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Putin warns West against sending longer-range missiles and will hit harder

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the plenary session of the first Eurasian Economic Forum in Bishkek, via video link from Moscow, Russia, May 26, 2022.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued a broad warning to the West that his military will hit new targets if the United States begins supplying Ukraine with longer-range missiles, TASS news agency reported.

Putin said in an interview broadcast on the Russia-1 television channel that if these weapons are provided: “We will draw the relevant conclusions and take our own means of attack, which, with the aim of hitting the objects that we do not haven’t touched so far, we’ve had enough.”

Putin did not specify which targets he would try to hit.

Ukrainian officials have been asking the West for weeks to send longer-range advanced rocket systems to help them in the war. Officials in Washington have had to weigh the benefits of sending the weapons against the risk of pushing Putin to commit further atrocities.

President Joe Biden said in a Editorial from the New York Times last Thursday, the United States would supply Ukraine with more advanced rocket systems and ammunition.

—Jessica Bursztynsky

Eastern city of Severodonetsk split between Ukrainian and Russian control, official says

Luhansk RMA chief Serhii Haidai said the eastern city of Severodonetsk is now split between Russian and Ukrainian control, according to a translation by NBC News.

Smoke and dirt rise in the city of Severodonetsk during fighting between Ukrainian and Russian troops in the Donbass region, eastern Ukraine, June 2, 2022.

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This indicates gains for Ukrainian forces, as the city was about 70% controlled by the Russians two days ago, the official said. Haidai also said that the Russian occupiers lost a large number of people and eight Russians were taken prisoner.

CNBC was unable to immediately confirm the report. The situation on the ground in Ukraine is changing rapidly.

In his evening speech, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said: “The situation in Severodonetsk, where street fighting continues, remains extremely difficult.

—Christine Wang

Multiple explosions hit Ukrainian capital Kyiv, mayor says

Several explosions were heard in kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, after missile strikes on infrastructure, the city’s mayor said according to a translation by NBC News.

Mayor Vitaliy Klychko said one person had been sent to hospital and services were already working at the affected sites.

The mayor of another town in the region, Brovary, also urged residents to stay calm and in safe places after reports of enemy fire in the area.

CNBC was unable to confirm the report. Military developments on the ground remain difficult to confirm in a rapidly evolving situation.

—Christine Wang

UK says Russia is using separatist forces in eastern Ukraine

Ukrainian forces in the disputed eastern city of Sieverodonetsk clashed with Russian-led separatist forces originating from Luhansk, the British Ministry of Defense said.

The ministry said these forces are poorly equipped and trained and lack heavy equipment, compared to regular Russian units. He said the use of proxy troops is a Russian tactic that has already been seen in Syria and suggests a desire to limit casualties among Moscow’s own forces.

CNBC was unable to immediately confirm troop movements. Military developments may be difficult or impossible to confirm in the fluid situation on the ground.

—Christine Wang

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