Ukraine: the Russian advance is making little progress – Politics

Fierce fighting between Ukrainian defenders and Russian aggressors took place in eastern Ukraine in the Luhansk region and along the entire front line in Donbass on Friday and the previous days. Ukraine cited 18 attacks repelled and various Russian military equipment destroyed. British military intelligence and experts from the Institute for the Study of War said the Russian advance was not making significant progress there, despite the high concentration of troops in the area.

What has happened since Wednesday on the Seversky Donets River in the Donbass, west of the city of Sieverodonetsk, is considered significant. Apparently, Ukrainian units pushed back an entire Russian battalion trying to cross the river, hitting it hard, even devastatingly. Up to 1,000 Russians could have been killed, the Ukrainian side said. Britain’s military intelligence service said the number could not be confirmed.

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Aerial drone footage shows devastated waterfront land, charred trees, destroyed buildings, burnt reservoirs and a pontoon bridge that has broken at an angle and ends in the middle of the river. In addition to the equipment of these pontoon bridges, the Russian battalion lost almost all of its armored vehicles, said the British Ministry of Defense. He provided this assessment: “River crossings in a disputed area are a particularly risky maneuver; it speaks to the pressure on Russian commanders to make progress in their operations in eastern Ukraine.”

According to sources in kyiv, the Russians are trying to reach the other bank of the Seversky Donets and break through towards Sloviansk and Kramatorsk in order to cut off the supply of Ukrainian troops from the westernmost parts of the country. Researchers at the Institute for the Study of War doubt that it works. They note a “remarkable drop in energy” as they attempt to move forward. It is possible that the widespread encirclement of the Ukrainians will be abandoned in favor of a “flatter”, as the strategists call it.

The injured must be exchanged at the Azovstal plant

According to them, Ukrainian forces returned fire in some places north and northeast of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city, and pushed the Russians towards the border. According to Ukrainian sources, however, the Russian military has already concentrated troops in Belgorod, Russia, presumably for another major offensive.

The fact that the attackers around Kharkiv have been repelled does not mean salvation for the city, which was home to 1.5 million people before the war. On Friday evening, Moscow Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov announced that 500 rockets were fired at military objects in the Kharkov region, and a fighter jet was also shot down. In other parts of the country, 150 targets were attacked at night. Konashenkov named a refinery in the central Ukrainian region of Poltava, and near Kremenchuk in the same region there were production facilities and fuel tanks. Several people were killed and injured in the attacks.

On Thursday, a village south of Dnipropetrovsk was reportedly attacked with banned cluster munitions, killing at least one person and injuring several. Cluster munitions are banned because they disperse out of control, leaving behind misfires whose victims are mostly civilians.

The fierce battle for the Azovstal plant in Mariupol also continued. The defenders continued to resist, the Ukrainian side said. She wanted to exchange 38 seriously wounded soldiers for Russians on Friday and get 500 medical and wounded workers out of the besieged area, according to Tetiana Lomakina, in charge of coordinating humanitarian corridors in the Ukrainian presidential office.

The Human Rights Commissioner of the Ukrainian Parliament, Lyudmila Denisova, cited a shocking but unverifiable number of repeatedly reported kidnappings of Ukrainians: since the start of the war, almost two million children from Luhansk and from Donetsk were deported to Russia.

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