President Volodymyr Zelensky has promised not to stop his election campaign in Ukraine. regain territory lost to Russia.
Sunday’s pledge says Britain is stepping up raids on civilian infrastructure by Russian forces, while top US general warns it is unclear how Russia will react to battlefield retreat in Ukraine It was done when
Zelensky said the Ukrainian military will continue to put pressure on Russia.
“Maybe after a string of victories it seems like we’re having some kind of lull,” he said in his nightly video address. “But this is not a lull.” This is preparation for the next series… because Ukraine must be free – everything.”
The Ukrainian military said it had repelled offensives by Russian forces in the Kharkiv region to the east and the Kherson region to the south, where Ukraine launched a counteroffensive earlier this month, as well as parts of neighboring Donetsk. Ukrainian forces have advanced to the east bank of the Oskir River in the Kharkiv region.
“Since yesterday, Ukraine controls the East Bank,” he told Telegram.
The governor of neighboring Luhansk province, Serhi Hayday, said this meant the “deoccupation” of his province was “not far away.”
As Russian shells hit towns and cities over the weekend, the UK Defense Ministry warned that it was likely to increase attacks on civilian targets as Moscow suffered a battlefield defeat.
“Over the past seven days, Russia has increased its civilian infrastructure targets, even where it would likely have no direct military impact,” the ministry said in an online briefing. Facing setbacks, Russia may have expanded the areas it is poised to strike in order to directly undermine the morale of the Ukrainian people and government.”
Meanwhile, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. Army Gen. Mark Milley, has called for vigilance after visiting a Polish base that supports Ukraine’s war effort. His remarks were a reminder of the risk of escalation as the United States and its NATO allies support Ukraine from afar.
“War is not going well for Russia right now, so it is imperative that all of us maintain a high level of preparedness and vigilance.”
Putin, Biden warning
But Russian President Vladimir Putin dismissed Ukraine’s quick counterattack, saying Moscow would. react more strongly If that army is further pressured.
Such repeated threats have raised concerns that Putin may turn to small nuclear weapons and chemical weapons.
US President Joe Biden asked what Putin would tell him if he considered using such a weapon. answered In an interview with CBS’ 60 Minutes, he said: please do not. please do not. It will change the face of war unlike it has since World War II. ”
Some military analysts say Russia could have a nuclear incident at Zaporizhia, Europe’s largest nuclear power plant owned by Russia but operated by Ukrainian staff. Moscow and Kyiv have accused each other of shelling around the plant, which damaged buildings and disrupted power lines needed to maintain cooling and safety.
A top Vatican envoy reportedly opened fire while he was helping distribute humanitarian supplies in the city of Zaporizhia on Saturday. They were forced to go into hiding, the Vatican News Agency said Sunday, reporting no injuries.
“For the first time in my life, I didn’t know where to run. Running is not enough, you need to know where to go,” said the Polish-born cardinal.
Ukrainian officials, meanwhile, reported that shelling continued across large parts of the country.
A fire in Russia killed four health workers who were trying to evacuate a mental hospital in the Kharkiv region on Saturday, governor Oleh Syniehubov said. Two patients were injured in the attack in Strelecha, he said.
Overnight shelling also hit a hospital in Mykolaiv, an important Black Sea port, said regional governor Vitaly Kim. Also, during this one-day Russian attack in the eastern Donetsk region, he said five civilians were killed, and further west in Nikopol, dozens of homes, gas pipelines and power lines were destroyed, according to the regional governor. attacked.
Separately, the pro-Russian separatists that control much of Donetsk accused Ukraine of shelling the prisoner-of-war colony of Olenivka, saying one prisoner was killed and four wounded in the attack. Stated.
Al Jazeera was unable to independently verify the battlefield report.
In areas recaptured from Russian troops, returning Ukrainians were looking for dead relatives.
In Izyum, where Ukrainian authorities said they had found 440 bodies in a forest cemetery, Volodymyr Kolesnik matched the numbers on wooden crosses with the names on a neatly handwritten list to locate relatives he said were dead. I was trying to stop him. war. Kolesnyk told Reuters it got the list from the local funeral home that dug the grave.
“They buried the body in a bag without a coffin or anything. [Russians] I said it was mined and asked to wait,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Kharkiv prosecutor has accused Russia of torturing civilians in one recently liberated village. In an online statement, they said they discovered a cellar in Kozacha Lopan, near the Russian border, where Russian forces allegedly tortured prisoners. Images they released showed his TA-57 phone in the Russian Army with additional wires and an alligator clip attached. Ukrainian officials have accused the Russian military of using Soviet-era radiotelephones as a power source to shock prisoners during interrogations.
The claims of the Ukrainians could not be immediately confirmed.
Elsewhere in the region, residents of towns recaptured after six months of Russian occupation have returned with a mixture of joy and apprehension.
“I still have the feeling that at any moment a shell could explode or a plane could fly over us,” says Balakriya, from Kharkiv with her husband and daughter to her hometown, where the apartment block was intact. but found damaged by artillery fire.
“I’m still scared to be here,” she said after discovering debris on the wall.
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