- Is Russia afraid of Ukraine?
- Months after the start of the war there is some surprising news.
- The latest on the war in Ukraine.
THE LATEST: Russia is said to be worried about a Ukrainian counterattack months after the start of the war. According to a senior Ukrainian official, multiple Russian battalions are concerned about possible counterattacks in the city of Belgorod, on the border with Ukraine.
“According to the General Staff, they are very worried about our counter-offensive in the Kharkiv region, in the north of the Kharkiv region, to be precise,” Vadym Denysenko, adviser to the Ukrainian Interior Minister, said, according to CNN.
Russia hits Ukraine hard
A Russian-installed official in Ukraine’s Kherson region says the regional government will ask Russian President Vladimir Putin to annex the area, according to the latest Ukraine war news reported by The Associated Press.
The second-in-command of the Moscow-appointed executive for Kherson, Kirill Stremousov, told reporters on Wednesday that they do not plan to create a self-proclaimed “Kherson People’s Republic” like those in Donetsk and Luhansk, the news agency reported.
Russia’s greatest achievement in the war
Instead, he said, they plan to ask Putin to bring the region into the country. “The city of Kherson is Russia,” Stremousov was quoted as saying by the Russian state news agency RIA Novosti. “There will be no (Kherson People’s Republic) in the territory of the Kherson region, there will be no referendums,” he declared.
“There will be a decree based on the request of the Kherson regional leadership to the Russian president, and there will be a request to include the region within a region of the Russian Federation itself.” The capture of Kherson, a city in southern Ukraine, and much of its region at the start of the war was possibly the Kremlin’s greatest achievement in the conflict.
Ukraine makes drastic decision for the first time
A Ukrainian gas pipeline operator cuts off shipments from Russia through its key hub in the country’s east. This was the first time that natural gas supply has been affected by the war that began in late February. The decision of the Ukrainian company could force Russia to shift its natural gas shipments so that they cross territories controlled by Kyiv before reaching its European customers.
Initially, Gazprom, the Russian state-owned energy giant, said it could not reroute shipments, but preliminary data suggests an increase in the volume of gas passing through a secondary Ukrainian station. The Ukrainian carrier said it cut off shipments through Novopskov, located in an area controlled by Moscow-backed separatists, due to interference by “occupation forces,” including an alleged diversion of the gas.
Soldiers’ wives do the unthinkable
According to the operator, the hub handles about a third of the Russian natural gas that passes through Ukraine to Western Europe, but Gazprom, the Russian state energy giant, said it handled just a quarter, according to The Associated Press. Separately, a Russian projectile hits the outskirts of the city of Zaporizhia, Ukrainian officials say.
According to the military authorities of the city, the rocket exploded on Wednesday and destroyed infrastructure, although they did not specify what it affected. No deaths or injuries were immediately reported from the blast. Also, the wives of two Ukrainian soldiers defending a steel complex in Mariupol met with Pope Francis to ask him to intervene and help organize an evacuation to a third country before Russian troops can capture or kill them.
“Our soldiers are ready to be evacuated to a third country”
Kateryna Prokopenko and Yuliia Fedusiuk greeted the pontiff on Wednesday at the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square. Later, in statements to reporters, they pointed out that Francis did not specify any commitment but said that he prayed for them. Prokopenko, whose husband, Denys Prokopenko, is the commander of the Azov Regiment defending the Azovstal steel mill, said the men would be willing to travel to a third country — they mentioned Turkey or Switzerland — if an evacuation is organized.
“Our soldiers are ready to be evacuated to a third country. They are ready to lay down their arms in the event of an evacuation to a third country. We are ready to help them, I hope,” she said, according to AP. In addition, Ukraine seems to ‘recover’ and take advantage.
Ukraine launches ‘attack’ and moves forward
Ukraine’s attack on the Russian forces on Snake Island is helping to curb Moscow’s attempts to expand its influence in the Black Sea, Britain’s military says. In its daily intelligence report on the conflict, Britain’s Defense Ministry tweeted Wednesday that “Russia (is) repeatedly trying to reinforce its exposed garrison there.”
“Ukraine has successfully attacked Russian air defenses and resupply ships with Bayraktar drones. Russian resupply ships have minimal protection in the western Black Sea, following the withdrawal of the Russian Navy to Crimea following the loss of Moskva,” he added. This corresponds to satellite images analyzed by The Associated Press this weekend and showing fighting in the area. Filed Under: Latest News from the War in Ukraine
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