Violent fighting is raging in eastern Ukraine for control of the Donbass region.
The Russian army confirmed, Saturday, the conquest of the key locality of, a crossroads that opens the road to the major cities of Sloviansk and Kramatorsk.
The Russian army confirmed, Saturday, the conquest of the key locality of, a crossroads that opens the road to the major cities of Sloviansk and Kramatorsk
In Sievierodonetsk “the shelling continues, the army is simply destroying the city,” said the governor of Luhansk Oblast, Serhi Haidai. According to him, the Russian army entered the outskirts of the city where it suffered “heavy losses”. According to local authorities, 12,000 to 13,000 inhabitants remained in the city, they were 100,000 before the war.
Yesterday a cinema used as a shelter for civilians in Lysychansk was shelled by the Russians. The number of casualties is unknown.
Volodymyr Zelensky with Ukrainian troops in the Kharkiv region
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited on Sunday Ukrainian troops in the Kharkiv region of northeastern Ukraine. He congratulated the military and distributed gifts, announced the Ukrainian presidential office.”You risk your lives for all of us and for our country,” he told the soldiers, according to the presidential website.
“2,229 houses destroyed in Kharkiv and the region. We will restore, rebuild and bring back life. In Kharkiv and all other cities and villages where the evil came,” he said on Telegram.
On Saturday, in a message on the messaging service Telegram, Serhiy Gaidai said, “We have enough strength and resources to defend ourselves. However, it is possible that in order not to be surrounded, we will have to retreat.” He added that “the Russians will not be able to capture the Lugansk region in the next few days as analysts have predicted.” Russia has captured the town of Lyman and surrounded most of Severodonetsk in its mission to take full control of the Donbass
Russia deploys 60-year-old tanks
Russia is running out of tanks in Ukraine and is having to use 60-year-old tanks to replace those lost on the battlefield.
Images on social networks have shown aging T62 tanks on cars heading to the front line in Ukraine.
One reason Moscow relies on such old vehicles is the success of Ukrainian tank teams equipped with Western weapons.
“The West is acting against the international geopolitical security”
This is Moscow’s strategy, no matter how unconvincing the fake is. The goal is to entertain the attention. It doesn’t have to be clever, the mere fact that it is talked about makes it work, it is attention manipulation.
Russia is aggressing against Ukraine, and turning the aggressor-aggressed situation around, to change the perception of a certain audience, Russia becomes the victim and thus justifies everything it does.
A few days ago, Russia asked Ukraine to clear the port of Odessa in the Black Sea so that ships carrying food can pass safely. Russia is thus ignoring the fact that it is itself blocking the export of grain from Ukrainian ports.
On Saturday, Vladimir Putin spoke by phone with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. According to Vladimir Putin, the difficulties with food deliveries creating a crisis, were caused by “wrong economic and financial policy of Western countries, as well as anti-Russian sanctions” imposed by these countries.
“Russia is ready to help find options for unimpeded export of grain, including Ukrainian grain from ports on the Black Sea,” said Vladimir Putin during the conversation, according to the Kremlin statement that followed the telephone conversation.
The British Ministry of Defense explained on Sunday “The Russian power has shown that it is ready to jeopardize international food security to serve its own political interest, then to present itself as the only party acting reasonably and blame the West for any failure”.
The French president and the German chancellor also asked the Russian president to enter into “serious direct negotiations” with the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky. They also demanded the release of the 2,500 Ukrainian fighters who were entrenched in the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol and who surrendered to Russian forces.
The Russian President assured that Russia remained “open to a resumption of dialogue” with Kiev. Dialogue interrupted since March after the discovery of war crimes in Boutcha.