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Zelensky in Donbas frontline zone, "closed sky" for Lavrov: last night's highlights
6 June, 2022

President Volodymyr Zelensky visited the positions of Ukrainian troops in the Bakhmut and Lysychansk districts, while Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's plane was banned from the air space of three Balkan states. Here is what you may have missed from the previous night.

Zelensky in the Donbas

During a working trip to Zaporizhzhya, Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, President Volodymyr Zelensky visited the positions of Ukrainian troops in the Bakhmut and Lysychansk districts. According to the president, "something was brought" to the Ukrainian military, but he did not provide any details.

Lavrov's plane banned by three countries

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was going to fly to Belgrade on June 6. But three countries at once — Montenegro, Bulgaria and North Macedonia — banned his plane from flying into its airspace.

According to media reports, the Serbian leadership has confirmed the ban on Lavrov's plane. At the same time, the office of Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić announced that he would meet with Russian Ambassador to Belgrade Alexander Botsan-Kharchenko on the morning of June 7.

Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabić said the situation with the Russian foreign minister's visit to Belgrade was "extremely difficult" and that President Vučić was in charge of the logistics of his trip.

Belarusians in the ranks of the Armed Forces

Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya said that up to 1,500 Belarusian volunteers are fighting in the Ukrainian army and their number is likely to grow.

According to her, currently Belarusians who want to help Ukraine are also undergoing training in other countries. Tsikhanouskaya did not specify exactly where and how many volunteers, noting that she was not authorized to speak about it.

Austria offers Ukraine a "preparatory space" for the EU

Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer believes that Ukraine's full rapid accession to the European Union is currently impossible, as the country is struggling for its political and territorial survival. According to him, the EU should create a "European preparatory space" that will allow countries to strengthen cooperation and better adapt to EU standards.

Russia changes the ship grouping in the Black Sea

Russia's naval group in the Black Sea is being reformatted once again. According to the Operational Command "South", one surface ship and one submarine equipped with 12 cruise missiles are now ready to launch missile strikes from the sea. Also in readiness for action are 5 large landing ships.

On June 5, the Ukrainian military in the south struck 59 occupiers, destroyed a Russian tank and six other armored vehicles, the TOR M1 anti-aircraft missile system, a multiple rocket launcher, the Gvozdika self-propelled howitzer, and five cars. Also in three different settlements of the Kherson region three field ammunition depots were destroyed.