Air alert in Kyiv, fierce fighting in the east and Biden questions Zelenskyj’s statements | news
Russian forces launched fresh attacks on Ukrainian cities today, Thursday, and while a Ukrainian official confirmed fierce fighting was taking place in the eastern Donetsk region, US President Joe Biden questioned statements by his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskyy about the source of the missile who fell in eastern Poland.
According to Ukrainian officials, Russian missiles and drones were aimed at the capital, Kyiv (north), Odessa (south) and Dnipro (center).
The Kyiv regional administration said air defenses shot down two “Shahid” drones (made in Iran) over the Ukrainian capital, and local officials said two Russian missiles were shot down in the city’s skies.
The Reuters news agency, in turn, quoted the southern command of the Ukrainian armed forces as saying that Russian bombing raids were aimed at the city of Odessa.
In Dnipro, several explosions were heard in the area due to Russian rocket attacks, according to local authorities.
Authorities issued an air alert in Kyiv and other regions, citing the threat of missile launches linked to Russian planes flying over the Caspian Sea.
And authorities in Kyiv urged their citizens to hide in shelters and follow their orders to prevent any rocket attack.
These developments come after Russia’s rocket attacks on vital Ukrainian facilities the day before yesterday, Tuesday, which Ukrainian officials said were the largest since the war began on February 24.
Battles of Donetsk
Also referring to field developments, Oleksiy Aristovich – an adviser to President Zelenskyy – said in a video clip he posted online today, Thursday, that the Russians are launching simultaneous attacks in Donetsk after reinforcing their ranks with troops drawn from the Withdraw Kherson region ( southern Ukraine).
Aristovich added that the battles will take place in Bakhmut, Pavlivka, Maryanka and Voldar.
He added that part of the Russian forces withdrawing from Kherson were ordered to launch attacks in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of the Donbass, while another part to Zaporizhia (southeast) and possibly Kharkiv (northeast). was directed.
For his part, Ukrainian military analyst Oleg Zhdanov said that Ukrainian forces repelled attacks on the cities of Avdiivka and Belorovka, noting that Russian forces arriving from Kherson were beginning to deploy in Donetsk.
And Ukraine’s staff command said its forces had repelled nine Russian advance attempts in the Donetsk region in recent days.
In Lugansk province, the Ukrainian staff command said 50 Russian soldiers were killed or wounded in a bomb attack on a position of Russian forces near the province’s town of “Deniz Hinko Fu”.
Last Friday, Russian forces completed their withdrawal from the city of Kherson amid progress made by Ukrainian forces in their counterattack aimed at restoring the entire province of Kherson, having previously recaptured most of Kharkiv province, cities and towns of Donetsk.
Kherson is the only regional capital in Ukraine controlled by Russian forces since the beginning of the war.
Biden and Zelenskyy
On the other hand, US President Joe Biden today, Thursday, questioned Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s claims that the missile that fell on Polish territory two days ago was a Russian missile.
In remarks by Biden upon his return to the White House after attending the G20 summit on the Indonesian island of Bali, the US President said Zelenskyy’s words contradicted existing evidence.
Polish President Andrzej Duda said the missile that hit Poland and killed two people was most likely fired by Ukraine’s air defenses.
And while the US Secretary of Defense said Russia ultimately bears responsibility for what happened because of its war against Ukraine, the Russian State Department confirmed that it called the Polish ambassador to Russia and urged Warsaw not to be involved , what it called Kiev’s provocations.
During an open session of the UN Security Council on the situation in Ukraine, Poland’s delegate to the UN Krzysztof Szczerski said that while the rocket launch incident in eastern Poland was largely unintentional, what happened highlights the extent of the possibility of the spread of what he indicates described it as the aggressive Russian war.
Shchersky added that BoldNIt conducts extensive consultations with its allies to increase its combat readiness in the face of a potential threat.
For his part, Russian delegate Vasily Nebenzia, despite contradicting facts, accused Western countries of demonizing Russia and blaming it for everything.
As for Ukrainian delegate Sergei Kislitsia, he expressed his country’s full willingness to cooperate in the investigations into the incident and reminded that this tragedy will not stop as long as Russia is able to continue its aggression.
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