The American Institute for War Studies (ISW) said in its latest report that Ukrainian guerrillas are attacking the occupation authorities in the areas occupied by Russia. As it has been written, Ukrainian sources confirm that a city manager in the Kharkiv region, who collaborated with Russia, was killed.
The Ukrainian Center of the National Resistance Movement reported that “unknown perpetrators” attacked collaborator Yevheniy Junakov. He died in the explosion of a bomb planted in his car. According to the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW), he was the governor of the city of Velykyi Burluk, appointed by the Russians. The Russian media also reported about his death.
The attack on Junakov was carried out on Sunday, just four days after the Russians announced the establishment of an occupation administration in the occupied localities of the Kharkiv Oblast, emphasized the ISW.
The National Resistance Center also recalled that cooperating with Russia an official Serhiy Tomek, who “considered himself the deputy chief of police in Nowa Kachovka” in the Kherson Oblast, was shot in a car by “unknown persons” “We emphasize once again: collaborationism kills” – added.
The ISW noted that Russian sources also informed about an attempted attack by “unknown perpetrators” on the head of the administration of the Kherson Oblast in the south, appointed by Russia Ukraine Vladimir Saldo, as well as the attempt to kill the collaborator head of the Melitopol region in the Zaporizhia region, Andriy Sihitu.
ISW: The Russian army is still facing desertions and a shortage of soldiers
The Kremlin is still striving to annex the occupied territories of Ukraine to Russia, not only in Donbas. Putin has simplified the procedure of granting Russian citizenship to all Ukrainian citizens, which may indicate an intention to annex the occupied territories, including the Kharkiv region, assessed the TI.
Meanwhile, the Russian army is still facing desertions and a shortage of soldiers. The Russians launched limited and unsuccessful attacks northwest of Slavyansk and east of Donetsk on Monday. They also continued artillery fire and air strikes in the vicinity of Siewiersk and Bachmut – it was written in the report.
Belarus it continues to make its airspace available to Russia, and according to bloggers from the independent project, Belarusian Hajun, for the first time since April, a Russian early warning aircraft (AWACS) flew there. According to the ISW, the leader of Belarus Alyaksandr Lukashenka supports the Russian invasion under pressure from Putin, but direct participation of Belarusian troops in the war is still unlikely.
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