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Ukraine – war with Russia. Weekly summary – the most important events

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Russian forces have stepped up attacks on Ukrainian energy infrastructure. As a result, the Trypilska heat and power plant, the largest energy plant in central Ukraine, was completely destroyed. According to military analysts in Kiev, the intensification of attacks indicates an approaching Russian offensive, and the directions of expansion have been “selected”.

“This is a black day in the history of Centrenerho,” said the Ukrainian energy company in a statement after a massive missile attack by Russian forces. From Wednesday to Thursday, Russia attacked Ukraine's critical infrastructure with over 40 missiles and approximately 40 drones.

After the attack, when the air alert was canceled, the media in Kiev reported, citing their own sources, that the Trypilska heat and power plant in the Kiev region was damaged. In a slightly later statement, the Centrenerho concern specified that the heat and power plant had been “completely ruined”.

Destroyed thermal power plant near KievChristopher Miller/X

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“The scale of the destruction is enormous. It cannot be estimated in money. This is the biggest challenge for us in the entire history of the company,” said Andrij Hota, head of Centrenerho, in a post on Facebook.

Hota reported that the hits caused an extensive fire in the turbine hall. He did not specify what hit the power plant: drones or missiles. According to reports, the plant's employees were not harmed.

Burning thermal power plant near Kiev Ihor Mosijczuk/Telegram

The Trypilsk Heat and Power Plant is the largest power plant in central Ukraine, supplying electricity to residents of three oblasts: Kiev (1.8 million inhabitants, this number does not include Kiev), Zhytomyr (1.2 million inhabitants) and Cherkasy (1.1 million inhabitants). ).

Despite Centrenerho's alarming announcements, Ukrainian energy experts predict that there will be no “disaster” due to the destruction of the Trypilska heat and power plant, because it was not working at full capacity. Only one unit of this plant was operational because Centrenerho was unable to supply more coal to this facility.

Attacks indicating an impending offensive

According to military analysts in Kiev, the intensification of attacks on energy infrastructure indicates an approaching Russian offensive. According to previous and current forecasts of the authorities in Kiev, this may happen at the end of May or at the beginning of June.

– It is obvious that the directions of this expansion have already been selected. We are talking about the full occupation of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. Some changes have taken place on the front and the enemy now also dreams of completely occupying the entire territory of the Kherson and Zaporizhzhya Oblasts. The intensification of the actions of Russian forces in the Kupany direction is also not accidental and indicates an attack, Vladislav Selezniov, former spokesman for the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, told the Ukrainian portal NV.

Soldiers of the Ukrainian Air Force in positions in the Zaporizhia Oblast

Soldiers of the Ukrainian Air Force in positions in the Zaporizhia Oblast Reuters

According to reports from the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the heaviest fighting is currently concentrated in the Lyman, Avdiyiv and Bakhmuk sectors of Donbas, where Ukrainian forces are repelling several dozen Russian attacks.

The Supreme Commander of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Oleksandr Syrski, said on Saturday that the situation in eastern Ukraine has “significantly deteriorated” in recent days.

“The enemy is actively attacking our positions in the Lymansk and Bakhmuki directions using assault groups supported by armored vehicles. In the area of ​​​​the city of Pokrovsk, he is trying to break through our defense using dozens of tanks and infantry fighting vehicles. This is favored by warm and dry weather, which has caused “Most open areas of the terrain are accessible to tanks,” Syrski wrote on social media.

Changing tactics at sea

The Russian army changes its tactics at sea. The occupiers began using submarines to launch missiles into Ukraine, said Dmytro Pletenchuk, spokesman for the Ukrainian Navy.

The military specified that in the last six months, the Russians used submarines to launch missiles at least twice.

According to Płeteńchuk, Russian forces are “looking for ways to use their potential in the face of the dangers that await them in the Black Sea.” The spokesman estimates that the Russians currently have three submarines that can fire missiles towards Ukraine.

According to the Ukrainian Navy, Russia has recently almost not sent its ships to serve in the Black Sea due to attacks by Ukrainian forces.

The mobilization bill was passed. After months of delay

The Ukrainian Parliament, after months of delay and tabling numerous amendments, adopted the act on mobilization. The regulations define new rules for recruiting conscripts. Their age was lowered from 27 to 25.

At the end of last year, Ukrainian commanders signaled that the army needed an additional 450-500 thousand soldiers.

At the beginning of April, Zelensky, when asked about the number of those mobilized, admitted that he “cannot say anything about the exact number of people who will be mobilized”, at the same time admitting that the number of half a million is “overstated”.

The commanders of the Ukrainian troops fighting the Russian army in the east and south of the country admitted that their main problem is the lack of soldiers, because the number of Russian troops is seven or even ten times higher.

The Ukrainian parliament supported the mobilization law

The Ukrainian parliament supported the mobilization law Reuters

Russian losses according to Kiev

According to the latest estimates of the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, over 453,000 Russian soldiers have been killed since the beginning of the armed invasion in Ukraine.

The Russian army also lost over seven thousand tanks, over 13 thousand armored vehicles and 11.5 thousand. artillery systems.

Russian losses are systematically published by Ukrainians, but Kiev does not disclose its own losses. In February this year, President Volodymyr Zelensky said that 31,000 Ukrainian soldiers died during the invasion, and no other numbers have been released since then.

Main photo source: RUSSIAN DEFENSE MINISTRY PRESS SERVICE/PAP/EPA

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