Russian troops could make further territorial gains, but their pace is likely to be slow without a “significant operational pause” to reorganise, the UK Ministry of Defense said in its Daily War Assessment.
The Kremlin faces a dilemma between deploying reserves to the Donbass region or defending against Ukrainian counterattacks in the southern sector of Kherson, according to the assessment.
“Russia has struggled to maintain effective offensive combat power since the invasion began,” the assessment said. “This problem is probably becoming more and more acute.”
The Russian-occupied southern city of Kherson could soon open the “next chapter” of the war with a major Ukrainian counteroffensive operation, experts told the Kyiv Independent. Russia says Kherson is “full Russian territory” and plans a referendum to annex the region. But President Volodymyr Zelensky has urged the military to draw up a plan to challenge Russian occupation in the south, an area vital to the national economy.
Russia, meanwhile, has committed a large number of troops and equipment to claim the eastern region of Donbass.
“The Russians are not able to fully secure the entire span of the giant front line in Kherson,” Kirill Mikhailov of the Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT), an investigative project, told the Independent. “Russia is also unable to send rapid reinforcements to the region, as it would have to drastically reduce or even abandon its offensive in Donbass.”
►The Russian invasion killed at least 353 children and injured 676 others, the Ukrainian government reported.
► Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin had shared “good news” and promised details would be released soon.
►The mayor of Enerhodar said at least nine Russian soldiers were injured and an unknown number of people died after an incident at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, The New York Times reported on Tuesday. The incident has rekindled concerns about Ukraine’s biggest nuclear power plant after Russia’s unprecedented attack in March raised fears of a “Fukushima-like meltdown”.“
►Ukrainian high jumper Andriy Protsenko won the bronze medal at the World Championships in Athletics on Monday in Eugene, Ore.
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Russia ‘laying ground’ to annex Ukrainian territory, US says
The Biden administration said Tuesday that Russia is “laying the groundwork” to annex sovereign Ukrainian territory by installing proxies and forcing citizens to apply for Russian citizenship as fighting escalates in southern and eastern Ukraine. ‘Ukraine.
White House National Security Council Coordinator John Kirby, citing US intelligence, said Russia was turning to an “annexation playbook” that mirrors Russia’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in 2014.
“Annexation by force would be a flagrant violation of the Charter of the United Nations, and we will not allow it to go unchallenged or unpunished,” Kirby said, promising the administration would respond “severely and swiftly” with more sanctions. against Russia.
Kirby identified Kherson, Donetsk, Zaporizhzia and Luhansk Oblast as the threatened areas. He said Russia had installed illegitimate and proxy officials in the regions, and predicted that they would hold “fake referendums” on joining Russia. He said Russia would then use these false results to justify annexation.
“We know their next moves,” he said, adding that Russia was considering setting up Russian banks, establishing the ruble as the default currency and sabotaging citizens’ internet access in parts of the country. ‘Ukraine.
In Kherson, he said Russia had taken over broadcast towers, replaced telecommunications infrastructure, established loyalist security forces, forced citizens to apply for Russian citizenship and issued Russian passports.
“We just wanted to make the American people understand what we’re seeing and make Mr. Putin understand that no one is being fooled,” Kirby said.
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Ukrainian first lady Olena Zelenska meets Jill Biden
Jill Biden and President Joe Biden greeted Ukrainian First Lady Olena Zelenska with a large bouquet of flowers on Tuesday ahead of a private meeting and a bilateral meeting with US officials.
The first ladies will “discuss continued United States support for the Ukrainian government and its people” before meeting with Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff, United States Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Deputy Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development Isobel Coleman, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Toria Nuland and U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, CNN reported.
Zelenska is expected to address Congress on Wednesday as she presses her husband’s campaign for more military support from the West. Zelenska met with Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday. State Department spokesman Ned Price said Blinken underscored the United States’ commitment to supporting Ukraine and reiterated the United States’ determination to help the Ukrainian people recover and recover. rebuild after the devastation.
“The Secretary strongly condemned Russia’s brutal attacks, which continue to injure and kill innocent civilians and destroy homes, hospitals, schools and other civilian infrastructure,” Price said.
Russian missiles hit southern and eastern Ukraine
Military officials said “there remains a high level of threat” after Russian missiles hit several towns in eastern and southern Ukraine on Tuesday.
At least two civilians have been killed and 15 others injured by Russian shelling across the country in the past 24 hours, Ukraine’s presidential office said in a morning update.
Donetsk Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said one person was killed and 10 injured after Russian strikes blasted the town of Kramatorsk, and he urged the more than 150,000 residents to evacuate. Russian forces fired seven Kalibr cruise missiles overnight at the village of Bilenke, injuring six people, Odessa regional government chairman Serhiy Bratchuk told Ukrainian television.
US rocket systems help Ukraine stabilize conditions on the ground
After weeks of Russian gains, Ukrainian troops have managed to stabilize their position on battlefields across the war-torn country, the armed forces commander said.
General Valerii Zaluzhnyi said in a Telegram article that he told US General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, “an important factor contributing to our maintenance of defensive lines and positions” was the arrival of the American high mobility artillery rocket system. HIMARS are used for targeted strikes on Russian checkpoints, ammunition and fuel storage depots, Zaluzhnyi said.
“It’s difficult, tense, but completely under control,” Zaluzhnyi said of the war which has now been going on for almost 5 months.
Putin in Tehran for talks with Iran and Turkey
Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Tehran on Tuesday for talks with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. A UN-backed proposal to resume Ukrainian grain exports to ease the global food crisis is not the only item on the agenda. In recent weeks, Russian officials have made several visits to an airfield in central Iran to examine Tehran’s weapons-capable drones for possible use in Ukraine, according to the White House.
NATO member Turkey has clashed with Russia in Azerbaijan, Libya and Syria and sold deadly drones to Ukraine. But Turkey, struggling with galloping inflation, has failed to impose sanctions on the Kremlin, making it an indispensable partner for Moscow.
The United States says the war isolated Russia; Russia says it’s ‘pious wish’
US claims that Russia faces global isolation because of the war are “wishful thinking”, the Russian Embassy in the United States said in a statement. Russian leaders are in constant contact with the leaders of most countries, the statement said.
“Even in the West, they are increasingly talking about the lack of alternatives to dialogue with Russia in solving global problems,” the statement said.
The statement was released following a State Department briefing in which spokesman Ned Price said that “regardless of what we might hear from the Kremlin, the fact is that Russia has been economically, politically , diplomatically and financially isolated from the rest of the world”.
Zelenskyy suspends dozens of other officials pending treason investigation
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has broadened the overhaul of his security services by suspending 28 other officials. Earlier this week, Zelenskyy suspended his attorney general and security chief, saying their agencies harbored too many “collaborators and traitors”.
“Different levels, different directions,” Zelenskyy said of the latest suspensions. “But the motives are similar – unsatisfactory job performance.”
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