Timeline: day 125 of Ukraine's defense against russia's aggression
Today is June 28. russia's military attack on Ukraine has been going on for 125 days. We're reporting on the current news. The article will be updated.
What about today?
Yesterday's shelling of a peaceful shopping center in Kremenchuk by russia proved once again to the world that we're defending our country from terrorists. The rocket hit Amstor not by accident. russia aimed at the mall on purpose! It's 10 kilometers from the Amstor mall, which was hit by a missile, to the Kremenchuk oil refinery, which russia calls its target.
"russia has become the world's largest terrorist organization. That is a fact. It must be a legal fact. Everyone globally should know that buying or transporting oil from russia, maintaining ties with their banks, paying taxes and duties to russia is giving money to terrorists," said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Ukrainian missiles will find their high-precision targets; Oleksii Danilov promised an adequate response to russia's shelling of Ukrainian cities. The Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council compared the shelling to the bombing of London in 1940, where the Nazis tried to break the British resistance and undermine their fighting spirit. "But this led to the exact opposite effect; the bombing rallied and angered. Ukrainians are angry and want revenge," Danilov said.
During the day, June 27, the Ukrainian Air Force's strike aircraft inflicted powerful air strikes on the positions of the occupiers. In fact, in all areas of hostilities, Ukrainian Su-25 attack aircraft and Su-24m bombers made up to twenty group combat sorties, resulting in:
- hitting an ammunition depot,
- positions of two battalion-tactical groups of the russian occupiers,
- destroying several dozen armored combat vehicles and ruscist manpower.
In Perevalsk, temporarily occupied by the ruscists in the Luhansk region, the Ukrainian Armed Forces destroyed an enemy military base. Locals report that there are now many ambulances and many wounded russian soldiers. The LPR confirmed the attack and stated, "Ukrainian troops struck the city of Perevalsk for the first time with the American MLRS HIMARS." It is just the beginning.
June 28 is Ukraine's Constitution Day! Article 1: Ukraine is a sovereign and independent, democratic, social, and legal state. Today, russia is encroaching on it. Today we are defending our right to be just such a state.
The UN Security Council will meet to discuss russia's atrocities against civilians in Ukraine. The meeting will start at 10 pm Kyiv time.
The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Zaluzhnyi, stated that the occupiers had fired 131 missiles at Ukraine within four days.
In the Mykolaiv region, the authorities exchanged prisoners of war between Ukraine and the russian federation. Seventeen people returned to the territory controlled by Ukraine: 16 servicemen and one civilian. Out of 17 people, five were injured.
The Defense Intelligence returned three people from russia's territory.
Ukraine also returned the bodies of another 46 defenders. The Coordination Headquarters announced this for the Treatment of Prisoners of War.
According to British intelligence, the russian armed forces are depleted, and in the long run, they will not have sufficient combat activity. russia has withdrawn the significant powers of 6 armies and achieved only tactical success near Sievierodonetsk; British intelligence concluded this. Meanwhile, Ukrainian defenders are strengthening in Lysychansk. They strike successful blows at the russian command.
Who's coming to Ukraine?
On financial and information aid, weapons and politicians
Western weapons, which continue to flow into Ukraine, will soon liberate the areas around Mykolaiv, Kherson, and Kharkiv. The US former Special Representative to Ukraine, Ambassador Kurt Walker, stated this. "I think the Ukrainians will pass and regain control of the territory around Mykolaiv and eventually reach the city of Kherson in the south, as well as drive the russians away from Kharkiv," the diplomat said during an online broadcast of the Wilson Center. Walker added arduous battles await Ukrainians soon, but in the fighting with the Ukrainian army, "the russian armed forces are increasingly hollowed out."
A plant manufactured by Bayraktar famous due to the production of combat drones will appear in Ukraine. The Minister of Defense of Ukraine, Oleksii Reznikov, stated this. Communication between the defense ministries of Ukraine and Turkey is currently underway, and Ukraine continues to work on the project of building the plant. These are medium-term plans. And they, according to the minister, will be implemented.
