Day 104 of the war. The Russian Army has focused its attacks these days on eastern Ukraine, in the Donbas area, bordering Russia, after having gained control of part of southern Ukraine and having opened a corridor that allows it to move soldiers and material in that area. Stripe. According to various analysts, the battle for control of Severodonetsk is crucial for the Russians, since it would allow them to gain control of the entire east, where their troops are aided by pro-Russian militias. On the other hand, the Institute for the Study of American Warfare (ISW), believes that the fight for control of Severodonetsk is for Russia a propaganda operation. “One of the main purposes of Moscow is to create the impression that Russia has regained its strength and will now overwhelm Ukraine. That impression is false. The Russian army in Ukraine is increasingly a exhausted force that cannot achieve a decisive victory if the Ukrainians hold out, ”says this group of military analysis experts. EFE
Ukraine says it has managed to contain Russians in besieged Severodonetsk
The Ukrainian forces assured this Wednesday that they have managed to contain the Russian troops in some points of Severodonetsk, a strategic enclave in eastern Ukraine that could give Moscow access to control of the entire eastern zone of the neighboring country. “The Ukrainian Armed Forces are repelling the Russian forces organizing the assault on Severodonetsk. An attempt by Russian troops to advance on Toshkivka (very close to the previous one) was unsuccessful,” Serhii Haidai, head of the Lugansk Military Administration, the region to which this enclave belongs, assured in his Telegram account. The situation in this area of the country is confusing and cannot be verified by independent sources. The Ukrainian government has recognized these days that the fight in that city is carried out street by street and admitted the advance of the Russian troops and their superiority. Meanwhile, the Klemlin has reported that the Ukrainian troops have been severely decimated in Severodonetsk and are only holding out entrenched in the industrial areas of the city.
Moscow returns 210 bodies of Mariupol fighters to Ukraine
The Russian government has returned to Ukraine the bodies of 210 of the combatants killed in the coastal city of Mariupol, most of them belonging to the groups of soldiers who defended the facilities of the Azovstal steel mill, the last enclave of the city that fell into Russian hands. Many of those who died after the siege of the steel facilities belonged to the Azov regiment, an ultra-nationalist group that joined the Ukrainian army, reported the General Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, according to local agencies. “The process of returning the bodies of the dead defenders of Mariupol continues with the help of the efforts of the Coordination Headquarters for the Treatment of Prisoners of War,” the sources said.
Russia proposes four routes to export cereals from Ukraine
Russia has proposed this Tuesday four routes to export cereals from Ukraine, after the announcement on Monday of an agreement in principle with the mediation of Turkey. Russia has indicated that it would enable the ports of Berdyansk and Mariupol as the main route. Russian President Vladimir Putin has stated that he is willing to create “the necessary logistics” and guarantee the transport of grain from the ports of Berdyansk and Mariupol “without any preconditions”, as reported by the TASS news agency . Likewise, the Russian authorities have assured that the safety of navigation through the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov are among their possible guarantees and that the efforts to remove mines from the waters near these ports “are practically completed”.