Russia-Ukraine war live updates: Street battles in Severodonetsk; Zelensky says Russia holds 20% of Ukraine

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said June 1 that Ukraine gave assurances it will not use long-range U.S. weapons systems against targets in Russian territory. (Video: Reuters)

Updated June 2, 2022 at 11: 13 p.m. EDT|Published

June 2, 2022 at 2: 32 a.m. EDT

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Ukraine is suffering significant setbacks in parts of the east, amid grueling street-by-street battles in the key city of Severodonetsk, with the British Defense Ministry saying most of the city is in Russian hands. After nearly 100 days of fighting, Russian forces control 20 percent of Ukraine, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a speech to the Luxembourg parliament.

Ukraine may face a long war of attrition with Russia, and its allies need to find a way to make their support “sustainable” over the long term, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday.

The NATO leader said in an interview with The Washington Post that the fighting could easily drag into an “unresolved conflict,” with neither side willing to make the concessions necessary for any deal. He said, “We have to be ready that this could actually drag on for long.”

Here’s what else to know

  • Stoltenberg acknowledged that the price tag of Western support for Ukraine is steadily rising but said ending the support would also be costly since it would embolden Russia.
  • Russian officials have raised increasingly frustrated requests for greater support during discussions with Beijing in recent weeks.
  • The United States announced a new round of sanctions on Russian officials and targeted yachts and aircraft it identified as linked to sanctioned Russian elites.
  • The Post has lifted its paywall for readers in Russia and Ukraine. Telegram users can subscribe to our channel.

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