Russia’s war against Ukraine enters its fourth month on Tuesday. Combat is no longer centered on the Eastern Front. Other parts of the country come under Russian fire. Is there a turning point in the war?
The Russian army continues “its missile and air strikes on the entire territory” and has “increased the intensity,” said the General Staff of the Ukrainian Army. According to Moscow’s Defense Ministry, almost 620 targets were attacked by air, missiles and artillery during the 24-hour weekend.
Moscow’s forces are also conducting airstrikes in Kharkiv to the north, and Mykolayiv and Zaporizhia to the south. This is while Russian troops are attempting to take control of the eastern cities of Sieverodonetsk and Lysichansk in the Luhansk Oblast.
Up to 100 Ukrainian soldiers are killed on the Eastern Front every day
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (44) told journalists on Sunday that 50 to 100 Ukrainians die every day in the battle for Donbass. Zelensky was referring to soldiers. The number of civilian casualties remains unclear.
Russian occupiers dream of the seaside resort of Mariupol
With the conquest of the city of Mariupol, which once had almost 500,000 inhabitants, Russian President Vladimir Putin (69) achieved his greatest military success to date in the Ukraine war.
The port city lies in ruins after weeks of shelling. Now the Russian occupiers want to turn the once vibrant industrial and economic center on the Azov Sea into a seaside resort.
According to Denis Pushilin, the leader of a pro-Russian Donetsk militia, the Russian authorities want to turn the Mariupol port zone into a tourist destination. The destroyed Azovstal factories and warehouses would be demolished altogether to make way for a recreational and commercial area.
Mayor warns of epidemic risk
The Russians are apparently unimpressed by the clean-up work and new dangers. Mariupol is threatened with an outbreak of epidemics, the mayor warned on Sunday.
“The sewage system doesn’t work,” the Kyiv Independent quoted the mayor as saying. “There are chaotic mass funerals all over the city. During the summer rains, all the toxins get into the rivers, the sea and the springs from which people get their water.” (kes)