The blitzkrieg planned by Kremlin boss Vladimir Putin (69) has failed. Three months have now passed. The Ukrainian army is still holding the position and pushing back the Russians. But now Putin’s troops are on the march. Russia’s army has primarily focused on attacks in the east of the neighboring country. Especially after the fall of the port city of Mariupol a few days ago, Ukraine now fears increased Russian offensives there.
British intelligence estimates that Russia has made some local advances in its offensive in eastern Ukraine. In general, Moscow has significantly increased the intensity of its activities in the Donbass and is trying to surround several cities there, according to an update from the British Ministry of Defense on Tuesday morning.
For months now, the British government has been publishing secret service information on the course of the war of aggression in an unusually open manner. Moscow accuses London of a targeted disinformation campaign.
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«To eliminate all living things»
The Russians want to capture key positions in the east and are using heavy bombing to do so, according to the Ukrainian government.
The situation in Donbass is even “extremely difficult” because the Russians are trying to “eliminate everything alive,” said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (44) on Tuesday night. Russia is trying to encircle the cities of Severodonetsk and Lysychansk. Apparently, according to initial information, Putin’s troops are only 25 kilometers away.
The Ministry of Defense reported fierce fighting around Bakhmut. The fall of Bakhmut in the Donetsk region would give Russian forces control of a crucial hub that currently serves as the command center for much of Ukraine’s war effort in the east. “We have reached a point where we are in the process of making evacuations mandatory,” said the head of Bakhmut’s military administration, Serhiy Kalian.
Russians are said to be shooting at fleeing civilians
The governor of Luhansk, Serhiy Gajday, on the other hand, reported that the shelling in Severodonetsk was so heavy that evacuations were impossible. “Such a density of shelling will not allow us to calmly gather people and take them,” he explained on Telegram.
In the south, on the other hand, the front seemed stable, although the Ukrainians are claiming gains. The Ukrainian Southern Command reported on Tuesday night that its divisions were “advancing through the Mykolaiv region towards the Cherson region”. The Ukrainians also accused the Russian “occupiers” of killing fleeing civilians with mines, bombs and gunfire. (SDA/AFP/jmh)