Four months on, Ukraine conflict turning into war of attrition

Four months have passed since Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and the conflict is turning into a war of attrition.

Russia's defense ministry announced on Thursday that its troops have killed more than 150 Ukrainian soldiers in the eastern region of Luhansk. It added that they have destroyed 49 fuel facilities and up to 50 combat vehicles belonging to the Ukrainian forces.

The Russian forces are believed to be focusing their offensive on Ukraine's two eastern regions. They are intensifying their attacks on Ukraine's stronghold of Severodonetsk and the neighboring city of Lysychansk in a bid to take a full control of Luhansk.

Britain's defense ministry also said on Thursday that the Russian forces are stepping up their offensive on the area around Severodonetsk by advancing their units toward Lysychansk.

The Institute for the Study of War, a US think tank, also said on Wednesday that Russian forces are highly likely to reach Lysychansk within a few days.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian forces are trying to recapture some Russia-held areas in the southern region of Kherson. They are also continuing intense battles in areas along the Black Sea and islands that make up the transport route for grain exports.

Oleksii Reznikov, Ukraine's defense minister, said on Thursday that his country has received a delivery of High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, which will allow them to hit targets up to 80 kilometers away.

He added that summer will be hot for Russian occupiers, and it will be "the last one" for some of them.
But Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his determination not to retreat on June 17, saying his country will achieve all of the goals of what he calls the special military operation.