War in Ukraine: four dead in the Belgorod region after bombings

War in Ukraine: four dead in the Belgorod region after bombings

2023-06-03 18:05:17

The strikes on the Belgorod region have intensified in recent days, when kyiv says it is preparing to launch a major offensive against the areas conquered by Russian forces in Ukraine. At least four civilians lost their lives and 27 others were injured on Friday, June 2, during bombings in the Russian region of Belgorod.

Four dead in strikes in the Belgorod region

Shelling struck the Russian region of Belgorod on Friday June 2, killing at least four civilians. Local regional governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said shells fired by Ukrainian forces had crashed on a road near the town of Chebekino, located about ten kilometers from Ukraine and frequently shelled. “Shrapper hit passing cars. In one of them, two women […] died at the scene of their injuries,” he said.

In recent weeks, strikes targeting the Russian region have been increasing. In the evening, two other civilians were killed in the village of Sobolevka after a Grad multiple rocket launcher bombardment, which also left six injured, including two children, Russian authorities reported. On Thursday, the Russian army claimed to have repelled with its artillery and air force a Ukrainian attempt to invade the Belgorod region, a week after a spectacular incursion by armed men which caused shock in Russia.

Indonesia offers its peace plan to Ukraine and Russia

This Saturday, June 3, Indonesian Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto proposed to Ukraine and Russia a plan to end the war between them, during a conference on defense and security in Singapore. “I call on Russia and Ukraine to commit to immediately cease all hostilities,” he said, stressing that the economies and food supply of Asian countries were badly affected by this conflict.

The project proposed by Prabowo Subianto notably contains a ceasefire on the current positions, as well as the establishment of demilitarized zones, which would be guaranteed by observers and UN peacekeeping forces. He also suggested in the long term a “referendum in the disputed areas”, organized by the United Nations. The defense minister’s proposal, however, was criticized at the conference. In particular, Prabowo Subianto has been criticized for putting the aggressor and the attacked on the same level. Indonesia voted in favor of a UN resolution condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but did not apply economic sanctions against Moscow.

According to Zelensky, Ukraine joining NATO is “impossible” before the end of the war

At a joint press conference with Estonian President Alar Karis, Volodymyr Zelensky announced on Friday that his country’s NATO membership would be “impossible” before the end of the ongoing war with Russia. “Joining NATO is the best guarantee of security for Ukraine […] but we understand that we will not drag a single NATO country into a war. Therefore, we understand that we will not become a member of NATO as long as this war lasts, not because we do not want to, but because it is impossible,” explained the Ukrainian president.

Since the start of the Russian invasion, Volodymyr Zelensky has multiplied his country’s requests for NATO membership. This Thursday, he urged European leaders meeting in Moldova to further strengthen their support for Ukraine and to dispel “doubts” on the subject. The organization is favorable in principle, but is very vague about the timetable, for fear of an escalation with Russia. The question of Ukraine joining should be further debated at the NATO summit in July, in Lithuania.

Wagner’s fighters ready to defend the Belgorod region

“If the (Russian) Ministry of Defense does not stop what is happening in the Belgorod region […] where Russian territories are in fact being captured, then obviously we will arrive”, announced Evgueni Prigojine, boss of Wagner, while the paramilitary group is barely demobilized from Bakhmout. “We will defend our […] Russian people and all those who live there”, he added in an audio message published by his press service, specifying that his men would not wait for an “invitation” or authorization to deploy In the region.

The head of Wagner, who regularly castigates the Russian military staff, accused him on Saturday of “ceding” territories in the Belgorod region. In recent weeks, Ukrainian incursions into this border area have been increasing in number. kyiv is also increasing its bombardments there. Moscow also said on Thursday that it had repelled with its air force and artillery an attempted ground attack from Ukraine in the region, a week after a spectacular armed incursion which showed the vulnerability of the Russian borders.

Two civilians killed in new bombardments in the Belgorod region

New Ukrainian bombardments on the Russian region of Belgorod, bordering Ukraine, left at least two dead and two injured on Saturday, June 3. In a statement on Telegram, the governor of this territory, Viatcheslav Gladkov, indicated that an “elderly woman” had been killed by gunfire in the town of Novaya Tavoljanka, bordering Ukraine. According to him, she was injured in the shoulder and hospitalized. Another woman died of “numerous shrapnel wounds” in the nearby village of Bezlyudovka, Gladkov said, adding that a man was also injured by shrapnel “in the chest and upper limbs and lower” and hospitalized.

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