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Ukrainian army chief says eastern front under intense Russian assault

Ukrainian army chief says eastern front under intense Russian assault

Colonel General Oleksandr Syrskyi’s statement, more than two years after the start of the Russian invasion, reflected the gloomy mood in kyiv

The head of the army Ukrainian He said on Saturday that the situation on the eastern front had worsened in recent days, as Russia has stepped up its armored assaults and battles are fought for control of a town west of the devastated city of Bakhmut.

Colonel General Oleksandr Syrskyi’s statement, more than two years after the start of the Russian invasion, reflected the gloomy mood in kyiv as vital US military aid remains stalled in Congress in Washington.

Syrskyi said he traveled to the area to stabilize the front while Russian assault groups using tanks and armored personnel carriers took advantage of dry, warm weather that has facilitated maneuvers.

“The situation on the Eastern Front in recent days has become considerably more tense. This is mainly related to the significant activation of the enemy’s offensive action following the presidential elections in Russia,” he wrote on the Telegram application.

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Defending.  The Ukrainian Air Force said the country's air defenses intercepted 24 of 29 drones launched in the early hours by Russia.

Defending. The Ukrainian Air Force said the country’s air defenses intercepted 24 of 29 drones launched in the early hours by Russia.

Since President Vladimir Putin won a new mandate in an election in mid-March, Russia has stepped up its attacks on Ukraine and unleashed three massive airstrikes on its energy system, hitting power plants and substations.

The slowdown in military aid from the West has left Ukraine more exposed to airstrikes and heavily outnumbered on the battlefield. In recent weeks, kyiv has made increasingly desperate appeals for air defense missiles.

(Reporting by Tom Balmforth; Spanish editing by Javier López de Lérida)

Source: Ambito

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