Russian troops tried to launch an offensive in Ukraine in several directions on Wednesday, the Ukrainian General Staff said in an afternoon report.
Photo: SERGEY BOBOK / AFP
According to the announcement
during the day, Russian forces fired rocket launchers into the eastern part of Kharkiv, Derhaczi and Prugyanka, among others. They launched an offensive operation near Izjum, but were unsuccessful, suffering losses and retreating. Earlier, a spokesman for the Ministry of Defense reported that Russian troops were trying to occupy two settlements about 20 kilometers from Izjum, and artillery and air strikes on the county seat, Kharkiv. No casualties were reported.
In the Donetsk Basin, fighting again spread over the entire length of the front line between Ukrainian and breakaway territories, with Russian forces firing Ukrainian positions with minesweepers and cannons.
Attempts to break through the Ukrainian line of defense near Kurahove, about 50 kilometers west of Donetsk, were unsuccessful.
Donetsk County Governor Pavlo Kirilenko in the Telegram messaging application claimed that
the Russians used phosphorus-containing projectiles in Avigyijivka.
An airstrike was also inflicted on the city in the morning, with at least one civilian injured.
According to the governor
phosphorus bombs were fired twice at the city, first around the local coking plant on Tuesday night and then on Wednesday in the city center. The disasters caused fires in several places in the settlement.
According to information from the Kiev General Staff
in the occupied parts of Zaporizhia Oblast, eastern Ukraine, Russian soldiers search locals ’homes to identify members of the Ukrainian armed forces and enlist locals. It is forbidden to go on the street in the occupied area without an identity document.
Russian forces are preparing for a so-called referendum, printing of ballot papers and verification of the personal data of locals in the occupied territories of southern Ukraine.
Russian troops continue to prevent civilians from leaving the occupied territories.
The Ukrainian state railway company said that another Russian rocket attack had destroyed the road and railway bridge over the Dniester estuary in the Odessa region of southern Ukraine, preventing suburban trains from running to Bilhorod-Dnistrovsky.
In a video message on Wednesday, Serhiy Volinsky, commander of the 36th Marine Brigade of Ukraine defending Mariupol on the shores of the Azov Sea, demanded that the city’s defenders be rescued, modeled on the 1940 operation in Dunkirk. In 1940, Nazi Germans completely surrounded the French and British soldiers near Dunkirk. Allied troops were threatened with disaster, but German command ordered them to stop the offensive and not approach Dunkirk closer than 10 kilometers. More than 300,000 French and British soldiers were evacuated during the rescue operation, the Ukrainian Pravda news portal recalled.
We have been fighting under a complete blockade for sixty-two days, and now we are located in the steel plant of Azov with the units of the Azov regiment and other formations. Our team has more than 600 injuries of varying severity, they are in great need of medical help, no medication, no staff to help them. In addition, civilians are being injured, and we are assisting them to the best of our ability. There are hundreds of civilians, dozens of children, many disabled and elderly people with us. The situation is difficult, there are also problems with water. My main message is to save the Mariupol garrison. We are subject to the withdrawal procedure. It’s not 1940, it’s 2022. People just die here. The wounded die and others die in battles. Civilians die here with us in shelters, private homes and high-rise buildings where they are simply shot dead
the commander said in a message posted on Facebook. He added that Mariupol’s defenders are hoping for help.
Meanwhile, Mayor of Kharkiv, Ihor Terehov, promised at the Telegram that he would propose at the first council meeting after Ukraine’s victory to change all public domain names referring to Russia.
Source: Propeller – Saját anyagok by propeller.hu.
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