On the 442nd day of war in Ukraine, Russia said it had driven out Ukraine’s forces, numbering more than 1,000 soldiers and up to 40 tanks, by launching an “offensive operation” along the entire line of contact near Soledar, the mining town defeated for the last time. Went. by Jan Kyiv.
The Ukrainian Defense Ministry has assured that Kiev troops have advanced two kilometers in the area in front of the city of Bakhmut (East), the epicenter of the fighting in eastern Ukraine. “The enemy has suffered significant losses of men,” he said. Bakhmut, the springboard for Russia and necessary in its counteroffensive for Kiev.
Russia has had to deal with rumors on Russian social networks and the Wagner paramilitary group about Ukrainian troops progressing on various points on the front and maintaining that the situation in eastern and southern Ukraine is “under control”.
Zelensky’s forces focused on disrupting the supply, coordination, and movement of Russian troops in the face of their expected counterattack.
The commander of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet has said security at the Crimean port of Sevastopol is being tightened amid a flurry of drone attacks from Ukraine.
On the diplomatic front, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is expected to meet Italian President Sergio Mattarella and possibly Pope Francis at the Vatican.
Today, the President of the United States of America, Joe Biden, meets with the President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sanchez, at the White House
Starting Monday, a special representative of China began a tour of Ukraine, Poland, France, Germany and Russia, coinciding with a scheduled G-7 summit in the Japanese city of Niigata on aid to Ukraine and the approval of a new sanctions package. Is. Which can affect Beijing.
Next Tuesday, the Council of Europe will hold a summit in Reykjavik devoted primarily to the war in Ukraine, attended by dozens of Russian citizens, despite Russia’s expulsion from the body more than a year ago.