If Russia captures Severodonetsk and its younger twin Lysechhansk on the west bank of the Seversky Donets River, it will keep all of Luhansk, one of two Donbass provinces claimed by Moscow on behalf of the separatists.
Zelensky accuses Moscow of deporting 200,000 children
Russia “Forcibly deports adults and children. It is one of the most heinous Russian war crimes. In total, more than 200,000 Ukrainian children have been deported so far. They are orphans from orphanages. Children are with parents.” And children divorced from their families,” President Zelensky said last night during His daily video speech. According to him, these residents reside in “remote regions” of Russia. The goal of this criminal policy is not only to rob people, but to ensure that the deportees forget about Ukraine and cannot return. »
A new company is leaving Russia
Kamstrup, the Danish manufacturer of smart metering solutions for utilities such as electricity and water, has halted operations in the Russian and Belarusian markets, Danish newspaper Berlingske reported.
Après le début de l’opération militaire russe en Ukraine, l’entreprise avait suspendu dès mars tout commerce avec la Russie et la Biélorussie, et réduit à peau de chagrin ses bureaux, son personnel and ses programs de l’faitération, a company.
Railway hit last night
According to the head of the Lviv Regional Military Administration, Maxim Kozytsky, “Last night, between 10:45 pm and 10:55 pm, the railway infrastructure in the Stryi and Sambir districts was bombarded with missiles. It collided with railway crossings and levels. The railway company worked Ukrzaliznytsia all night with explosives technicians to overcome the disastrous consequences of these strikes.According to Kozytsky, the Russians launched four cruise missiles from the Black Sea.
At the moment, Kyiv cannot rebuild much
Given the budget allocated entirely to military spending, Ukraine can rebuild basic infrastructure only in the Kharkiv, Sumy, Kiev and Chernihiv regions, according to Ukraine’s Finance Minister Sergei Markchiko. “We should discuss reconstruction on a large scale, especially with our partners,” he told Ukrainian reporters.
As for London, Moscow will have to take a “tactical break” before moving further into the Donbass
While Russia controls most of the Ukrainian industrial city of Severodonetsk, Ukraine currently maintains control of the river line between Severodonetsk and the neighboring city of Lyschansk, and in the town of Lyman, according to British intelligence.
In both places, existing bridges were destroyed by Ukrainian forces to prevent the advance of Russian forces.
“It is likely that Russia will need at least a short tactical pause to prepare to oppose the river crossings and subsequent attacks in the Donetsk Oblast, where the Ukrainian armed forces have prepared defensive positions,” the British MoD says.
Ukraine’s war budget is four times its resources
“There is nothing more to underestimate.” This was announced by Ukrainian Finance Minister Sergei Marchiko in an interview with the Ukrainian press. Ukraine’s monthly spending currently exceeds 200 billion hryvnia (6.31 billion euros). This is nearly four times the country’s current tax revenue. “The military budget represents three quarters of Ukraine’s total budget,” the minister said, stressing that spending on internally displaced persons, food and health programs would remain. But he acknowledged that savings had already been made in many areas and “there is nothing else to deduct”.
President of the African Union in Russia
Senegalese President Macky Sall, the current chair of the African Union, will travel to Russia on Thursday for talks tomorrow with Vladimir Putin in Sochi. This visit is “part of the efforts of the current presidency of the Union to contribute to calming the war in Ukraine, and liberating stocks of grain and fertilizers, the blockage of which particularly affects African countries,” his services said in a statement.
The first lady of Ukraine does not give up anything
Ukraine’s first lady Olena Zelenska said in an interview with ABC News, which aired preview clips, that giving land to Russia is “like giving freedom.” “Even if we relinquish our lands, the aggressor will not stop at this point and will continue the pressure and will continue (…) to launch more and more attacks on our lands,” she said. Donbass will become Ukrainian again.
Moscow will “thwart” Washington and its alliances
Russian Foreign Ministry Goodwill Ambassador Grigory Mashkov, who serves on the United Nations Committee on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Weapons, told reporters that the regional alliances that the United States is currently building are aimed at “achieving its global goals” because “they have lost their voice.” “It is the Middle East, the creation of air defense systems, the Asian path, the formation of alliances against China,” he said, “It is basically preparation for future conflict situations, stressing that Russia” will thwart this in every way. “.
As for the Europeans, he said: “They did everything to destroy their regional security.”
Victory for Ukraine
Ukraine’s soccer team gave a breath of hope to its country at war by defeating Scotland (3-1) on Wednesday in the semi-finals of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
London to send M270s to Kyiv
British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace confirmed on CNN that Britain will send several M270 aircraft to Kyiv, after “close coordination” with the states’ decision to supply Ukraine with the HIMARS system. The M270 is a battery of nine launchers that can fire twelve missiles each in one minute, reliably neutralizing vast areas of terrain as air strikes. “As Russian tactics change, so should our support for Ukraine. The highly effective multiple rocket launchers will better protect our Ukrainian friends from Russia’s brutal use of long-range artillery that Putin’s forces are using to indiscriminately destroy cities,” Wallace said.
Severodonetsk, 80% in the hands of Russia
In the administrative capital of the Lugansk region “80% occupied” by Russian forces, the governor of the Lugansk region, Sergey Goday, said Wednesday night to Thursday that street fighting is raging. “The enemy has an operational advantage in terms of artillery,” the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Valery Zaluzny, explained during a telephone conversation on Wednesday with the Chief of Staff of the French Armed Forces, General Thierry Burcard. According to Kyiv.
Moscow sees a “direct provocation” in a US arms shipment
The United States asserts that Ukraine has pledged not to use the weapons (read below) it will receive against targets in Russia. But the Russian Foreign Ministry said the supply of advanced missile launchers crossed “all limits and decency” and constituted a “direct provocation”.
The United States to send advanced weapons to Ukraine
Four HIMARS (light armor-mounted multiple rocket launchers), an additional 1,000 Javelin anti-tank missiles, and four Mi-17 helicopters, will be dispatched to Kyiv soon by the Pentagon. In addition, five anti-artillery radars, two air surveillance radars, 6,000 other anti-armor weapons, 15,000 artillery shells, and 15 tactical vehicles will be added.
According to Undersecretary of Defense Colin Cale, Ukrainian forces need about three weeks of training to be able to use Hemar’s highly mobile guided missile launchers, which could give the Ukrainians an advantage in terms of distance and accuracy in the Battle of the Donbass. It carries six missiles simultaneously with a range of more than 70 kilometers, twice the range of American howitzers already used on the battlefield. Cal added that the HIMARs systems, which Kyiv has been ordering for weeks, have been pre-positioned in Europe for training and then delivery.
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