Russian Ops in Ukraine (June 24, 2022): Russian Encirclement Closes on Ukrainian Forces

Update on Russian military operations in Ukraine for June 24, 2022

– Russian forces encircle, kill, capture, or drive out 2,000+ Ukrainian forces near Severodonetsk;
– Ukrainian forces ordered to withdraw from Severodonetsk;
– Lysychansk next to be encircled;
– HIMARS now in the hands of Ukrainian troops, more on the way;
– Western analysts begin to admit limits to Western aid to Ukraine including recently proposed Gray Eagle drone shipments;
– US Congress members want F-15, F-16 training for Ukrainian pilots;
– Ukraine’s military industrial support in the West is outmatched by Russia;

References:

Institute for the Study of War (ISW) – Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, June 23, 2022:
https://www.understandingwar.org/back…
AP (via Defense News) – US to send Ukraine rocket systems, other aid in new package:
https://www.defensenews.com/pentagon/…
Foreign Policy – ‘It’s Not Afghanistan’: Ukrainian Pilots Push Back on U.S.-Provided Drones:
https://foreignpolicy.com/2022/06/21/…
War on the Rocks – GETTING DRONES READY FOR CONVENTIONAL WAR:
https://warontherocks.com/2022/06/get…
Congressman Adam Kinzinger – Kinzinger & Houlahan Introduce Ukraine Fighter Pilots Act:
https://kinzinger.house.gov/news/docu…
CSIS Missile Defense Project – Russian Air and Missile Defense:
https://missilethreat.csis.org/system…
Alexander Mercouris – Day of Disaster for Ukraine in Donbass, UK Military Think Tank Confirms US Unable to Re-Arm Ukraine (RUSI article: The Return of Industrial Warfare):

The Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI) – The Return of Industrial Warfare:
https://rusi.org/explore-our-research…
RUSI – Funding:
https://rusi.org/about/support-rusi/f…
RUSI – Russia’s Ukraine Invasion: The Most Dangerous Phase is Upon Us:
https://rusi.org/explore-our-research…
Al Jazeera – As Kyiv claims political victory, Russia advances in east Ukraine:
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/6…
The Guardian – EU leaders to grant Ukraine candidate status in blow to Putin:
https://www.theguardian.com/world/202…

Donbass: Zolotoye and Gorskoye Cauldron and the Almost Complete Encirclement of Lisichansk