Day 118: shelling of Kharkiv and region, Ukraine’s strike on Zmiyinyi Island, Russia’s assault on Luhansk region

In Kharkiv region, 15 killed in one day, including a child. Fifteen people were killed and 16 were injured in Russian shelling of Kharkiv region on June 21, head of the Kharkiv regional military administration Oleh Syniehubov said.

“Fifteen people were killed and 16 wounded. These are the horrible consequences of Russia’s daytime shelling in Kharkiv region,” Syniehubov said on Telegram.

On the evening, Russian forces shelled the Chuhuyiv community, he added. Six people were killed, and four more were wounded, Syniehubov said quoting preliminary reports. 

He confirmed that five people were killed and 11 wounded in Kharkiv. “An eight-year-old child was killed in Kharkiv region, her mother was wounded. Three people were killed in the Zolochiv community. These are acts of terrorism. These are crimes against humanity that must be punished,” the head of the Kharkiv regional military administration said.

Ukraine confirms strikes against Zmiyinyi Island. Ukrainian troops struck Zmiyinyi Island, official sources confirmed. Russian forces took heavy losses.

The Ukrainian Armed Forces carried out a targeted strike using a variety of forces and weapons, the Operational Command Pivden (South) said on Facebook.  

Russia’s island garrison took significant losses, the command added. Earlier media reports said dozens of explosions were audible on Zmiyinyi Island, and a fire started. Witnesses said they saw missiles flying toward the island.

Luhansk region becomes flash point. Russian forces captured Pidlisne and Myrna Dolyna near Lysychansk in Luhansk region. They had partial success outside Hirske and toward Bila Hora. Ukrainian troops repelled an assault toward Vysoke, the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces said in an evening report. Russian forces captured Toshkivka in Luhansk region, head of the Severodonetsk district military administration Roman Vlasenko said. “Toshkivka is fully occupied by Russian troops. They are trying to break through our defense between Myrna Dolyna and Hirske. Yesterday they were stopped, but they continue attempts to advance,” Vlasenko said. Fighting rages in almost all of Luhansk region. The week can be decisive, and fighting can become more intense, he added.

Ukraine in Flames #103 How OSINT and big data help holding Russia accountable

While brutal Russian war crimes shock the whole civilized world, Russian propaganda keeps brazenly blanching the actions of “liberators”. However, with the means of OSINT (Open Source Intelligence), the lies become easier to detect and defeat. Watch Ukraine in Flames #103 to learn more about how atrial photography, social media photos, text messages, and artificial intelligence become another weapon in today’s war, helping document Russia’s war crimes, hold the occupiers accountable, and much more.


Lukas Andriukaitis,  Associate Director at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab)

Roman Osadchuk, Research Assistant for Eurasia at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab 

Eto Buziashvili, Research Assistant for the Caucasus at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab

Jakub Kubs, analyst at DebunkEU