Memorial Service Held for Ukrainian Soldier in Kyiv.

A memorial ceremony was held in downtown Kyiv on June 22, 2022, for a Ukrainian soldier who lost his life in the eastern Kharkiv region.

Britain’s Defense Ministry said Wednesday that Russia is continuing its heavy shelling as it tries to envelop the Sievierodonetsk area.

A ministry statement also said Russia is “highly likely preparing to attempt to deploy a large number of reserve units to the Donbas.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in his nightly video address that the military situation in the eastern region of Luhansk “is really the toughest area right now. The occupiers are also putting serious pressure on the Donetsk direction.”

He said Russia has stepped up efforts to evict Ukrainian troops from key areas.

Serhiy Haidai, governor of Ukraine’s eastern Luhansk region, told The Associated Press in written comments, “It’s just hell there. Everything is engulfed in fire. The shelling doesn’t stop even for an hour.”

“Today, everything that can burn is on fire,” Haidai said. He reported heavy fighting at the Azot chemical plant in Sievierodonetsk, where Ukrainian fighters and about 500 civilians are taking shelter.

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