ONLINE Day 77 of the War: Ukraine continues to defend Azovstal, fighting at Snake Island


Brief overview of Wednesday’s events:

The Russian offensive continues, especially in the east of the country. In the Kharkiv region, Russian forces are trying to prevent the advance of Ukrainian troops who want to push Russian troops to the border. In the vicinity of Izjum, the Russians are shelling Ukrainian positions.

In the south of Ukraine, Russian forces are attacking in the direction of Mykolaiv and the metallurgical complex in Mariupol. “With the support of artillery and tanks, they are undertaking offensive operations,” writes the Ukrainian General Staff about the situation in Azovstal. At least 100 civilians still remain in the steelworks on Tuesday.

Russia has already lost approximately 26,350 troops, 1,187 tanks, 2,856 armored vehicles, 199 aircraft and 160 helicopters in the fighting in Ukraine, the General Staff estimated. This data cannot be verified from independent sources. The war continues today on the 77th day.

Ukraine has proposed to Russia to replace the severely wounded defenders of the Azovstal Mariupol steelworks with Russian prisoners of war. Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereščuková, quoted by Reuters, informed about it today. “No agreement has been reached yet. Negotiations are continuing,” Vereščuková added in a post published on the Internet.

At Snake Island, located south of Odessa off the Romanian coast, the Kiev Armed Forces managed to hit Russian air defenses and supply vessels with Bayraktar drones, according to British military intelligence. According to London, Russian vessels trying to strengthen the crew on the island have only minimal protection. The reason is the withdrawal of the Russian Navy after the loss of the cruiser Moscow, which sank last month. While Kyiv states that the ship was hit by Ukrainian missiles, according to Russia, ammunition exploded on board.

“If Russia consolidates its positions on Snake Island with strategic air defense and coastal defense systems, it can control the northwest of the Black Sea,” writes British military intelligence.

Russia has not yet given up its plan to take control of Kyiv and may try to create a new state unit on Ukrainian territory and annex it to Russia. According to server Ukrainian Truth said this, Oleksiy Hromov, deputy chief of operations of the General Staff of the Ukrainian army. In addition, the General Staff stated in its regular evening report that Ukrainian forces continued to counterattack in the Kharkiv region, where they liberated another village.

The United States and Europe must work with Ukraine and Russia to end their conflict and work out a peace agreement, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi said during a visit to Washington today. Russia’s invasion has shown that it is not invincible, the prime minister added the day after meeting with US President Joe Biden.

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