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Top events of Sunday, 19 June

Assault on Sievierodonetsk, Lysychansk shellings, Verkhovna Rada's session, and return of McDonald’s. News to remember about the 116th day of the full-scale war.

Top events of Sunday, 19 June
Photo: Dmytro Zhyvytskyy

General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces reports that the rf's army is carrying out missile and air strikes at Ukrainian military objects as well as civilian ones.

In the Sievierodonetsk direction, the enemy is carrying out aerial reconnaissance by "Orlan-10" UAVs around the clock. They are conducting assault operations to establish full control over Sievierodonetsk, the hostilities are ongoing, and the enemy has not succeeded.

More on the situation as of 7 p.m. on 19 May in other directions – in our news story.

In the Novomoskovsk district of the Dnipropetrovsk region, an oil reservoir hit by occupiers’ missiles blew up.

The tragic event happened at around 9 a.m. on 19 June. The explosions occurred when the rescue workers were trying to put out the fire after a missile attack. According to the Regional Military Administration head Valentyn Reznichenko, one rescuer was killed, and two more were hospitalized.

On Sunday, 19 June, russian occupiers fired a mortar at the Sumy region twice, damaging at least 10 houses and household buildings.

Over the previous day, the enemy conducted two strikes at the infrastructure of the Industrial district of Kharkiv.

"As we see, the occupiers keep terrorizing the peaceful population of the city by constant shellings, almost by "schedule" at this point," – the Kharkiv RMA head Oleh Synyehubov wrote on his Telegram, urging the citizens to stay vigilant and not ignore the air raid sirens.

In the Izyum district, the enemy struck at an oil refining enterprise, causing a big fire.

The Luhansk RMA Serhiy Haidai reported that on 19 June, the rf's army tried to break through near Toshkivska and even succeeded but our artillery's work the occupiers suffered a defeat.

"Fierce fighting continues in Sievierodonetsk, the orcs are trying to capture the city in full, but they have had no success, the ruscists are suffering massive losses," – Haidai noted.

Lysychansk is currently under Ukrainian control, but the city is under constant shellings by the rf's army.

In the Zaporizhzhia region, the occupiers are concentrating equipment and manpower, namely, in Vasylivka the enemy was recorded unloading a significant amount of large-caliber weapons and ammunition, the Zaporizhzhia region's Defence Forces report.

The Ukrainian troops assume that the enemy is preparing for active hostilities.

Melitopol mayor Ivan Fedorov in his video address emphasized that the UAF advanced for more than 10 kilometers toward the temporarily occupied city, and they are also near the borders of Kherson.

The Ukrainian parliament had a fruitful day. Verkhovna Rada on Sunday's session voted for addressing the European Union members and institutions regarding the support for giving Ukraine the EU membership candidate status.

The MPs also backed in the first reading a draft law that obliges building new houses with mandatory bomb shelters.

Adopting the law "will ensure creating additional measures in the construction sector regarding protecting the population from explosions, blast waves, damage caused by dangerous chemical, radioactive, and biologically hazardous substances," – the explanatory sheet reads.

One more Rada decision was to ban the aggressor state's music in media and public transport.

Establishing such a ban will enable, in particular, "to increase national music product's share in cultural space". The law imposes the definition of "national music product" and outlines the mechanisms to support it.

Verkhovna Rada also adopted in general the "Law on imposing restrictions on the import and distribution of publishing products related to the aggressor state, Belarus, and the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine".

Read our news story for more of the law's key targets.

Moldova's President Maia Sandu signed a law on information security that prohibits news and analytical content from the countries that haven't ratified the Convention on Transfrontier Television.

The law will be published and come in force next week, after which spreading misinformation and misleading content will entail penalties up to temporary blocking of media.

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy congratulated Boris Johnson on his Birthday.

On Sunday, the 77th Prime Minister of Great Britain turned 58 years old.

The Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba stated that the MFA is persuading McDonald's to reopen in Ukraine. The company halted its restaurants' work in Ukraine for security reasons after 24 February.

The MFA is convinced that there are now conditions for McDonald’s to renew its work in Ukraine so they are actively persuading them to come back.

The complete picture of today is on our website.

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