A Ukrainian counterattack was underway near the Russian-owned town of Izyum, but its troops said on Sunday that Russian troops were advancing elsewhere in the Donbas region, where Russian troops became the main theater of the war last month. reported.
The Ukrainian army, which has been fiercely resisting since Russia launched its invasion on February 24, has achieved a series of successes. He first forced the Russian commander to abandon his advance in the capital, Kieu, and then made rapid profits in the northeast to ward off his enemies. From Kharkov’s second largest city.
Since mid-April, Russian troops have concentrated much of their firepower to the east for what has become known as the “War in Donbas.”
Ukrainian troops provided updates on Sunday morning, stating that “despite the loss, Russian troops continue to move forward in the wider Donbass region of Lyman, Sievierodnetsk, Avdiivka and Krakifu.” rice field.
Ukrainian troops reported destroying eight Russian tanks, five cannon systems, and drones, along with other armored vehicles, as they fought across Donbus the day before.
The regional governor said Ukrainian troops launched a counterattack near the strategic city of Izyum, which straddles the Siverskyi Donets, about 120 km southeast of the highway from Kharkov.
“The hottest place remains the direction of Izyum,” Governor Ole Sinegboff said in a comment aired on social media. “Our army switched to counterattack there. The enemy has receded in some respects, which is a result of the character of our army.”
Reuters could not independently verify the Ukrainian report.
However, British military intelligence gave a terrible evaluation on Sunday for Russia’s Donbus campaign. Russia has lost about one-third of its ground combat units deployed in February, and the attack on Donbus is “significantly behind schedule”, and it is unlikely that it will move rapidly in the next 30 days. I am.
Maintaining pressure on Izyum and Russia’s supply lines will make it more difficult for Moscow to surround combat-strengthened Ukrainian troops on the Eastern Front of Donbus.
The Russian Defense Ministry said its troops had killed at least 100 Ukrainian “nationalists” in a series of strikes at military installations, including Donbus. Reuters could not independently verify the report.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the situation in Donbus was still very difficult, adding that Russian troops were still trying to save some victory there.
“They haven’t stopped their efforts,” he said.
Elsewhere, Ukrainian troops said they were not disappointed on Sunday in the bombardment of Russian steelworks at Mariupol’s South Harbor.
Zelenskiy said negotiations are underway to find ways to evacuate injured soldiers from Mariupol in exchange for the release of Russian prisoners of war.
A large fleet of cars and vans carrying refugees from the ruins of Mariupol arrived in Zaporizhia, a Ukrainian-controlled city, after dawn on Saturday, after days waiting for Russian troops to leave them.
Russia rejected Ukraine’s allegations of attacking and firing a modern naval logistics vessel in the Black Sea, showing a photo of Vsevolod Bobrov with no signs of damage.
On Saturday night, Ukraine celebrated a morale-boosting victory at the Eurovision Song Contest. This was seen as a sign of popular support for Ukraine throughout Europe.
“Our courage impresses the world and our music conquers Europe! Ukraine will host the Eurovision Song Contest next year,” after the Karsh Orchestra won the entry “Stephania”. Zelensky said in an online message.
Eurovision winners will traditionally host events the following year.
As another proof of international solidarity, a US Republican senator visited Kyiv without notice. The delegation talked about further strengthening sanctions on Russia, Zelensky said.
In addition to losing a large number of men and many military equipment, Russia has been hit by economic sanctions. The G7’s industrial powers promised to “further increase economic and political pressure on Russia” and supply Ukraine with more weapons on Saturday.
The invasion of Moscow, called a “special operation” to disarm Ukraine and protect it from fascists, has shaken Europe’s security. Kieu and his western allies state that fascist claims are an unfounded excuse for an unprovoked war of aggression.
One of the purposes of Russia’s actions in Ukraine was to prevent the former Soviet Republic from joining NATO.
However, Finland’s President Sauli Niinistö called Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, and his country, which shares a 1,300 km (800 mile) border with Russia, has the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to strengthen its security. Said he would like to participate in.
Putin told Niinistö that it was a mistake for Helsinki to abandon its neutral nation, the Kremlin said, adding that the move could harm bilateral relations.
President Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman mentions the activities of Kurds living in Scandinavian countries, and Turkey has not closed the door to Sweden and Finland joining NATO, but is considered negotiations and terrorist activities with them. He said he wanted to crack down on what was happening. – Reuters
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/russia-has-lost-about-third-of-ground-force-says-uk-intelligence-1.4878801?localLinksEnabled=false Russia has lost about one-third of its ground forces, British intelligence says