The Russian invasion of Ukraine has been going on for 696 days. After the failure of Ukraine’s counteroffensive last year, its Western allies believe that the best strategy for the country this year is “active defense”, and this opinion is increasingly shared by the authorities in Kiev – writes the British daily Financial Times. These are the most important events in the last hours of the war in Ukraine.
> On the night from Friday to Saturday, an anti-aircraft alert was announced in five districts in the territory Ukraine – said the Ukrainian military. The Ukrainian Air Force announced that the alert is valid in the following regions: Kharkiv, Donetsk, Dnepropetrovsk, Kherson and Mykolaiv.
> The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has revealed another practice of embezzlement of budget funds intended for defense procurement for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The colonel was detained red-handed for accepting a bribe, the SBU reported on its website.
> In an oil warehouse in the city of Klintsy there was a fire – said Aleksandr Bogomaz, governor of the Bryansk region bordering Ukraine. As the official stated, the incident occurred after “the shooting down of a Ukrainian drone.”
> After the failure of Ukraine’s counteroffensive last year, its Western allies believe that the best strategy for the country this year is “active defense”, and this opinion is increasingly shared by the authorities in Kiev – writes the British daily Financial Times.
“FT” points out that as the second anniversary of the Russian invasion approaches, Ukraine’s military prospects seem to be weakening – it has abandoned hopes for a quick victory and is instead preparing for a protracted war. One Western official involved in Ukrainian policy believes that “there is little prospect of an operational breakthrough by either side in 2024,” let alone a few months.
> The fighting in Ukraine may last at least two more years, and in 2025 Kiev may make another attempt to conduct a counteroffensive, writes CNN, citing sources among representatives of Western intelligence and the army.
> The prosecutor in St. Petersburg demanded a 28-year prison sentence during the trial of Daria Trepova, accused of the murder of pro-Kremlin war blogger Vladlen Tatarsky. The blogger died when a statuette that Trepova gave him at an author’s meeting exploded.
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