Chechen Leader Claims Forces Have Surrounded Ukrainian Troops in Zolote

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has claimed that pro-Russia forces have surrounded the Ukrainian Army between the settlements of Zolote and Gorskoye.

In a statement obtained by Zenger, Kadyrov said Thursday: "Operational information directly from the line of contact comes from the fighters of the special police regiment named after Hero of Russia Akhmat-Khadzhi Kadyrov.

"Our guys are competently working in the area under the command of our dear brother and Hero of Russia, Zamid Chalaev."

Chechen special forces in Zolote Ukraine
Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has claimed that pro-Russia forces have surrounded the Ukrainian Army between the settlements of Zolote and Gorskoye. @ramzan/Zenger

"According to reliable information, the enemy has been forced into a tight circle between the settlements of Zolote and Gorskoye. Thus, all retreat routes are closed. The position of the Ukro-nazis is very delicate and fraught with severe consequences in the form of an early crushing defeat.

"Soldiers of the allied forces have put heavy pressure on the Ukro-nazis' positions and, apparently, the enemy has suffered heavy losses in manpower.

"Our soldiers' well-thought-out strategy, coupled with excellent combat skills, once again brought good results. At the moment, the Nazis, Banderites and mercenaries of all stripes, who have experienced the full force of the Chechen security forces, have only two options - capitulation or an early departure."

Banderites were followers of a World War II Ukrainian fascist leader, Stepan Bandera.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin calls a "special military operation." Thursday marks the 120th day of the invasion.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between February 24 and June 23, Russia had lost about 34,430 personnel, 1,504 tanks, 3,632 armored combat vehicles, 756 artillery units, 240 multiple launch rocket systems, 99 air defense systems, 216 warplanes, 183 helicopters, 620 drones, 137 cruise missiles, 14 warships, 2,548 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 60 units of special equipment.

Russian Foreign Ministry press secretary Maria Zakharova said that Moscow's response to Lithuania banning the transit of goods, sanctioned by the EU, to Kaliningrad will not only be diplomatic but also practical.

Ukrainian forces have said that they have been successfully thwarting fresh Russian attempts to advance in the Kharkiv region of northeastern Ukraine, but Russian forces have captured several settlements near Lysychansk and Severodonetsk, with 568 civilians believed to still be sheltering in Severodonetsk's Azot chemical plant.

The city of Lysychansk, in the Luhansk Oblast of eastern Ukraine, is now said to be under siege from Russian and pro-Russian forces.

Iryna Vereshchuk, Ukraine's deputy prime minister and minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories, has urged locals in the Kherson region to evacuate, to help Ukrainian forces "de-occupy" the area.

British intelligence has claimed that the pro-Russia, so-called Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) may have lost about 55 percent of its original forces.

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky said that this is a "historic week" as Kyiv awaits a decision from Brussels regarding its EU candidate status, with the EU expected to approve the application at a summit in Brussels on Thursday.

The European Parliament adopted a resolution June 8 recommending that the European Union grant Ukraine the status of candidate country for EU membership. In the motion, 438 Members of the European Parliament voted in favor of the resolution, with 65 voting against and 94 abstaining.

Zelensky, speaking to the African Union on Monday, accused Russia of holding Africa "hostage" over grain and fertilizer shortages.

The head of the International Energy Agency, Fatih Birol, has warned that Russia may stop supplying gas to Europe this winter. Several European countries have already received less Russian gas than expected in the last few weeks, with European imports of natural gas from Russia dropping from approximately 40 percent before the war began to 20 percent.

This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.