Fierce Fighting Erupts As Ukraine Reports Russian Troop Advancement On The Frontlines
Fierce fighting erupts as Ukrainereports Russian troop advancementon Sunday in several areas in the east of the country. However, Ukrainian forces made some progress in the south. Deputy Defence Minister Ganna Maliar confirmed that Russian troops were advancing near Avdiivka, Mariinka, Lyman, and Svatove.
Fierce fighting is going on everywhere. The situation is quite complicated.- Deputy Defence Minister Ganna Maliar
While Ukrainian troops have achieved partial success in the southern flank of Bakhmut and near Berdyansk and Melitopol, they are facing intense enemy resistance, remote mining, and the deployment of reserves. Their progress remains gradual.
Ukrainelaunched a counteroffensive last month, aiming for a major breakthrough against Russian forces. However, they have called upon Western allies to increase their military support, as their efforts have not yet yielded significant results. Maliar emphasized the persistence and continuous efforts of Ukrainian troops to create conditions for a swift advance.
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The recent developments occurred following Russia's first overnight drone attack on the capital city of Kyiv in 12 days. Ukraine reported that all the drones were successfully downed, averting any major damage or casualties. This attack serves as a reminder of the ongoing threat Ukraine faces from Russian forces.
In another development, Russia's envoy to the United Nations in Geneva, Gennadiy Gatilov, stated that there are currently no grounds to maintain the "status quo" of a deal that allows safe passage for Ukrainian grain to be exported via the Black Sea.
Gatilov claimed that Western capitals are impeding progress by blocking the reconnection of the Russian Agricultural Bank to the SWIFT banking system. He expressed his doubts about maintaining the existing deal, which was renewed in May but only extended until July 17.
United States President Joe Biden is scheduled to visit Europe this week, including a NATO summit in Lithuania. The primary focus of his trip is to strengthen the international coalition supporting Ukraine's counteroffensive.
However, Ukraine's military commander-in-chief, Valery Zaluzhny, expressed frustration with the slow delivery of promised weaponry from the West. Zaluzhny criticized the delays and lack of progress in the push against Russian occupying forces.
A lot of people die every day, a lot. Just because no decision has been made yet.- Valery Zaluzhny, Ukraine's Military Commander-in-chief
The conflict in Ukraine continues to have devastating consequences for its citizens. Freedom of expression group PEN announced the death of Victoria Amelina, a Ukrainian writer and war crimes investigator who was wounded in a Russian missile strike on a restaurant in Kramatorsk. The attack, which occurred last week, resulted in the deaths of 12 people, including children, and left dozens wounded.
Ukrainian officials also reported successfully neutralizing a new drone attack on Kyiv. Sergiy Popko, head of the Kyiv city military administration, confirmed that all enemy targets in the airspace around Kyiv were detected and destroyed.
Additionally, Ukraine's air force stated that it had shot down three cruise missiles and eight Iranian-made attack drones deployed by Russian forces overnight. The air force did not provide specific details regarding the attacks on Kyiv.
As the conflict intensifies and casualties mount, Ukraine continues to seek support from its allies and reinforce its defenses in the face of advancing Russian troops. The situation remains volatile, with both sides engaged in fierce fighting and the prospect of further escalations.