At least 12 people, including first responders, were injured this Friday due to the attack of a Ukrainian drone in Donetska large city in eastern Ukraine in the hands of Moscow, the occupation authorities announced.
“The launching of a projectile by a drone in the district of Kirov of the regional capital left 12 injured today,” reported on Telegram Denis Pushilin, who leads the occupation in the Donetsk region and in the eponymous city.
Among the injured are five first responders and municipal services employees, he said.
According to Pushilin, the city was also the target of Ukrainian artillery fire, which damaged a residential building and civilian infrastructure.
The city of Donetsk, which came under the control of pro-Russian separatists led by Moscow in 2014, is frequently bombed by Ukrainian forces.
Donetsk is one of the five regions partially occupied by Russia, and whose annexation Vladimir Putin claimed in September 2022.
Ukraine ends the year with stagnant front due to the shortage of ammunition and in the midst of uncertainty about the continuity of US military assistance, while the Russian Army has recovered the initiative in several sectors of the front a year later.
The lack of results on the battlefield has also had a political cost behind the scenes. The head of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Valeri Zaluzhni, He admitted in a controversial article that the counteroffensive had stalled, which threatened to freeze the conflict and clearly favor the Kremlin.
His cry for help did not please the optimistic Ukrainian president at all, Volodymyr Zelensky, who recommended that he not get into politics. The mayor of kyiv and his former advisor joined the criticism of the until recently untouchable leader, Oleksi Arestovich.
After many months of waiting, both in kyiv and in the West, the Ukrainian Army launched the long-awaited counteroffensive on the southern front on June 4 with its sights set on the Sea of Azov.
But it was too late as it turned out later, since the Russian troops had time to prepare an almost impenetrable line of defense composed of fortifications and impassable minefields.
The Ukrainians managed to take some valuable towns and about 500 square kilometers of territory, but they lost many Western men and equipment along the way and were never within cannon range of Melitopol, the main enemy stronghold in the region. Zaporozhye.
In recent weeks the American press has brought to light the discrepancies between Ukrainian and American generalsboth in terms of military strategy and logistical issues.
To undo the stalemate, Zaluzhni believes it is necessary for the allies to provide Kiev with clear technological superiority over the enemy, something that at the moment is far from happening.
While the counteroffensive foundered, Ukraine did achieve unexpected successes in the Black Seawhere Russia also has clear naval superiority.
With incisive land, sea and air sabotage operations, which hit the bases, arsenals and the ships of the Russian fleet, kyiv forced the Russian Navy to transfer the bulk of its ships to continental Russia.
As the 10th anniversary of the annexation of the peninsula approaches, kyiv has also achieved its goal of turn Crimea into an unstable region with waves of drone and missile attacks.
He Crimean bridgethe only link between the peninsula and continental Russia, also faltered again, although it is resisting for the moment Ukrainian attempts to cut off that strategic route of arms supply.
The Ukrainians also managed, after countless attempts, to get their boots to the south of the Dnieper river, in the Kherson region, a headache for Moscow, although the beachhead is only a few kilometers wide.
(With information from AFP and EFE)