News from partners!
France condemns russia's missile strike on a Ukrainian shopping center and says russia should be held accountable for these actions, the French Foreign Ministry said.
Ukraine mall attack shows "depths" of Putin's "cruelty and barbarism": Boris Johnson responded to a missile strike on Kremenchuk. "This appalling attack has shown once again the depths of cruelty and barbarism to which the russian leader will sink. Once again, our thoughts are with the families of innocent victims in Ukraine. putin must realize that his behavior will do nothing but strengthen the resolve of Ukraine and every other G7 country to stand by Ukraine for as long as it takes," the British prime minister said.
The British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss stated the need to provide Ukraine with all possible support and called not to seek a quick, peaceful settlement, which would involve territorial concessions from Kyiv. "The number one thing we need to do is be giving all the support we can to Ukraine. The consequences of Ukraine not prevailing are very severe for the rest of Europe. So it is the number one thing we can do now is providing that support to Ukrainians, providing the training, providing the weapons, so they are able to push Russia out of Ukraine. But of course, all forces always need to be prepared for all eventualities," Truss said in an interview with the German newspaper Welt.
American writer Stephen King, who actively supports Ukraine, reacted to the tragedy in Kremenchuk. "russian strikes on Ukrainian civilian targets are real terrorist attacks. Glory to Ukraine!" King wrote. "Stephen, russians are more horrific than any monster in your novels…" Ukraine's Ministry of Defense replied to the King of Horrors.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro considered a loyal friend of Vladimir Putin, unexpectedly addressed French President Emmanuel Macron: "Dear President Emmanuel Macron, Venezuela is ready to accept any French companies that want to extract oil for the European and world market." Venezuela's economy is based on oil production, which accounts for 95% of export earnings. Besides oil, Venezuela exports bauxite, aluminum, coffee, coal, nickel, emeralds, bananas, and flowers.
Macron commented on the timing and outcome of the war in Ukraine. "russia cannot and should not win. We will continue to impose sanctions on russia until a complete victory is achieved on Ukrainian terms. As for the timing, no one expects the war to end next month."
Sanctions on the aggressor!
A Ukrainian court has seized more than 4.5 billion hryvnias in property from russian companies, including RusAl, Rostekh, and Tatneft. The Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine announced this on Facebook.
IHG, which owns the Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza hotel chains, is shutting down all business in russia.
Canada has tightened sanctions against the defense sectors of russia and belarus. The sanctions targeted six individuals and 46 legal entities related to the russian defense sector, 13 government officials, and two companies from belarus. This restriction also applies to 15 Ukrainian collaborators. Canada will also take several measures to ban the export of advanced technologies that can improve the defense capabilities of russia and belarus: software, quantum computers, and more.
Life considering hostilities
The Ukrposhta postal company opens its store on Amazon! Ukrposhta is now the first postal service in the world to do so. So now our citizens abroad, the Ukrainian diaspora in the United States, gets the opportunity to buy stamps "Ukrainian Dream" on Amazon.
Sales of the new post stamp started in Ukraine today. The Ukrainian Dream stamps have a circulation of 3 million copies and can be purchased at Ukrposhta branches and in Ukrainian and foreign online marketplaces.
From June 30, Ukraine will sell electricity to Europe. The initial volume of exports is 100 MW, and its volume will gradually increase. It will allow Europe to partially replace russian energy resources.
Donetsk and Luhansk regions
The russian occupiers conducted reconnaissance in the direction of Mykolaivka–Spirne to expose the firing positions of the Ukrainian military. The Ukrainian Armed Forces suppressed these attempts and forced the enemy to withdraw. The General Staff reported this.
Also, according to the General Staff, the Ukrainian military stopped and repulsed the enemy in the direction of Dovhenke–Dolyna.
