Friday, June 21, 2024

UKR to Get Priority On US Air-Def Missiles; UKR Bolsters Defense of Chasiv Yar; UKR Assault On RU Stronghold Near Vovchansk; RU Puts Pressure in Pokrovsk Sector, UKR Holding Def-Lines; UKR Retakes Areas Near Kharkiv; Repel RU Assault in Siversk Sec, LIVE UPDATES, DETAILS, and LOTS MORE

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Ukraine war latest: Kyiv to get priority on air defense missiles from US, new Patriot from Romania:
The U.S. is to prioritize deliveries of air defense missiles to Ukraine over orders from other countries, National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby said on June 20.
"The United States government has made the difficult but necessary decision to reprioritize near-term planned deliveries of foreign military sales to other countries, particularly Patriot and NASAMS missiles, to go to Ukraine instead," he said in comments reported by AFP.
Comments from U.S. President Joe Biden earlier this month strongly suggested such a move was on the table.
"We let it be known to those countries that are expecting from us air defense systems in the future that they're going to have to wait," Biden said after signing a 10-year security deal with President Volodymyr Zelensky at the Group of Seven (G7) summit in Italy on June 13.
In a post on social media on June 20, Zelensky thanked President Biden for the latest decision.
"The partnership between Ukraine and the United States is strong and unwavering. Together, we are protecting life against terror and aggression," he said. --->READ MORE HERE
24th Brigade's Press Service / Facebook
Ukraine's 24th brigade bolsters defense of Chasiv Yar, says fighting 'extremely difficult':
Units of Ukraine's 24th separate mechanized brigade have been redeployed to bolster the Armed Forces' defense of the front-line town of Chasiv Yar in Donetsk Oblast, the brigade's press service announced via Facebook on June 20.
After capturing Avdiivka in February, Russian forces shifted their focus toward Chasiv Yar, a town on a relatively higher elevation, which could potentially open the way to further advances into the oblast.
"The situation in and around the city is extremely difficult," the announcement said.
Russian forces are "constantly organizing massive frontal assaults and trying to bypass the settlement from the north and south."
The brigade also reported that the city is under relentless attack from Russian guided aerial bombs.
Ukrainian forces have inflicted damage to Russian infantry units and equipment, the brigade said, but have also sustained losses.
Moscow is attempting to encircle Chasiv Yar by capturing surrounding villages. In their assault on the region, Russian forces have used multiple-launch rocket systems (MLRS) equipped with thermobaric munitions, according to the Ukrainian military. --->READ MORE HERE
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