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Situation at a glance: Heavy fighting in the east – Ukraine under pressure

Situation at a glance: Heavy fighting in the east – Ukraine under pressure
Situation at a glance: Heavy fighting in the east – Ukraine under pressure

Kiev reports heavy fighting in eastern Ukraine. Moscow sees itself on the advance. Ukrainian President Zelensky is therefore focusing on the situation in the Black Sea.

According to the military leadership in Kiev, the heavy fighting in eastern Ukraine is continuing. “The situation was hottest today in the Pokrovsk area, but the enemy was also active in the direction of Lyman and Kurakhove,” the Ukrainian General Staff said in its evening situation report. All three cities mentioned are in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donetsk. There were 123 battles during the day.

41 of these attacks were reported from the Pokrovsk area alone. At Lyman and Kurachowe, there were 19 and 17 attacks respectively. While, according to the General Staff, 29 attacks at Pokrovsk have now been repelled, 12 battles are still ongoing. The defenders are doing everything they can to stabilize the situation and prevent the enemy from advancing deep into Ukrainian territory, it was said.

Ukraine has been defending itself against the Russian war of aggression for more than two years.

Russian troops advance in the Pokrovsk area

The Russian Defense Ministry had reported the capture of the village of Sokil earlier that day. Army Group Center managed to take the village and improve its tactical position through active action, the Defense Ministry in Moscow announced. The Ukrainian side did not initially comment on this. The warring parties’ reports often cannot be independently verified.

However, at the end of June, the portal “Deepstate”, which is close to the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, marked the small spot directly next to the much larger and long-contested town of Ocheretyne as under Russian control. Sokil, which had a few dozen inhabitants in a census 20 years ago, is located in the Pokrovsk district. Pokrovsk is considered one of the possible targets of the Russian advance in the area.

Sokil no longer appears in the General Staff’s situation report, but the town of Prohres, located to the west, does. According to the Ukrainian military, more than 180 Russian soldiers were killed in the Pokrovsk area. In addition, several Russian military vehicles were destroyed. These figures cannot be independently verified either.

The front section near Pokrovsk is considered to be relatively vulnerable. After Russian troops were able to capture the fortress of Avdiivka at the beginning of the year, they have been slowly advancing for months. Ukraine has not yet managed to finally stop the advance and stabilize the defense lines.

More attacks by combat drones

The Russian armed forces have once again attacked eastern Ukraine during the night with so-called kamikaze drones. The air defense in Kharkiv and Sumy reported that the Shahed drones had flown in in several waves. The Ukrainian military initially gave no information about the effects of the attacks.

Zelensky announces new strategy at sea

Ukraine wants to push back Russian influence in the western part of the Black Sea. His country will develop a new national maritime strategy to this end, announced Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in his daily video address. “We clearly understand that the war has changed the balance of power in our Black Sea region and the Russian fleet will never again dominate in these waters,” Zelensky said optimistically. Ukraine will pursue its own national interests at sea and those of its partners and protect transport routes, he said.

Russia had already taken possession of a large part of the Ukrainian fleet when it annexed Crimea in 2014. Further ships were lost to Kiev shortly after the start of the large-scale Russian invasion in 2022 with the capture of the port city of Berdyansk in the southern Ukrainian region of Zaporizhia. The flagship of the Ukrainian Navy, the Hetman Sahaidachnyj, sank in Mykolaiv.

Even though the Ukrainian Navy does not currently have any large warships, Kiev has succeeded in driving the Russian Black Sea Fleet out of the western part of the Black Sea. This has also enabled maritime trade via Odessa to be at least partially revived. The Ukrainian Navy is also set to be upgraded in the near future with supplies from Western partners.

Chinese soldiers landed in Belarus for military maneuvers

Meanwhile, according to official information, Chinese soldiers have arrived in Belarus (formerly Belarus) for a joint anti-terror exercise. The maneuver will be held from July 8 to 19, the Defense Ministry in Minsk announced on its Telegram channel.

Initially, there were no details about the planned exercises. The exact number of Chinese soldiers involved is also unknown. The photos published by the Ministry of Defense in Minsk show a Chinese transport aircraft that can transport a three-digit number of soldiers.

The already tense relations between Belarus and the West, especially with Ukraine, have recently deteriorated again. Ruler Alexander Lukashenko has repeatedly portrayed the West as a threat to his country. Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin’s closest ally has allowed him to station tactical nuclear weapons in his country.

Recently, Belarus has also increased its troops on the border with Ukraine, justifying this with alleged provocations from the neighboring country. Kiev, in turn, feels threatened by Minsk. Russian troops also entered the country from Belarusian territory during their attack on Ukraine more than two years ago.

Situation report of the General Staff (Ukr)

Source: Stern

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