A trophy along two kilometers of territory the one claimed by the Ukrainian forces, who are once again talking about an “offensive” on Bakhmut, scene of the fiercest battle of the war in Ukraine (perhaps second only to that of Mariupol, with the terrible siege of the steelworks of Azovstal): after days of alarm for a possible fall of the city into the hands of the Russians.
Donetsk – Ukrainian soldiers on the front line at Bakhmut
Bakhmut’s “mobile” (and indecipherable) frontIt’s a front mobiledifficult for both sides, where the 3rd Brigade of the Kiev Armed Forces announced to advanced 2,600 meters during the assault on Russian positions, killing dozens of Moscow soldiers, including Wagner mercenaries, and taking five prisoners. Kiev is not willing to give in because “our mission is to save our country, our independence, our people. We will take everything back”, warned Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
“Russian Brigade Companies Defeated”Reporting on the Ukrainian success on the city front in Donetsk, the founder of the Azov battalion Andriy Biletsky explained that the Ukrainians “hyear defeated two companies of the 72nd brigade of the Russian Federation“.
The alarms raised by PrigozhinAn announcement that confirms what had already been reported the day before by the enemy himself, the founder of the Wagner Yevgeny Prigozhin, who in one of his many updates had denounced how the Russian brigade had abandoned its positions at Bakhmut, “leaving a flank uncovered”. The leader of the mercenaries thus returned to sound the alarm on the risk that his fighters “will be surrounded” in Bakhmut, even though the Ukrainians only occupy “about 5%” of the settlement, according to him.
Because despite the promises, stay the ammunition issue of discord with the Ministry of Defensewhich “were supplied in minimal quantities” despite announcements of new deliveries after the Wagners threatened to abandon the battlefield.
The clash within the tops of the Russian forcesThe clash within the Russian forces therefore continues, while Kiev receives the good day on the front and prepares the counteroffensive on which the Ukrainian government insists on curbing expectations: “Do not think of this counteroffensive as the last, because we do not know what will come of it If we succeed in liberating our territories then in the end you will say that it was the last, but otherwise we have to prepare for the next counteroffensive”explained Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba in an interview with Bild.
Rain of drone attacks on Russian territoryWhile waiting for a clear signal of the start of the liberation operations, the Russian reports of attacks on its territory: the governor of Voronezh he said two drones attempted to strike a military facility in the region, without success.
“Goliath is reeling”
And an “enemy drone” would also be shot down in the border region of Kursk: “Goliath is reeling. And this is because David has demonstrated immense resilience and tactical brilliance, with the support of 50 nations around the world”, reads the president of the Military Committee of the BornAdmiral Rob Bauer.
Soldin, the 12th reporter killed in UkraineBut while military analyzes are being carried out, bombs are falling on civilians in Ukraine, where people are also dying to tell stories: in the aftermath of the killing of AFP journalist Arman Soldin – the twelfth reporter killed in the conflict according to the UN – there is unanimous condolences of the Western world. The Kremlin has expressed “regret” for his death, adding that the circumstances of what happened need to be clarified. Paris will take care of doing it, opening an investigation into possible war crimes.
Putin “dissolves” arms treatyWith the clash raging on the ground, diplomatic tension remains skyrocketing and the blocs are radicalizing on all fronts. So Russian President Vladimir Putin started the parliamentary procedures to officially exit from the Treaty on Conventional Forces in Europe, from which Moscow had already suspended its participation in 2015. The tsar has then abolished the visa regime for citizens of Georgia intending to travel to Russiain a move stigmatized by the pro-Western government in Tbilisi as “another Russian provocation”.
Kalingrad, “battle” on the nameThe clash between Moscow and Warsaw continues to escalate: the Russian ambassador in Poland was summoned to the Foreign Ministry to receive a note of protest over the interception last week over the Black Sea of a Polish plane on a mission for Frontex by of a Russian military jet.
And in a new break with the Soviet world, Warsaw has chosen to rename the exclave of Kaliningrad with the old denomination of Krolewiec.
But it is only, according to the Kremlin, “yet another hostile act”.