Russo-Ukrainian War 6/16/22

Visits by leaders of Germany, France, Italy, and Romania. (Image via Ukrainian Presidential Office)

The leaders of France, Germany, Italy, and Romania visited Ukraine and toured the devastation in Irpin. During their stay in Kyiv, most of Ukraine came under aerial threat notice, and the leaders were recorded visibly reacting to what seemed like audible explosions in the sky.

French President Emmanuel Macron appeared to clear up previous statements regarding bc the necessity for Ukraine to concede, reiterating that until Ukraine was free and independent, the West would continue supporting them with arms and other support.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz reiterated this claim, expressing support for Ukraine’s E.U. candidacy. Scholz’s rearmament of Germany is likely to begin to see transfers to Ukraine, although critics still express concerns over the long waiting periods.

As Russian forces take most of besieged Sievierodonetsk, Ukrainian forces have begun using more and more Western heavy weapons. Soon, rocket artillery will arrive in Ukraine, alongside more howitzers and weapons with enough range to relieve the heavy artillery advantage Russia enjoys in the Donbas. Although Sievierodonetsk is still likely to fall, Ukrainian forces remain in full control of the Siverskyi-Donets river, which Russia must cross in order to declare victory in the Donbas.

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