sense. He also pointed out that there is another effective way to communicate with Washington: “… a shoe on the UN podium. Once upon a time…",” he concluded.

12:30 According to German Air Force Commander-in-Chief Ingo Gerharz, NATO countries need to be ready to use nuclear weapons in case of emergency situations. He also believes that “when it comes to fighting”, his country should also use the American nuclear bombs that are stored in Germany.

12:20 DPR leader Denis Pushilin temporarily gave the right to the administrations of districts and cities of republican significance to assign names to settlements. They can also rename them, TASS reports.

12:06 The administration of the Zaporozhye region announced on the air of Soloviev Live that a missile attack on a command post in the Dnepropetrovsk region managed to destroy 57 Ukrainian high-level officers, including those responsible for the Zaporozhye direction.

11:56 The EU Council extended for 12 months the sanctions against Crimea and Sevastopol, which were originally introduced in June 2014. This was done as part of the community's strategy of not recognizing the entry of the peninsula into Russia.

11:45 The Ministry of Defense also reports that as part of the counter-battery fight in the Donetsk direction, 11 platoons of Grad multiple rocket launchers were hit in a day. And about 800 Ukrainians refused to go to the area of ​​hostilities. They accused the officers of bribery and nepotism.

Also, about 100 scouts of the 10th mountain assault brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were removed from combat missions due to disobedience to command.

11 :34 The Russian Ministry of Defense held a regular briefing on the events in Ukraine. According to the agency, air defense systems shot down a Ukrainian MiG-29 aircraft in the Dnipropetrovsk region. In addition, the Russian Armed Forces used the Oniks missile and attacked the Artsyz airfield in the Odessa region. As a result, the Bayraktar control station was destroyed.

In addition, Russian aviation destroyed the illumination and surveillance locator of the Ukrainian S-300 air defense system. And the Buk-M1 installation was also destroyed. At the same time, Russian air defense systems intercepted nine Uragan MLRS shells. in the Kharkiv region and the DPR.

And the Ukrainian troops suffer significant losses. So, in a month of fighting, one mechanized brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine lost more than 2,100 people killed and wounded.

11:20 Lithuanian Foreign Minister explained the ban on the transit of goods to the Kaliningrad region. It is noted that it was introduced after consultations with the European Commission and under its leadership.

10:46 Official representative of “Gazprom” Sergei Kupriyanov said that Russia is supplying gas to Europe in transit through Ukraine in the amount of 41.7 million cubic meters per day through the Sudzha gas measuring station. But the application for pumping through "Saved" was rejected by Ukraine.

10:35 TASS reports that the topic of anti-Russian sanctions will be on the agenda of the G7 summit on June 26. And the topic of Ukraine and the consequences of restrictive measures will be a priority at the G7 summit.

10:25 The head of the Federation Council Commission for the Protection of Sovereignty, Klimov, said that if the European Union does not correct the situation with the blockade of Kaliningrad, then Brussels itself will disavow the documents on Lithuania's membership in the EU for Russia. According to him, this is direct aggression against the Russian Federation.

10:12 Josep Borrell, head of the EU foreign policy service, refused to answer the question of whether Moldova and Ukraine would be able to start negotiations on before the end of 2023.

10:00 Josep Borrell, head of the European Union's foreign policy service, made a number of statements. According to him, everyone who wants to buy Russian food and fertilizers can do it completely freely.

In addition, he hopes that Russia, Turkey and Ukraine, through the mediation of the UN, will reach an agreement on the export of Ukrainian grain by sea. He also declined to answer the question whether Ukraine and Moldova would be able to start EU accession negotiations before the end of 2023.

9:50 According to RIA Novosti, powerful explosions are again heard in the center of Donetsk. No casualties or damage have been reported yet.

9:33 As reported by the LPR JCCC, as a result of the shelling of Tochka-U, and from the MLRS “Hurricane” On the part of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, two schools were damaged in the LPR, as well as a kindergarten, a cultural center, power lines and about 40 houses.

9:18 Internet and communications were restored in Kherson. And in the districts of the region, work is still ongoing, as reported by the press secretary of the military-civilian administration of the region Sergey Moroz.

9:14 Over the past day, more than 17.5 thousand residents of Donbass crossed the Russian border in the Rostov region. This was reported by TASS.

9:10 Assistant Minister of Internal Affairs of the LPR Vitaly Kiselev spoke about taking control of the village of Toshkovka. It is located south of Severodonetsk. Kiselev stressed that the cleansing of the village of Metelkino was also completed.

As TASS reported, the commanders of the Azov terrorist battalion who surrendered in Mariupol are in the SIZO "Lefortovo" in Moscow. Later, the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, announced that a new group of militants had surrendered in the LPR. at the command post of Ukrainian troops in the Dnepropetrovsk region. As a result, more than 50 generals and officers were destroyed. And ten 155-mm M777 howitzers and up to 20 armored fighting vehicles delivered to Ukraine by the West were destroyed on the territory of the transformer plant in the city of Nikolaev.

US Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen said that the American economy will slow down, but the recession doesn't seem inevitable. According to her, the US Treasury also believes that “unacceptably high” inflation — global phenomenon, it will not be possible to bring it down immediately. She also acknowledged that Washington's sanctions against Moscow hit the United States itself.

The Governor of the Bryansk region, Bogomaz, announced the shelling of the village of Suzemka. As a result, the infrastructure is damaged, and there is still a victim. All operational and emergency services are on site.


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