Ukraine puts up strong defence even as Russia steps up attack in eastern regions
Nearly two months since Russian President Vladimir Putin declared war on Ukraine, Moscow has stepped up its attack in Ukraine’s eastern industrial heartland of coal mines and factories.
This comes after Russia declared a few weeks ago that its main goal was the capture of Donbas in the eastern region and retreated from areas around Kyiv.
Still, Ukraine has repelled several advances by the Russians, as per the latest British intelligence report.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Zelenskyy has called on the West to supply more arms and aid his country in its fight against Russia.
Here are the latest developments in the Russia-Ukraine war.
RUSSIA STEPS UP ATTACK
Russia assaulted cities along a boomerang-shaped front hundreds of miles long and poured more troops into eastern Ukraine on Tuesday.
The eastern cities of Kharkiv and Kramatorsk came under deadly attack, and Russia also said it struck areas around Zaporizhzhia and Dnipro west of the Donbas with missiles.
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said air-launched missiles destroyed 13 Ukrainian troop and weapons locations, while the air force struck 60 other Ukrainian military facilities, including missile warhead storage depots.
Russian artillery hit nearly 1,300 Ukrainian military facilities and over 1,200 troop concentrations over the past 24 hours, Konashenkov said.
RUSSIA ADDS TROOPS
A senior US defense official said that Russia added two more combat units in Ukraine on Tuesday. That brought the total number of units in the country to 78, up from 65 last week, the official said.
UKRAINE REPELS ATTACKS
As per the latest British intelligence report, Russia’s attack in Donbas has been hampered by environmental, logistical and technical challenges.
The report says, “Russian shelling and strikes on the Donbas line of control continue to increase, with the Ukrainians repelling numerous attempted advances by Russian forces. Russia’s ability to progress continues to be impacted by the environmental, logistical and technical challenges that have beset them so far, combined with the resilience of the highly-motivated Ukrainian armed forces.”
RUSSIAN TARGETS DESTROYED: UKRAINE
Ukraine’s Air Force said that nine Russian aerial targets were destroyed on Tuesday.
The air force said that one airplane, one helicopter, one missile, and five UAVs were shot down on April 19.
Amid the heightened attack, Ukrainian President Zelenskyy appealed to ‘partners’ to supply more arms.
He said, “If we had access to all the weapons we need, which our partners have, we would have already ended this war. It is unfair that Ukraine is still forced to ask for what its partners have been storing for years.”
The US said on Wednesday that Ukraine has received fighter planes and spare parts to bolster its air force.
Ukraine President also said on social media, “In this war, the Russian army will forever inscribe itself in world history as perhaps the most barbaric and inhuman army in the world This is vileness, which will mark the Russian state as a source of absolute evil for generations.”
US AID PACKAGE
Meanwhile, the US is preparing another $800 million military aid package for Ukraine, as per sources.
Additionally, US President Joe Biden has blamed Russia for global inflation. He said, “Russia’s war will continue to take its toll on global economy.”
(With inputs from agencies