It is claimed that Ukrainian troops captured a large part of Severodonetsk, which was a major focus of the Russian offensive.
Serhiy Hayday (guvernor of Luhansk Region) said that Ukrainian forces had retaken 20% territory in the factory town they lost as conflict in the country’s east continues.
He stated that the gains made it “not realistic” for the city to fall within the next two weeks, even though Russian reinforcements were being deployed.
Russia is very close to capturing Luhansk. This is one of the two southern Ukrainian regions making up the vast area of land known as Donbass. However, it has been plagued with setbacks since its invasion.
After the Kremlin forces fled Kyiv after their failed capture of the capital, the war has now lasted 100 days.
In the meantime, Sergei Shoigu, Russian Defence Minister, claimed that Russian forces would “accelerate” the “special army operation” in Ukraine during a meeting with Ramzan Kadyrov (Institute for War, ISW).
The US-based think tank that analyzes the current military situation on the ground said that Russian forces are “unlikely” to be able do so, despite the claims of the minister.
Russian forces have been taking more of Severodonetsk over the past few days. The Ukrainian capture of a portion of the city should be noted if the claims are true.
Governor Hayday said: “As soon we have enough Western long range weapons, we’ll push their artillery out of our positions.
He added, “And then, trust me, the Russian Infantry, they’ll just run.”
Ukrainian officials believe that advanced missile systems are a key component of the United States’ and Britain’s recent pledge to win the war. Ukrainian troops have begun training for them.
According to Ukraine’s Interfax, two people were killed and at least two others were injured by Russian shelling of civilian infrastructure in northeast Kharkiv on Friday.
There are still concerns about millions of tons Ukrainian grain sitting in silos in the south, amid claims that Russian vessels are blocking Black Sea ports.
Russian President Vladimir Putin denied Friday that Moscow had prevented Ukrainian ports from exporting grains, and blamed rising food prices on the West.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Poland is looking for containers and train cars in Europe in order to ease the flow of grain from Ukraine.
As Russia and Ukraine are the largest exporters of grain in the world, there have been concerns that the conflict could lead to a global food shortage.
According to reports, Alexander Lukashenko, the Belarusian President and a key Kremlin ally, said that he would allow Ukraine’s grain transit through Belarus to Baltic Sea ports via Belarus. If Belarusian goods are allowed to be shipped from these ports it will.
The Ukrainian Navy claims that pro-Russian officers are moving in Kherson with high security and wearing armoured vests.