The Russian offensive in Ukraine continues at this stage by adopting the tactic of attrition. The progress on the ground was slowed, to allow the rest and reorganization of the forces, but in the meantime the raids on Donetsk and other areas of the country continued (even deliberately hitting the granaries, according to how). Defense forces remain on high alert, preparing to contain the new wave thanks to the arrival of new weapons from the United States, as the Pentagon announced an additional $400 million in military aid. Donetsk Governor Pavlo Kirilenko emphasized that “the entire front line is under constant bombardment,” noting that attacks from the air and artillery hit all the major population centers, Bakhmut, Sloviansk and Kramatorsk.
Ukraine, Donetsk under Russian siege: Druzhkivka bombing
In Druzhivka, south of the regional capital, a rocket dug a hole in front of a supermarket. Damage to a hospital, several apartment buildings and a stadium were reported. Russian bombs fell on the northeastern Kharkiv region (4 wounded according to the authorities), and on Mykolaiv in the south, they hit two railway stations and some houses: more than 20 were wounded in 24 hours. In Kryvyi Rig, the hometown of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in the Dnipro region, the raids left at least one dead and two wounded. According to Moscow, the Ukrainian army and equipment were significantly damaged.
On the other hand, Kyiv denounced that the enemy is “deliberately” destroying crops and granaries in Kherson. By throwing incendiary bullets and preventing residents from extinguishing the fires. On the other hand, no new assaults were reported by the invading forces. According to American analysts, the survivors of the long battles in Lugansk (which suffered heavy losses on both fronts) need to regain strength and receive supplies before launching another large-scale offensive. The research institute ISW calls it an “operational divide,” with attacks on “more local” targets involving fewer soldiers. The stop also serves to collect other armored vehicles for ground advances, but the British government believes that the arsenal left at the disposal of the army after the effort so far is “outdated and inadequate”.
The Pentagon has announced a new $400 million military aid package, which includes four highly effective HIMARS rocket launchers and approximately 1,000 rounds of 155mm artillery, which have greater accuracy. Tactical vehicles, radar systems, spare parts and other equipment are on the way. While about 10,000 Ukrainian soldiers have arrived in the UK for combat training. In the past three weeks alone, the United States has provided $2.2 billion in security assistance to Ukraine, $8 billion since the start of the Biden presidency.
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