The Russian invasion of Ukraine has been going on for 479 days. The most important battles with Russian troops are no longer taking place near Bakhmut in the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine, but in the south, near the roads leading to the occupied cities of Mariupol and Berdyansk on the Sea of Azov, Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malar told the British daily “Guardian”. . Here are the highlights of the last hours.
> Ukrainian intelligence reported that Russian forces are starting withdraw specialized units from service assault companies of company size and transfer their personnel to volunteer formations. As explained in the latest analysis by the Institute for War Studies, the Russian forces decided to take this step, among others, due to personnel problems. ISW also points out that the Ukrainian counterattack is complicated by Russian electronic warfare systems.
> The most important battles with Russian troops are no longer taking place near Bakhmut in the Donetsk region in the east Ukrainebut in the south, near the roads leading to the occupied cities of Mariupol and Berdyansk on the Sea of Azov, Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malar told the British daily The Guardian.
> Mayor of Kiev Vitaly Klitschko announced on Friday that in the Padół district there was an explosion. Earlier, an anti-aircraft alert was announced in most regions of Ukraine. Ukraine’s air force reported a Russian attack with Kalibr missiles launched from the Black Sea.
> We all agree that Ukraine is gradually approaching FOR THIS and it has been so for several years. We confirm: NATO’s doors are open, Ukraine will become a member of NATO, said the secretary general of the Alliance in Brussels on Friday Jens Stoltenberg. He also announced further steps to support Ukraine militarily.
> The Ukrainian ambassador to Israel condemned Vladimir Putin, who was abusive about the Jewish roots of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, claiming that some Jews consider him a disgrace to the Jewish people. “I think it’s a clear KGB-style provocation and poor propaganda,” Yevhen Kornichuk was quoted as saying by the Jerusalem Post.
> Cyril Ramaphosa and other African leaders who came to Ukraine as part of a “peace mission”, visited Bucza near Kiev. On the day of their visit, the Russians carried out another missile attack on Kiev and the Kiev region.
> The shelling of Kiev on the day when the heads of African states who are about to go to have arrived there Russiaproves that Putin has either lost control of his army or is insane, assessed the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky after Friday’s talks with a delegation from seven African countries.
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