In Lysychansk, the russians fired on 3 pumping stations, 2 bridges and a car tunnel. The enemy again struck at the probable concentration of people, firing at the market. Also, in the last 24 hours, occupants fired at high-rise buildings and private estates. The head of the Luhansk regional state administration, Serhii Haidai, reports about it.
After the shelling of Lysychansk by the Uragan MLRS on June 27, many of the 21 wounded had to have their limbs amputated. Serhii Haidai told about it on the air of the telethon on the morning of June 28. We will remind that the people who got under the attack by the russian artillery stood in line for water. A teenager born in 2007 died.
Fighting around Lysychansk continues, but the city holds the fort, the head of the Luhansk regional military administration, Serhii Haidai, reports. Stocks of food and medicine will be enough for a few weeks, but it's perilous for the local population to stay in the city. Lately, humanitarian aid trucks have not reached Lysychansk because of constant shelling, and the russians are doing everything to kill as many civilians as possible. The primary goal of our troops is to stay in the city as long as possible.
The first modular town in the Chernihiv region is being built in the village of Novoselivka. It is free assistance from the Polish government. There are 180 houses in this town, which can accommodate a total of 350 people. First, people whose homes were destroyed because of the shelling will be resettled in 125 houses. In the future, the authorities will provide temporary housing to families whose homes have been damaged.
The number of wounded in the June 27 shelling of Kharkiv has risen to 31. Among them are five children aged 8-12, the chief of police of the Kharkiv region Volodymyr Tymoshko said: "They hit blindly, towards the city, without aiming at any objects, at random."
The occupiers fired on Kharkiv's Industrialnyi city district. There was a fire at one of the enterprises. According to preliminary data, there are five victims. The condition is average; 1 is hospitalized in serious condition. Oleh Sinehubov, head of the Kharkiv region announced this.
Dmytro Zhyvytskyi, the head of the Sumy region, reports on the situation in the region: After 2 am, mortar shelling began with nine hits in the Velyka Pysarivka community. There are no casualties or damage.
The Prosecutor General's Office reports that after yesterday's rocket attack on a shopping center in Kremenchuk, the investigators received 40 reports of missing relatives. The officials currently know about 18 victims whose bodies were retrieved from the rubble. Fifty-nine people sought medical help, almost half were in serious condition, and one died of his injuries in the hospital. Thirty-six people went missing. Rescuers will continue to work on the fire.
As of this morning, the rescuers dismantled more than half of the rubble of the mall in Kremenchuk. More than a thousand people worked on it all night. The work continues.
June 28 in the Poltava region was declared a Day of Mourning to honor the victims of the russian shelling of a mall in Kremenchuk. The head of the region, Dmytro Lunin, announced this. As a sign of mourning, they will lower the state flag with a black ribbon on the buildings of state authorities, local self-government, enterprises, institutions, and organizations. The region also imposes restrictions on entertainment events and music in public places.
All of Ukraine today cries together with the Poltava region. russia is a terrorist state.
"If the investigation proves that the shopping center staff in Kremenchuk neglected people's security measures during the air raid alarm, they will be prosecuted," said Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova. Also, during a briefing in Kremenchuk, Interior Minister Monastyrskyi said that victims were severely burned and would be identified by DNA, which takes several days.
13:30 – more than 20 are dead, and 59 are wounded. The Deputy Head of the President's Office, Tymoshenko, announced the death toll. Photos of the inside of the destroyed shopping center have resurfaced.
It became known that one of the two missiles fired by the russian military on Kremenchuk in the Poltava region on June 27 hit the Kredmash road car plant. According to the head of the plant, no military vehicles have been produced there since 1989, only civilian cars.
16:30 – 25 dead: 18 bodies and 7 remains of the dead were found in a mall in Kremenchuk after russia's rocket strike. According to Interior Minister Denys Monastyrskyi, 21 people are missing. There are 24 wounded in hospitals.
17:00 – explosions in Dnipro! The mayor, Borys Filatov, confirmed information on hits on social media and urged citizens not to leave shelters.
