Fighting between Russian and Ukrainian forces in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region continues over the city of Bakhmut. In addition, there were Russian advances towards the city of Soledar, eight kilometers to the north, the Ukrainian General Staff reported.
However, Russian attacks on several locations south of Bakhmut are said to have been largely repulsed. This information could not be independently verified. The Ukrainian General Staff also announced on Tuesday that Russian forces have attacked northern Kherson region. For weeks, Kiev hopes to launch a counter-offensive in this region to retake the south of the country.
Moscow: Things are going according to plan for the military
Despite the lack of great success in recent weeks, everything is going according to plan for the Russian army in eastern Ukraine. “After taking control of the territory of the Luhansk People’s Republic, the Donetsk People’s Republic will be liberated according to plan,” Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday.
In early July, Russia announced that it had conquered the eastern Ukrainian region of Luhansk. Since then, however, only relatively small territorial gains have been made in neighboring Donetsk. According to Shoigu, six Ukrainian cities were recently captured.
Western weapons in sight
Ukraine wants to recapture lost areas using Western weapons, among other things. The Russian army in turn wants to destroy them. According to Schoigu, six launch sites for HIMARS missiles supplied from the US and 33 M777 howitzers have been destroyed in recent weeks.
US President Joe Biden signed a new military aid package to Ukraine on Monday. This includes, for example, 75,000 grenades with a caliber of 155 mm and additional ammunition for HIMARS.
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