Ukrainian troops advance from Kharkiv to the Russian border
During its counter-offensive in the north of the country, Ukraine is said to have taken over new areas. In Russia, meanwhile, resentment over the failures of the Russian military is growing stronger. And the Mariupol steel plant is again attacked with phosphorus bombs. An overview.
youThe Carniolan troops report a symbolic success in their counter-offensive in the eastern region of Kharkiv: at least at one point they advanced to the border with Russia.
The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense released a video on Monday evening showing a dozen soldiers next to a border post in the national colors of blue and yellow. According to the information, they belong to a brigade of volunteers from the city of Kharkiv.
The Ukrainian army had already signaled in recent days that it was gradually pushing back Russian troops near Kharkiv.
Russia had already withdrawn its troops to northern Ukraine after being stopped outside the capital, kyiv. Russia is currently focusing on the eastern Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, where pro-Russian separatists have controlled some areas with help from Moscow since 2014.
Another military setback of the Russian army is also spreading. Less than a week ago, their attempt to cross the Donez using pontoon bridges failed. Almost an entire battalion would have been wiped out.
Now it is becoming increasingly clear how disastrous this maneuver was for the Russian side. According to an analysis by the Institute for the Study of War, an American non-profit organization specializing in the observation of armed conflicts, up to 485 Russian soldiers were killed in action. Additionally, up to 80 tanks and guns could have been destroyed.
This is increasingly leading to unrest among Russian bloggers, who had previously applauded and supported the operation. Yuri Podoljaka said he was silent for a long time in a video on Telegram, where he has 2.1 million followers. But now his patience is at an end, and it has to do with what happened on the Donets River, “where, because of the stupidity – I emphasize the stupidity of the Russian command – at least one tactical group of the battalion was burned, maybe two.”
Meanwhile, according to a video posted on Telegram, firebombs fall on the Azovstal steelworks in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol. Gleaming white projectiles can be seen in a video posted on Telegram on Sunday by Alexander Khodakovsky, a commander of the self-proclaimed pro-Russian Republic of Donetsk.
It has not yet been possible to independently verify what type of ammunition was used and when the video was taken. However, a British military expert said it looked like an attack using phosphorus or incendiary weapons. According to Ukraine, around 600 soldiers are still waiting at the plant, 40 of whom are seriously injured.
White phosphorus is used to create smoke plumes, mark targets, or set fire to bunkers and buildings. Phosphorus weapons are not officially banned by international conventions, but human rights groups are calling for their use to be banned due to the severe burns they cause.
Meanwhile, the municipal administration of the city of Lviv in western Ukraine has become the target of a cyberattack by suspected Russian hackers. Following Friday’s attack, some city services were no longer available, Deputy Mayor Andriy Moskalenko wrote on Facebook. A part had been restored on Sunday.
The attackers also stole internal information from the city administration, which was later posted on “hostile” news channels on the Telegram chat service, Moskalenko wrote. Russia also carries out attacks on the “computing front” and one must be careful offline as well as online.
Ukraine has long been in the crosshairs of hacker groups, which Western computer security experts attribute to the Russian secret service environment. With the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February, an escalation in cyberattacks was also expected, but so far there have been no headlines.