In the Zaporizhzhia direction, the situation has not changed significantly over the past 24 hours. The enemy focuses its primary efforts on maintaining the occupied frontiers. Over the past 24 hours, the enemy fired 47 rounds at Ukrainian defenders, using multiple-rocket and gun artillery along the entire line of contact.
A few days ago, the Ukrainian information space was disturbed by the news that the russian military had stolen and taken away the equipment of one of the largest solar electric stations in Ukraine, near the occupied Tokmak. Residents who saw the equipment being dismantled reported this. Fortunately, the information turned out to be somewhat distorted. SES owner Oleksandr Repkin said the workers "carried out repair work themselves and removed damaged equipment to avoid a fire." The installed capacity of the SES is 64.15 MW, but because the station was on the line of fire, it lost about 20% of its power. Damage from the destruction is estimated at 8 million euros. However, SES continues to supply electricity to the Ukrainian electricity system, providing the city of Tokmak, as well as the Prymorsk and Pryazovsk districts of the Zaporizhzhia region, under challenging conditions.
In the Zaporizhzhia region, Ukrainian defenders destroyed enemy sabotage and reconnaissance group trying to penetrate the rear, the region's administration reports. The Ukrainian troops eliminated six occupiers during the clash and took one invader prisoner. "He turned out to be a former convicted felon for serious crimes, serving his sentence in correctional facilities in the temporarily occupied territory of the Donetsk region. Here is the 'second army of the world,' the army of murderers, criminals, and looters," the statement said.
The Stanislav territorial community reported that the information about the release of the head of the community, Ivan Samoilenko, was not confirmed. He is still a prisoner of the russian military. His whereabouts are unknown. Yesterday the Bilozerka village council wrote that Samoilenko was released from captivity.
russian troops tried to retake territory in the area of Potiomkine, Plotnitske, and Laparievo.
Ukrainian aircraft struck enemy personnel and military equipment in the Snihurivlka and Beryslav districts. The enemy lost 18 soldiers, a T-72 tank, an Akatsiya self-propelled howitzer, vehicles, and a field ammunition depot in the Kherson region, the South operational command reports.
Today the russian military kidnapped the legitimate Kherson mayor Ihor Kolykhaiev. This was announced on his Facebook page by his adviser, Halyna Liashevska. MOST reports that Kolykhaiev was handcuffed and taken out of the room where he was.
Kherson residents say that a continuous convoy of trucks is moving in the direction of Crimea from Kherson. They take out the grain, vegetables, and everything they can find and take away. A train of grain wagons has been prepared at the railway station on the tracks. The station is now being repaired, preparing for the "opening of the connection with the Crimea."
The russian occupiers fired 11 rockets across Mykolaiv. The Ukrainian Armed Forces shot some of them down, Vitalii Kim, the head of the region, said in the morning.
Also, the blow fell on Ochakiv. Three people died, including a 6-year-old girl. Another 3-month-old baby is now in a coma.
The Security Service of Ukraine detained the former deputy of the city council of Mykolaiv, who developed the concept of the "Mykolaiv People's Republic," which further had to join the russian federation. There were many plans, but all of them will never come true.
It is the Mykolaiv stadium "de-Nazified" by the russian rocket. "Today, eight missiles arrived. Three of them were shot down; others hit different places of Mykolaiv. Two of them hit the base of the 79th brigade. At the beginning of the war, one of the barracks was destroyed by an aimed shot. Today, this town is empty, there is no one there, and russian troops regularly shell it. Another rocket hit our central stadium. It is good that no one was killed; no one was there. Last year we repaired the administrative and household building; everything was new there… Destroyed. We made a new field with heating; the rocket aimed there, in the stadium's bowl, leaving behind a crater 15 m wide," says Mayor Senkevich.
In the Odesa region, another Oniks missile was shot down by our military. "russians launched a rocket from the temporarily occupied Crimea," said Serhii Bratchuk, Odesa Regional State Administration.