Russia pushed its drive to grab all of the industrialised Donbas area on Thursday, leading to heavy fighting around the eastern Ukrainian town of Pisky. In the west, Kyiv accused Moscow of using a nuclear reactor to shelter its artillery.
Pisky, located roughly 10 kilometres (6 miles) northwest of provincial capital Donetsk, is reportedly under the hands of Russian and separatist forces, according to an official with the Russia-backed Donetsk People’s Republic.
“Pisky has a warm climate. Although we now control the city, there are still pockets of resistance to the north and west “Telegram message from official Danil Bezsonov.
However, Ukrainian authorities denied that the strategically important and strongly protected town had fallen. The accounts from the battlefield were unconfirmable by Shauntv.
When Moscow failed in its initial February offensive to grab the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, the Donbas area, which includes the provinces of Luhansk and Donetsk, became Moscow’s primary target. Nearly all of Luhansk is under Russian control at this point, but Donetsk is holding out.
A Ukrainian presidential advisor named Oleksiy Arestovych stated that Russian “movement into Pisky” had been “without result” in a video interview that was uploaded to YouTube.
In an interview with Ukrainian television, Serhiy Gaidai, governor of the Luhansk region, claimed that Russia had been sending in increasing numbers of mercenaries, some of them were from the Wagner private security firm.
“Towns in Ukraine used to be more quieter. We have been catapulted back into the Dark Ages. Now that winter is coming, many are leaving because they don’t want to freeze to death “His words.
On Wednesday, Ukraine accused Russia of firing rockets at least 13 people, wounded 10, from around a captured nuclear power plant in the country’s central region, knowing full well that it would be perilous for Ukraine to return fire.
Chief of Staff Andriy Yermak claimed on social media on Wednesday that the Russians “can’t do anything more so they hit communities ignobly hiding in the Zaporizhzhia atomic power facility.” This was said by President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
According to the Ukrainian government, there are currently roughly 500 Russian servicemen manning the plant, armed with tanks and other heavy equipment.
Moscow claims that Ukraine’s adversaries had previously used the village of Marhanets to shell Russian troops at the Zaporizhzhia facility, which they captured in March.
The Ukrainian military claimed that Russia bombed other parts of the Zaporizhzhia region as well. Neither Russia nor Shauntv were able to confirm the Ukrainian government’s account.
Russia and Ukraine have both been blamed for strikes in the area around Europe’s largest nuclear complex.
On Wednesday, when the UN atomic energy inspector raised concerns about the possibility of a nuclear disaster, the G7 major industrialised countries urged Russia to return the plant to Ukraine.
On Wednesday, China gave Russia a strong support of its justification for invading Ukraine on the 24th.
Zhang Hanhui, China’s ambassador to Russia, claimed that the United States was trying to trap Russia by supporting Ukraine’s integration into the European Union and continually expanding the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
The United States’ “ultimate purpose is to exhaust and defeat Russia with a protracted conflict and the cudgel of sanctions,” Zhang was quoted as saying.
According to Ukraine’s armed forces Some 28 cities in the northeast, southwest, and south of Ukraine were bombarded by Russian forces on Wednesday. This included the Kharkiv, Donetsk, and Kherson areas. According to the Ukrainian general staff, Russian troops retreated from most counterattacks because of the strong resistance they encountered.
Arestovych, an advisor to the Ukrainian president, claimed on Wednesday that Russian bombardment had killed scores of innocent civilians.
Moscow claims that its “special military operation” to protect itself against NATO enlargement does not intentionally attack people.
The Ukrainian government and the West have accused Russia of waging an aggressive imperialist war against Ukraine without provocation.
A trial of captured servicemen from Ukraine’s Azov Regiment is expected to take place before the end of the summer, most likely in the city of Mariupol, according to the leader of the Russian-backed separatist authority in the Donetsk area.
The Azov Regiment, a Ukrainian national guard regiment with far-right and ultranationalist roots, gained notoriety for its tenacious defence of Mariupol’s massive steelworks during a Russian siege.
As early as May, hundreds of Azov combatants gave themselves up to Russian-backed forces. Ukraine rejects the claim that the regiment is a terrorist group made by Russia’s highest court.
While the war has had a devastating effect on Ukraine’s economy, Wednesday brought some comfort when foreign creditors agreed to Kyiv’s request to delay payments on over $20 billion in international bonds for two years. A chaotic default should now be avoided.
Denys Shmyhal, prime minister of Ukraine, estimated a $6 billion savings as a result of the agreement.