D.He expects Russia to tighten its grip on southern Ukraine in its war of aggression with the collapse of US intelligence services. At an event in Washington on Wednesday (local time), intelligence co-ordinator Avril Haynes said it was most likely part of a “tough war”. Russia can feel that time is playing in its hands amidst the costs and war fatigue shared by Western nations, he said.
The United States expected a Russian invasion of Ukraine in February, but was wrong in predicting that the Russian military would soon capture the capital, Kiev. Hines said Russian President Vladimir Putin has “essentially the same political goals as before, that he wants to seize most of Ukraine” and is pushing it away from NATO.
“In that sense, it is possible Putin’s military presence in this area is at odds with his ambitions, and there is a mismatch between his ambitions and what the military can achieve,” Haynes said.
Putin told a news conference in Turkmenistan on Wednesday that his goals in Ukraine had not changed since the war began. These are “the liberation of the Donbass, the protection of these people and the creation of conditions that guarantee the security of Russia.” He did not mention his first stated goals of “militarization” and “reduction” of Ukraine. Troops are on the move and are reaching pre-determined targets, he said. “Everything is going as planned.”
Fierce fighting continues for the strategically important city in eastern Ukraine, according to Kyiv. Lyciansansk On. Ukrainian civil servants said in its status report on Thursday morning that the enemy was trying to lay siege to the city with the support of artillery.
Attacks are taking place around the city’s oil refinery. “The fight continues.” Representative of the Luhansk Separatists MoscowRodion Miroschnik wrote in a telegram that the area around the plant was under his own control.
The military in Kiev has also accused Russia of shelling civilian infrastructure. This information cannot be verified independently. According to separatists, troops loyal to the government are withdrawing in a northwesterly direction.
In the Luhansk region, Ukrainian troops now control only Lysyansk. However, Russian soldiers have already advanced into the suburbs of the city. Civil servants said fighting was going on in apartments west of the city. In addition, Russian troops attempted to control an important road further west between Lychisansk and Baghmud.
According to the Ukrainian military, there were attacks in the Northeast பச்முட். Further south, Ukrainian troops were able to stop the Russian offensive. The invaders suffered “significant losses”. No further details were reported. Fighting also broke out in the Donetsk region in the east. Around the northeastern city of Kharkiv, “the enemy is defending previously occupied positions.”
According to their own reports, the Ukrainian military and the Russian side, meanwhile, exchanged nearly 300 prisoners. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky said 144 people had returned to Ukraine.
Senior 65 years old and junior 19. Among the liberated Ukrainian soldiers are 95 fighters.
According to Ukrainian sources, this is the largest transfer of prisoners since the beginning of the war. On the other hand, separatist leader Denis Bouchlin spoke about the 144 Russian and pro-Russian fighters released from Ukrainian prisons.
The situation in Donbass is very difficult
According to President Zhelensky, the situation of Ukrainian troops in the fiercely competitive areas of the east of the country is very difficult. “We are doing everything we can to equip our army with modern artillery systems and retaliate against the invaders,” Zelenskyj said in his daily video address on Thursday night.
The Russian military sits in the industrial zone Donbass Mass artillery attack to weaken Ukrainian positions. The number of Ukrainian artillery is high, although some modern guns come from the West. Fighting is currently underway in the city of Lysychansk, and Ukrainian troops have withdrawn from neighboring Zhivorodonetsk.
Earlier pressure on Russia was not enough, Gelenskiz said, pointing to the launch of ten Russian rockets on the Ukrainian city of Mykolayiv on Wednesday alone. “Everything is aimed at the goals of the people,” said the President of Ukraine.
Zhelensky wants to sever all ties with Syria, Russia’s close ally, after recognizing the two eastern Ukrainian separatist regions of Luhansk and Donetsk as independent states. He said Russia had “squeezed” this out of Syria.
Syria was the first country after Russia to recognize separatist territories as states. Next to Iran, Moscow is a close ally of the Damascus leadership in the Syrian civil war. Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online.
The Kremlin denies attacks on shopping malls
Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied responsibility for the killing of 18 people at a shopping center in the Ukrainian city of Kremensuk. “Our military does not attack civilian infrastructure. We can fully understand what is where, “he said.
Putin did not say how and why the well-frequented shopping center would otherwise have hit the rocket. Absolute denial of open attacks is in line with Russia’s routine handling of open war crimes.
The Kremlin has so far denied one of the first major attacks on civilians in the war – the airstrikes on the Mariupol Theater in March. After several months of research, the human rights organization Amnesty International has now submitted a report that clearly categorizes the Mariupol attack as a war crime, but has downgraded the number of victims to lower than previous estimates.
According to Amnesty International, the trial is based on the testimony of 52 survivors and witnesses, 28 of whom were in or near the theater during the March 16 attacks. “The attack on the theater in Mariupol was a war crime by Russian troops,” said Julia Duchro of Amnesty International Germany.
Most likely, two 500 kg bombs were dropped. Residents of the Ukrainian port city took refuge in the theater. According to the report, at least 12 people were killed and “many more” were seriously injured in the Amnesty International attack.
Large numbers of people fled the theater in the days before the attack – and most of those who stayed there took refuge in the basement of the theater or other parts of the building. Was struck by the force of the whole explosion.
A few weeks after the start of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine, the strategically important coastal city of Mariupol was besieged and under military control since mid-May. It is feared that thousands of civilians will be killed in the city by several Russian airstrikes during the siege.
Meanwhile, Britain is massively expanding its military aid to Ukraine. On Wednesday evening the British government announced an increase of one billion pounds (approximately 1.2 billion euros) in aid.
In total, the government has said that Britain has pledged 2. 2.3 billion in military aid to Ukraine. Accordingly, air defense systems, drones and electronic warfare equipment are to be provided.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has described Russia’s attacks on Ukraine as “increasingly barbaric” in the wake of the military defeat expected by Russian President Vladimir Putin. “British weapons, equipment and training alter Ukraine’s defenses against this attack.”
“Britain will continue to stand behind Ukraine to ensure that Putin does not fail in Ukraine,” Johnson said. The announcement came at the same time as the NATO summit in Madrid, marked by Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine.
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