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Ukraine retreats from 3 villages in the east as Russia pushes forward

Outnumbered Ukrainian troops have been forced to withdraw from three villages on the eastern front lines, the country’s commander-in-chief said on Sunday, as Russian forces struggle to break through its besieged defenses while kyiv awaits the arrival of newly pledged US military aid.

It was a rare admission by Ukraine’s new commander-in-chief, Oleksandr Syrskyi, that his troops were not only in trouble, but that the Russians were gaining the upper hand.

In a lengthy message posted on his Telegram channel on Sunday, Syrskyi said the situation on the front line had “worsened.”

“Trying to take the strategic initiative and break through the front line, the enemy concentrated its main efforts in several directions, creating a significant advantage in terms of forces and means,” Syrskyi said. “It actively attacks across the entire front line, in certain areas, and achieves tactical successes.”

He said his forces had “moved to new borders” west of three villages in the partially occupied Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine, including Berdychi, Semenivka and Novomykhailivka. The Russian Defense Ministry claimed to have taken Novomykhailivka twice last week, on April 22 and again on Saturday. She also claimed to have taken Semenivka on Monday morning.

Syrskyi said the move further west was an attempt to “preserve the lives and health of our defenders.”

The Russians have committed up to four brigades to the area, the commander said, and are trying to develop an offensive west of Avdiivka, a key town from which Ukrainian forces had to withdraw in February after months of grueling fighting, and close to Maryinka.

“In general, the enemy achieved certain tactical successes in these areas, but could not achieve operational advantage,” Syrskyi said, adding that kyiv was working with its partners to obtain weapons and military equipment “on as quickly as possible.

The rush to obtain long-awaited weapons is increasingly becoming an urgent necessity for Ukraine to retain its territory as Kremlin forces appear to have intensified their assaults.

This comes just over a week after Congress passed a $61 billion aid package for Ukraine, following months of resistance from hardline Republicans.

Political wrangling has left Ukraine with severe ammunition shortages, leaving its defensive lines dangerously exposed across the 600-mile front line. The consequences of months of ammunition shortages, compounded by dwindling personnel reserves, are now becoming apparent as Moscow appears determined to seize as much new territory as possible before American aid begins to flow.

The Russian Defense Ministry said on Sunday it had captured Novobakhmutivka, another village in the Donetsk region, near Berdychi. This is the fourth village, with Novomykhailivka, that it has claimed in a week. Syrskyi did not address Novobakhmutivka’s fate in his Sunday update.

Since the start of the war, Russian President Vladimir Putin had made the capture of the entire Donetsk region, and therefore total control of the industrial region of Donbass, one of his main military objectives.

Syrsky also briefly mentioned the increase in the number of Russian troops and their regrouping in the northeast direction of Kharkiv. Some military observers have said Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, could become the next target for Russian forces after intensifying shelling of its civilian infrastructure in recent weeks, although Syrskyi indicated he would not There was no sign that Russia was imminently preparing an offensive in Ukraine. north.

Separately, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy reiterated the need for Ukraine’s partners to provide air defense systems after another massive missile attack on Saturday, primarily targeting the country’s power grid, saying “there was no need to “waste no time” to protect the Ukrainian skies.

On Sunday, he said he stressed the need for Patriot air defense systems to Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries.

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