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Russian control is loosening in Kharkov, Ukraine’s second-largest city, which has been shelling since late February, Ukrainian officials said late Tuesday, while Conflict may spread to the SouthwestEdward Washington.
“Our Armed Forces” they gave us the good news in Kharkov region. The occupants are gradually being expelled from Kharkov,” President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video.
“I thank all my fighters, who stand their ground and show superhuman strength drive out the invading army“, gross.
“City of Cherkasy Tychki, Russky Tychki, Rubijne and Berak were released“In the Kharkov region, this indicated the Ukrainian General Staff on Facebook. “Thus, the enemy was removed from Kharkov and the occupants had even fewer opportunities to attack that regional center,” he said.
But “the intensity of shelling in Kharkov district has increased,” he said. In addition, according to Oleg Snegubov, The head of the Kharkov regional administration, “by retreating, the Russian occupiers leave behind a deadly trap”, referring to the mines.
the northern and northeastern districts of Kharkov, which were about 1.5 million residents Before the war, they were bombed for weeks by Russian rockets, killing civilians.
In February, the Russians tried to capture the city. but it was in vain: The Ukrainian army resisted with heavy fighting and pushed them back several kilometers.
The US Institute for the Study of War (ISW) noted late last week that, in this eastern part of the country, the Ukrainian military “ remarkable progress And will probably reach the Russian border in the next few days or weeks.”
This confirms the trend that has emerged on the Eastern Front during this third month of the Russian offensive: on the one hand, Ukrainian units are counterattacking and advancing east of Kharkov, while on the other, the Russians are slowly gnawing the ground. are few minutes away. 150 km south-east of the Ukrainian advance, to the Donbes region Who is not under Russian control, Russian separatists.
What happens in Transnistria?
-The question of Transnistria “Second Phase” of “Special Military Operations” The total capture of the Donbes, declared by Moscow, is proposed, and the fighting is especially intense in the Lugansk region.
But attention is also focused on the southwest of the country. Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to spread the conflict to Transnistria, the region from Moldova that broke away in 1990, US intelligence chief Avril Haynes said on Tuesday.
On 22 April, a Russian general, Rustam Minnekaev, He argued that “control of southern Ukraine is also a corridor of Transnistria, where there are also cases of persecution of the Russian-speaking population.” The defense of the Rusphone is one of the justifications of the current war.
In addition to Crimea, annexed in 2014, Russian forces occupy a large part of southern Ukraine, notably Jersny’s regional capital, According to the Ukrainian command in the south, Russian troops are “mercilessly” hitting the Mykolaiv area, which represents the last obstacle before Odessa to the west.
“There was damage to private homes and agricultural facilities and power outage to a town was disrupted,” the command said on Tuesday night. Odessa, a major cultural center for Ukrainians and Russians, has been hit sporadically by Russian missiles since the start of the conflict. it Russian-speaking port city European Council President Charles Michel made a surprise visit on Monday.
near Odessa, “the psychological pressure On the neighboring population of Transnistria”, “with a possible blockade of the area due to the inefficiency of the Dniester bridge, which was again attacked by missiles”, assured the Ukrainian command in the south of the country.
In late April and early May, explosions rocked Transnistria, which has been home to Russian troops for nearly 30 years. Russia claimed to be “Concerned” by these “terrorist acts” And said he was following the situation closely.
For its part, the European Union (EU) announced on 4 May that it would “substantially increase” its military aid to Moldova. The smaller country, which is not a member of NATO, also received support from Paris and Berlin. Bomb blast at Azovstal Steel PlantIn Maripol, where dozens of Ukrainians, soldiers and civilians are stranded.
“Dozens of attacks”, “every hour”, he wrote on Telegram Petro Andryashchenko, the deputy mayor of this port city was taken over by the Russians and almost completely destroyed. The US intelligence chief also said Putin was relying on Western support to prepare for Ukraine’s drying up and “prolonged conflict”, for which he would “probably” impose martial law on Russia.
According to Haines, this could lead to a “more unpredictable and potentially escalating trajectory” in the coming months. In Kyiv, which has been nearly empty since the start of the Russian offensive, nearly two-thirds of its 3.5 million residents have returned, Mayor Vitaly Klitschko said on Tuesday. In the evening, Klitschko announced the death of the first independent President of Ukraine, Leonid Kravchuk. (1990–1994), aged 88.
The veteran leader returned to the political scene in 2020 when Zelensky asked him be one of the interlocutors Ukrainians in talks with Russia over the conflict in the Donbs.
On the other hand, the United States House of Representatives approved the package on Tuesday night.I $40 billion In Aid for Ukraine, promoted by President Joe Biden. The text includes an economic and humanitarian component, as well as weapons and ammunition. It still needs to be voted on by the Senate soon before President Biden can sign it into law.
With regard to sanctions against Russia, talk on On a draft of the European Union on Russian oil, currently blocked by Hungary.
It is possible that an agreement will be reached “in a week”, the French secretary for European affairs assured on Tuesday, Clement Bunin.
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