The Russians advanced towards Bachmut. We are losing the artillery war, Ukrainian intelligence admitted – ČT24 – Czech Television

“The enemy is launching an offensive in the direction of Vozdvyženka – Roty, it has a partial success, it is consolidating in occupied positions,” the Ukrainian General Staff wrote on Facebook on Friday morning. These villages are located near Bachmut to the southeast, the BBC noted.

According to her, no significant changes have been reported in other parts of the front, at least they are not mentioned in the seduct of the Ukrainian armed forces. The General Staff also said that in the last day, Ukrainian troops repulsed seven enemy attacks in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

According to Reuters, Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman Oleksandr Motuzjanyk said in a television interview on Friday that the Russians were looking for weaknesses in the Ukrainian defense at the North Donetsk river in the east of the country. According to him, the Russian command has still not given up its efforts to carry out a lightning strike in this area.

“Russia’s strategic goal is the complete destruction of Ukraine, our statehood, and the establishment of a government it can (Moscow) control. They will not let us live in peace, “said Motuzjanyk.

We’re thwarting the occupiers’ plans, Zelensky says

“The situation at the front is without significant changes. Severodonetsk, Lysychansk and other cities in the Donbas, which the occupiers now consider key targets, are holding on, “said Zelenskyj, according to The Guardian. “We have a certain positive in the Zaporozhye region, where we are succeeding in thwarting the occupiers’ plans. We are gradually moving forward in the Kharkiv region, liberating our country. We are holding the defense in the direction of Mykolaiv, “the president said.

The BBC noted on its Russian-language website that Zelensky had not specified what successes he had in mind. According to the Ukrainian General Staff, the BBC warned that the situation there had not changed.

According to her, the Russian invasion army occupied a large part of the Zaporozhye region, which is located in the south of the country on the Sea of ​​Azov, including the cities of Melitopol and Berdyansk. However, the Zaporozhye regional center itself remains under Ukrainian control.

Adviser to the head of Ukraine’s presidential office, Oleksiy Arestovych, has previously said that Russia is concentrating its military forces in the area and plans to launch an offensive on the city. However, according to reports from the front, the attack has not yet begun, the BBC said.

Near Severodonetsk in the Luhansk region, local officials admitted that the city was largely controlled by Russian forces. Zelensky has previously said that the fighting for Severodonetsk is very fierce and is perhaps one of the most difficult battles since the beginning of the war, which can decide the fate of the entire Donbas.

The Russians control most of Severodonetsk, bombing the rest intensively. The defenders are therefore trying to push them into street fighting, where the advantage of artillery disappears. “The line of fighting can shift significantly within a day. If we get three, four, five houses, the line of defense will move in a completely different direction, “said the representative of the Luhansk region Serhiy Hajdaj. Kyiv claims that it now loses 100 to 200 troops a day on the battlefields, double that of last week.

The Russians have the upper hand, admits Ukrainian intelligence

Ukrainian military intelligence spokesman Vadym Skibicky told The Guardian that Russia was now on the front line and that Ukraine had almost depleted its artillery ammunition because its artillery fired five to six thousand rounds each day. “Now it’s an artillery war (…) and we’re losing artillery,” he said.

There are ten to fifteen Russian cannons for every Ukrainian cannon, and the Western partners have so far given Kiev a tenth of what they have at their disposal. “It all depends on what the West gives us,” Skibickyj warned. He added that Ukraine primarily needs long-range rocket launchers to silence Russian artillery.

The Ukrainian armed forces have destroyed a base of Russian mercenaries from the Vagner group in the occupied city of Kadiyivka in eastern Ukraine, the head of the Luhansk region, Serhiy Hajdaj, announced on Friday.

“Ukrainian forces intervened precisely, only one Russian fascist survived,” Hajdaj said social networks. He added that the base of Russian mercenaries was at the local stadium in the city, which the pro-Russian separatists occupied in 2014.

A cholera epidemic is imminent, the British warn

In a regular report based on intelligence, the British Ministry of Defense warned on Friday that medical forces in the southern Ukrainian city of Mariupol are on the verge of collapse and there is a risk of a cholera epidemic, while there is a critical shortage of drugs in Kherson.

According to the British Ministry of Defense, Russia is struggling to provide basic public services in the occupied territories. Last month, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned of the risk of an outbreak of cholera in Mariupol, which is now controlled by Russian forces after weeks of siege and heavy bombing.

The journalist Petra Procházková told ČT24 that the battle for Severodonetsk is important, but at the same time it is necessary to ask the question of what would actually happen if the Russians conquered the city.

“It probably wouldn’t break the line that the Russians would start moving faster. There are other cities where Ukrainians have fortified themselves, such as Lysychansk. But it would certainly be a major psychological turning point if it had to be announced that Severodonetsk had been conquered by the Russians, “said an experienced war reporter, who said that the city was not so important from a strategic point of view.