Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine has been ongoing for 606 days. Six people were killed in a Russian missile attack on Kharkov, where the missiles hit, among other things, a mail distribution center. According to the US Institute for the Study of War, Ukrainian soldiers probably repelled an intense Russian attack towards Adviivka. The Ukrainian government also summarized the damage to Ukraine’s environment caused by the invasion. Here are the most important events of recent hours in Ukraine.
> During the Russian missile attack on Kharkov on Saturday evening, the missiles hit, among others, a postal distribution center, killing six people and injuring 14, the governor of the region, Oleh Synehubov, announced on Telegram.
Many of the injured are in serious condition. They were taken to hospital.
The president of Ukraine published a recording from the scene of the tragic attack on the X platform (formerly Twitter). Volodymyr Zelensky. “The pressure on the terrorist state must be increased. Every day we must respond to Russian terror with our results on the front line. And that’s exactly what we are doing,” commented the Ukrainian leader.
As the regional governor pointed out, the Russians attacked a facility that was used exclusively for civilian purposes. “It was another act of terror against the civilian population,” emphasized Synehubov. The city authorities urged residents to go to shelters.
> Ukrainian forces have probably repelled another intensified Russian offensive towards Avdiivka (Donetsk Oblast in the east). Ukraine), carried out in recent days, and caused further heavy losses of people and equipment on the Russian side in this area – reported the American Center for the Study of War (ISW) in the latest analysis.
On Friday Russian troops resumed their attack near Avdiivka. – It will be a long game – said on Saturday Ivan Tymochko, head of the council of land forces reservists of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
The ISW analysis published on the night from Saturday to Sunday, Polish time, shows that the Russians have made only marginal progress in the offensive.
As reported by the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on Saturday, over a hundred clashes with Russian troops took place on the front in the past 24 hours. In the Avdiiv direction, the Russian army does not abandon attempts to encircle the city, but Ukrainian forces maintain defense and inflict heavy losses on the enemy, they assured.
Tymoczko, quoted by the RBK-Ukraina website, expressed his belief that Russian troops would continue the attack in this direction. As he emphasized, engineering fortifications have been built in Avdiivka since 2014, when Russian aggression began, and the occupiers hope that they will be able to use these facilities for their purposes.
> We currently estimate the damage to Ukraine’s environment caused by Russian aggression at EUR 55.6 billion, said Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal on Saturday, quoted by the government website.
Half of the estimated damage is related to environmental pollution due to forest fires, shelling and fuel burning, the head of government said.
He added that the Ukrainian authorities estimated the damage caused by it at EUR 3.8 billion destruction of the dam in Novaya Kachovka by the Russians. According to information provided by the Prime Minister, due to Russian aggression, 174,000 people died. square kilometers of Ukrainian territory are potentially mined.
> Hundreds of young Nepalese are taking part in Russia’s war with Ukraine – writes the New York Times. According to the article, some Nepalis join the Russian army tempted by the earnings, others side with Ukraine. This makes it possible for Nepalis to kill each other in a distant war.
The New York Times describes, among other things, the story of young Sandip, who in search of a better life – as the journalists write: out of desperation – enlisted in the Russian army. He died at the front.
Currently, Nepal remains neutral and has not joined Western sanctions against Russia, but unlike India condemned the Russian invasion. Nepali officials are trying to discourage young people from participating in the war, but the government – according to Bajgain – does not have the courage to demand that Moscow not recruit them.
> I am convinced that “the situation will change fundamentally” when F-16 fighters arrive from the West to strengthen Ukrainian air defense, said Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council (NSDC), in an interview published on Saturday with the Kyodo news agency.
Danilov also said that thanks to F-16 fighters it would be easier to liberate the territories occupied by Russians, but admitted that it was difficult to predict the time needed to expel the enemy. He also emphasized that any ceasefire negotiations with Russia are out of the question until Moscow returns the occupied lands, including Crimea.
> About one third of the humanitarian aid allegedly sent to the territory of Ukraine to about 200 military units there “disappeared,” The Kyiv Independent reported, citing the State Customs Service of Ukraine. The announcement specified that in 2023, the agency checked over nine thousand cases of movement of humanitarian aid goods allegedly intended for the Ukrainian military. Customs officials reported that in more than three thousand cases, military units did not confirm receipt of shipments.
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