As Ukraine celebrates the tenth anniversary of the Maidan revolution on Tuesday, “several good news has come in recent days”, says our correspondent in kyiv. First there was the advance of Ukrainian troops on the left bank of the Dnieper, occupied by the Russian army, then the surprise visit of the American Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, on Monday to Kiev, to assure the Ukrainians of enduring support from the United States.
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There will be no large gathering on Tuesday, November 21, in Ukraine to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the Maidan revolution, “but all Ukrainians will think of this very special day,” says the France 24 correspondent in Kiev.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Tuesday that November 21, 2013, was “the first victory of today’s war.” A way of making the link between this event which saw a pro-Russian regime driven from power and the war currently underway, at a time when “several good news has fallen for Kiev in recent days”, according to Emmanuelle Chaze.
Ukraine has indeed announced an advance of its troops on the left bank of the Dnieper, occupied by the Russian army, a success after months of unsuccessful counter-offensive. “It’s important, because if the Ukrainian army can cross the river, the Russian troops will be put in difficulty,” explains our correspondent.
If this advance is confirmed, it would be the biggest push by the Ukrainian army against the Russians since the recapture of the village of Robotyné in the Zaporizhia region in August, while the counter-offensive was launched in June.
Volodymyr Zelensky also received a surprise visit on Monday from the American Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, who came to reassure kyiv of Washington’s continued support in the face of the Russian invasion. “A visit which comes at a time when Ukraine is wondering whether international aid will continue,” underlines Emmanuelle Chaze.
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