Kyiv: After a few days paused, Russia advances its attack on Ukraine from the East part. The Russian military fired long-range missiles to demolish a stockpile in Ukraine’s western Lviv area, where NATO-supplied weaponry ammunition was kept on Wednesday.
At the same time, the governor of a major eastern city admitted that Russian troops were advancing in an intense battle.
In recent weeks, Russia’s attack has focused on the struggle for Sievierodonetsk in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region.
Separatists supported by Russia have accused Ukrainian troops of impeding a humanitarian evacuation from the city’s besieged Azot chemical facility.
They claim approximately 500 people and an unknown number of Ukrainian combatants reportedly hide from missile assaults. However, it was unable to corroborate such an assertion.
A humanitarian corridor from the Azot facility had been promised by Russian authorities a day earlier.
Still, they stated it would convey people to regions controlled by Russian troops rather than Ukrainian forces.
“Heavy battle in Sievierodonetsk continued today as well,” Serhiy Haidai, the Ukrainian governor of Luhansk, told The Associated Press. The Donbas is made up of the regions of Luhansk and Donetsk.
Because Russian troops have more people and weaponry, the situation in the city is deteriorating, according to Haida.
“However, our military is simultaneously keeping back the enemy from three sides,” he continued.
Russian soldiers employed high-precision Kalibr missiles to demolish a stockpile in the town of Zolochiv in the Lviv area, closing the NATO member Poland’s border, according to Russian Defense Ministry spokesperson Igor Konashenkov.
There were shells for M777 howitzers, which were delivered by the US, according to Konashenkov. He said that Russian airstrikes damaged four howitzers and Ukrainian “aviation equipment” at a military airport in the Mykolaiv region’s south.
The Zolochiv attack elicited no immediate response from Ukrainian authorities.
Recently, Russian troops have focused most of their strikes on eastern Ukraine. They are attempting to seize huge swathes of land.
However, they have also targeted more precise targets elsewhere, disrupting international arms supplies and destroying military equipment with high-precision missiles.
In addition, civilian infrastructure has also been targeted, despite Russian authorities’ claims to exclusively target military targets.
NATO nations have pledged to deliver Ukraine additional and longer-range weaponry.
President Joe Biden said on Wednesday that the United States would provide another $1 billion in military help, the most oversized single shipment of weapons and equipment since the conflict started. Anti-ship missile launchers, howitzers, and additional rounds for the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems are among the essential weaponry systems desired by Ukrainian commanders.
Germany is supplying Ukraine with three multiple launch rocket systems, which Kyiv has said it needs immediately to protect itself against a Russian invasion.
According to Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht, Germany will deliver three M270 medium-range artillery rocket systems and ammunition.
The transfer, which follows similar steps by the United Kingdom and the United States, will be followed by training and will have a “rapid and major combat effect,” according to Germany.
Ukrainian leaders have recently warned of the war’s high human cost, with Kyiv’s soldiers outgunned and outnumbered in the east.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy expressed gratitude to Biden for the latest assistance package.
“The United States security assistance is unparalleled,” he added, referring to a phone chat between the two leaders earlier in the day.
“It takes us closer to achieving a shared triumph against the invader Russian.”
According to Zelenskyy, he has accepted offers to speak at the NATO and Group of Seven summits later this month.
“Despite the Russian army’s significant advantage in several soldiers and equipment, the Ukrainian army has demonstrated that courage and wisdom on the battlefield, combined with the ability to outmaneuver the enemy tactically, can have a significant result.” “In his nightly video address, he said.
“We are, of course, doing everything possible to counteract this advantage. However, every day, I struggle to ensure that Ukraine has the weapons and equipment it needs.”
Meanwhile, Russia’s deputy security council chair, Dmitry Medvedev, has hinted that Russia is not just interested in capturing land but also in destroying Ukraine as a country.
He said on Telegram that Ukraine wants to obtain liquefied natural gas from its “overseas rulers,” with payment due in two years.
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