Top news stories about the Russia-Ukraine war on Russia's Channel One on Thursday, June 2, 2022.

By Madeline Roache and Jonathan Campion

What follows is NewsGuard’s summary and translation of the top stories about the Russia-Ukraine war from Russia’s state TV Channel One. NewsGuard presents these stories in the order that they appear on the program.

Ukrainian militia continue to fire on peaceful civilians

We begin with the situation in Donbas, where Ukrainian forces have begun new intensive attacks on residential areas. The Ukrainian army has hit the town of Gorlovka with Grad missiles. Four peaceful civilians have been taken to the hospital, including a ten-year-old child with shrapnel wounds, and his mother, who has a serious concussion. Ukraine is also continuing its missile attacks on Donetsk – people are being targeted with Grad missiles and Uragan rockets. Eight mines have exploded in the settlement of Golmovsky, while the militia has opened fire on Makeyevka and Yasinovataya. In the Lugansk People’s Republic, nationalists have fired on Pervomaisk with sub artillery.

The Defense Ministry has shared footage of the C-300 Favorite air defense missile system in operation 

This missile system is a modernized version of an existing system. It is able to identify all targets within a radius of 300 kilometers, traveling at any altitude or speed. This means that it can easily destroy Bayraktar drones: these are a simple target, because they move quickly and at high altitudes. Our servicemen say that it’s more difficult to see objects that fly low and slowly, like helicopters. But these don’t pose a problem either, thanks to a special locator, which looks like the mast of a television antenna. The taller the locator, the lower the targets that it can identify.

Russian service crews repair damaged vehicles quickly and effectively

These crews work on the battlefields, and do everything to ensure that damaged military vehicles can return to action in the shortest possible time. But before they do, they are put through a thorough inspection, which always shows that they are back to full working order. 

A mechanic in a balaclava commented: “They brought this tank to our crew to be repaired. It’s taken us about 12 hours. Another couple of hours of work and it will be ready to go back into battle.” 

The Russian Defense Ministry has given a warning about new provocations by the Ukrainian army

In the town of Nikolaev Ukrainian nationalists, who are still not abandoning their criminal tactics, have set up barracks in a school, and are storing their weapons and ammunition in kindergartens. In Kramatorsk, armored vehicles and heavy artillery are being kept in the grounds of a high school. There is the same situation at an academy in Slavyansk. In Odessa, a school and a student dormitory have been turned into trenches and a military base, our National Defense Management Center has announced. The Center has also warned that the Kiev regime is planning another provocation in the town of Shostka in Sumy region. This provocation was uncovered by intercepting Ukrainian radio communications.

Shostka is expecting a delivery of long-range rocket systems from the United States in the near future, which will help groups of armed militia under the control of the Ukrainian Security Service to launch an attack on residential districts on the border with the Russian Federation. The Ukrainian neo-Nazis will do this in order to provoke Russia’s armed forces into returning fire, after which they will accuse Russia of making indiscriminate attacks on civilian infrastructure and killing peaceful Ukrainian civilians. This was announced by colonel general Mikhail Mizintsev, head of the National Defense Management Center of Russia.

The USA’s new military aid package to Ukraine will include multiple-launch rocket systems

There has been official confirmation from the United States: the new military aid package for Ukraine will include HIMARS multiple-launch rocket systems with a range of about 80 kilometers, in addition to Javelins, combat vehicles, helicopters, and ammunition, as previously reported by the media. The multiple rocket launchers have been transported to Europe in advance, in order to transfer the weapons to Kiev as soon as possible. A total of four launchers will be delivered. Ukraine was clearly hoping for greater generosity: in order to receive them, the authorities even had to make a public promise not to use these weapons for attacks on Russian territory.

 It has long been known that Kiev’s promises mean nothing, but this doesn’t concern anyone in the United States. On the other hand, Interpol has become concerned that the volume of arms deliveries to Ukraine has become too large, and there is a high risk that it will fall into the wrong hands. According to the head of Interpol Jürgen Stock, criminals are already taking an interest in this arsenal.

The director of the USA’s National Security Agency has spoken about attacks on Russia by hackers

This revelation from Paul Nakasone, director of the US National Security Agency, came in an interview with Great Britain’s Sky News. That the United States is conducting hacking attacks against Russia is nothing new, but this is the first time it has been acknowledged at this level. And here’s the interesting thing: to conduct one of the cyber attacks, the US military came to Ukraine even before the Russian special operation in Donbas began. So the question is, what were they preparing for, and what did they want to achieve? 

Mr. Nakasone said: “We went in December 2021, at the invitation of the government in Kiev. We were there for almost 90 days.” He also confirmed that the hacking group was taken out of Ukraine in February, the day before the special operation commenced, along with other personnel from the U.S. Department of Defense.