He Ukrainian army continues to progress in its advance towards the town of Novoprokopivkain front of Zaporizhzhyawhile expands the arc of his offensive eastward, approaching from liberated Robotyne to occupied VerboveUkrainian military and independent sources reported this Friday.
“In the direction Novodanilivka-Novoprokopivka (to the south of Roboyine) they have managed progressthey have entrenched in the recaptured territories and inflict damage with artillery fire on identified enemy targets”, declared this Friday the spokesman of the Ukrainian General Staff, Andri Kovalov.
Meanwhile, the Center for Defense Strategies (CED) claims in its daily war bulletin that kyiv’s troops have taken a “key” high ground northeast of Novoprokopivka.
This think tank The Ukrainian also speaks of “advances” towards the people of verbove (to the southeast east of Robotyne) which suppose “expanding penetration” of Russian defenses. Between Robotyne and the next target of the eastern fork of the Ukrainian offensive in this part of the front there is an arc already, according to the CED, of 9 kilometers.
In addition to crossing “the first line” of the “main” Russian containment zone in the direction of Melitopolthe main occupied city in Zaporizhzhia, the Ukrainian counteroffensive would also be experiencing progress in the area of the eastern province of Donetsk which adjoins the southern Zaporizhzhia.
There, kyiv forces seek to push the enemy south towards the occupied port of Berdyanskwhere Ukraine has made the least progress since the counter-offensive began in early June.
According to him think tank Ukrainian, the Ukrainian Army has forced the Russians to withdraw from several heights they controlled on that section of the frontin which the Ukrainian offensive approaches the front in a less localized way and is distributed along the Russian defensive line to force the enemy to disperse its troops to protect it.
kyiv mayor plans to build fortifications in the city
The Ukrainian capital wants to build more fortifications as the risk of a Russian attack remains, kyiv authorities reported on Thursday.
The Russian army attempted to take the capital in the first phase of its full-scale invasion launched in February 2022, but withdrew after facing fierce Ukrainian resistance.
Mayor Vitali Klitschko said that kyiv will allocate 800 million hryvnias (21.74 million dollars) to build fortifications and for other urgent military needs.
“kyiv is and will be the enemy’s number one priority target”declared Serhi Popko, head of the military administration, on the Telegram messaging application.
Klitschko also said that he will submit a separate amendment for consideration in the city budget to allocate 300 million hryvnias for the needs of the Ukrainian armed forces.
The Russian military controls swaths of the country’s east and south, and for now there are no immediate signs that they are planning another assault on the Ukrainian capital. Nevertheless, kyiv is a regular target of missile and drone attacks; the latest killed two people on Wednesday.
The main adviser to the Ukrainian Presidency, Mikhailo Podoliak, has affirmed that these bombardments on the population come as “revenge” for “increasing accidents” in Russia and “failures” on the front lines and reflect “ethnic hatred and an attempt at psychological intimidation.”
This wave of attacks took place on Wednesday precisely on a night in which Russia has denounced an attempted “massive attack with drones” on Russian territory, having shot down vehicles of this type in at least five different regions of the country. In recent weeks, the Russian authorities have reported numerous downings of drones in several provinces, which means an increase in incursions of this type of vehicle, especially in the border area.
The apparent Ukrainian drones penetrating deep into Russia and cross-border sabotage missions are part of the kyiv’s efforts to exert internal pressure on the Kremlin, militarily and politically. Meanwhile, a Ukrainian counteroffensive launched in June is eroding parts of the front line, kyiv officials say.
Ukraine intends to “erode Russian morale and increase pressure on its commanders,” the International Institute for Strategic Studies, a think tank, said in an assessment. The strategy is “to bring Russian forces to a tipping point where combat power and morale can start to break down,” the Institute noted in the analysis late Wednesday.
(With information from AFP, AP, EFE and Reuters)
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