Russia controls “most” of Severodonetsk

(CNN Spanish) – Russia’s war in Ukraine does not subside. These are the latest events in the conflict that keep the world in turmoil.

Russia now controls “most of Severodonetsk,” with “troops moving toward the center,” according to the head of the Luhansk Regional Military Administration. But Serhi Heidi denied Russian reports that Russian forces had captured the entire city.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky welcomed the new EU sanctions against Moscow, but criticized the delay as “unacceptable”.

In addition, Gazprom, Russia’s state energy company, will stop supplying gas to Denmark from Wednesday.

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Russians control ‘most of Severodonetsk’

Serhiy Heidi, head of the Luhansk region’s military administration, said Russian forces now control most of the city of Severodonetsk, but dismissed suggestions that Ukrainian forces in the region were surrounded.

“We are in constant contact,” he said. “There is an opportunity to maneuver, so the army is now quietly maintaining their defense in the positions they now occupy. The city at this point has 90% of the houses damaged. 60% of them are almost impossible to restore. And all the vital infrastructure has been completely destroyed.”

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Heidi said: “Now there is no chance to leave Severodonetsk. It is a big risk and chances of escape [ileso] They are very small. So it makes no sense to risk people’s lives.”

Heidi added that the Russian goal is to encircle all Ukrainian forces. “Of course, they would like to take the entire Luhansk region faster. Either cut off the” Lyschansk – Bakhmut “road, or take Severodonetsk as soon as possible. But they failed to capture the whole region.”

If Russian forces took control of Severodonetsk, the neighboring city of Lysichansk would be the only urban area of ​​any size in Luhansk that would remain under Ukrainian control.

Zelensky criticizes the EU’s delay in imposing sanctions on Russia

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday welcomed the new package of sanctions imposed by the European Union on Moscow, but criticized the bloc for the more than 50-day gap between the fifth and sixth rounds of sanctions.

“More than 50 days have passed since the fifth package of sanctions, and this is unacceptable to us,” Zelensky said during a joint press conference with Slovak Prime Minister Zuzana Caputova in Kyiv on Tuesday.

European Council leaders said on Monday that the European Union had agreed to ban 90 percent of Russian oil imports by the end of the year.

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Gazprom stops supplying Denmark with Russian gas

Danish energy company Ørsted has confirmed that Russian energy giant Gazprom will halt gas supplies from June 1 after Ørsted refused to pay for gas in rubles.

“At Ørsted, we remain steadfast in our refusal to pay in rubles, and we are preparing for this scenario, so we still hope to provide gas to our customers,” said Mads Knepper, Group Chairman and CEO of the company, Mads Knepper. Danish

Ørsted warned on Monday that it could be disrupted, adding that preparations to reduce supply risks more broadly include filling gas storage facilities in Germany and Denmark.

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About 4% of Denmark’s total energy consumption comes from Russian gas, according to European think tank Bruegel.

Finland, Poland and Bulgaria had already cut off Russian gas supplies after refusing to pay in rubles. Russian President Vladimir Putin said in March that “enemy” countries should pay rubles instead of euros or dollars stipulated in contracts.

Global oil prices closed at their highest level in nearly 3 months

Brent crude closed Tuesday at its highest level in nearly three months after the European Union reached an agreement to ban 90% of its imports of Russian oil by the end of the year.

However, oil closed above daily highs after a new report indicated that OPEC may finally be preparing for a much-needed production increase.

Brent crude, the global benchmark, rose 1% on the day, to close at $122.84 a barrel, its highest close since March 8. Earlier in the session, Brent traded as high as $125.28.

After an initial rally, US crude closed at $114.67 a barrel, down 0.4% on the day.

This comes after the European Union reached an agreement on a partial ban on Russian oil imports in an attempt to punish Moscow for its invasion of Ukraine. While new sanctions were widely expected, the move would further affect global energy supplies.

Europe is the largest buyer of Russian energy, shipping about 2.4 million barrels of Russian crude to Europe per day in 2021, according to the International Energy Agency.

“Somehow, between now and the end of the year, the world has to find a way to make up for this shortfall,” said Andy Lipow, president of Lipow Oil Associates.

What caused global stocks to drop? 1:04

CNN’s Tim Lister, Kostan Nechiburnko, Niamh Kennedy, Robert North and Matt Egan contributed to this report.

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