LIVE TEXT The war in Ukraine, year 2, day 78. The Ukrainian army tries to break the front line / The Russians deny the existence of breaches in the buffer zones / Localities razed to the ground by fierce fighting / Prigozhin upset the leadership / Shoigu, called to Bahmut

UPDATE 10:00 Chief Wagner invites the Minister of Defense, Şoigu, in the heat of the fighting, to Bahmut

The head of the Wagner Group, Evgheni Prigojin, invited the Russian Minister of Defense, Serghei Şoigu, to Bahmut. This can be read in a letter sent to Şoigu and published by Prigojin on Telegram. “Taking into account the difficult operational situation, as well as many years of experience in combat operations, I ask you to come to the territory of the Bahmut settlement, which is under the control of the paramilitary units of the Russian Federation, and assess the situation yourself,” writes Prigojin .

UPDATE 09:40 Strong explosion in Melitopol, Zaporozhye region

In Melitopol, a city in southeastern Ukraine in the Zaporozhye region, a strong explosion was felt, as reported by the mayor of the city, Ivan Fedorov, without giving further details.

According to Ria-Melitopol, the explosion was well heard by the residents of the city center. According to the version of the Russian forces in the city, the explosion was a bomb placed by the Ukrainian army in a trash can.

UPDATE 09:30 The Abrams tanks sent from Washington have arrived in Germany

The American Abrams tanks, necessary for the training of the Ukrainian forces, have arrived in Germany and are heading to the Grafenwoehr military base, where training will begin in the coming weeks, writes The Kyiv Independent citing the Associated Press. The tanks have been modified to military specifications and are expected to arrive in Ukraine in early fall, a US official told AP on condition of anonymity. At the end of January, US President Joe Biden announced the shipment of Abrams tanks to Ukraine. The aim was to pressure Germany to authorize the delivery of its Leopard tanks to Ukraine. Compared to Soviet tanks, which both Ukraine and Russia currently use on the battlefield, the mobility and firepower of Western equipment could help Ukraine launch more effective counteroffensive operations, writes The Kyiv Independent.

UPDATE 09:00 Russian Ministry of Defense: Our assault on Bahmut continues

The assault of the Russian troops on the city of Bahmut continues. This was announced by the Russian Ministry of Defense, arguing that the assault detachments “continue to liberate the western part of Bahmut with the support of aviation and artillery,” Ria Novosti reports.

UPDATE 08:30 USA sells 60 military transport helicopters to Germany

The United States has approved the sale of 60 military transport helicopters and other equipment to NATO member Germany for $8.5 billion. The operation aims to “improve the lifting capabilities” of the German armed forces, thus allowing Germany to “enhance internal security and prevent regional threats”, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said in a statement. The helicopters involved are CH-47F Chinooks, military maneuver and attack helicopters. The agreement “will support US foreign and national security policy by increasing the security of a NATO ally whose strength is important for Europe’s political and economic stability,” the statement said. The US State Department approved the possible sale, and DSCA notified Congress yesterday.

UPDATE 07:00 “Prigogin (Wagner) disturbs the leadership of the Kremlin”

According to the latest report on the current conflict in Ukraine published by the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), Kremlin sources – who preferred to remain anonymous – said that recent video messages from the leader and founder of the Wagner Group, Evgeny Prigozhin, are seriously disturbing the leadership from the top of Russia. Prigozhin attacked Moscow head-on and questioned its ability to protect Russia.

UPDATE 06:00 Moscow denies that Kiev is advancing towards Bakhmut

The Russian Defense Ministry denied reports that Ukrainian forces had broken through at various points along the front line and said the military situation was under control. Moscow reacted after Russian military bloggers writing on Telegram reported Ukrainian advances north and south of the eastern city of Bahmut, with some suggesting the start of a counteroffensive in Kiev.

UPDATE 04:00 Russia fines Google for discrediting the Russian army

A Russian court fined Google for “refusing to remove material it describes as promoting same-sex relationships and discrediting the country’s armed forces.”

UPDATE 03:14 Japan will offer 1 billion dollars in aid to Ukraine for refugees

The Finance Minister of Japan has announced that his country will offer a financial aid of one billion dollars to countries neighboring Ukraine that have received refugees.

UPDATE 01:00 The USA trains specialists from Ukraine to detect electronic fraud

The United States is offering its computer science expertise to train Ukrainian specialists to trace the trail of cryptocurrencies used by Russian oligarchs to support the war.

Thus, subsequent economic sanctions will be easier to apply to all allies of the Kremlin regime.

UPDATE 00:25 Ukrainian police database includes over 200,000 Russian soldiers

Kyiv Region Police Commander Andrii Niebytov said the national “War Criminals” database includes information on more than 200,000 Russian soldiers.

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