The president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskypraised this Wednesday the “important successes” of three Ukrainian brigades that advanced on the front of Bakhmutin the eastern oblast of Donetskpartially occupied by Russia.
Zelensky, speaking in his daily address to the nation, did not give details about the military operations, but congratulated the Ukrainian intelligence special forces for their work in the district of Klishchivkasouth of Bakhmut.
“The three brigades have been deployed in combat in the Bakhmut area. Important successful actions”Zelensky said.
According to the daily war report of the Ukrainian General Staffthe armed forces achieved “partial successes” in their “offensives” in that area, where they would have caused “significant casualties” to the enemy both in personnel and material.
The channel on Telegram DeepStatereported this Wednesday that Ukrainian units had entered the town of Klishchivka (less than ten kilometers south of Bakhmut) and “continued to comb” the area in search of straggling Russian soldiers.
“The enemy could still be in houses on the outskirts of town”DeepState said.
Since beginning its counteroffensive in early June, Ukraine has recovered nearly 50 square kilometers around Bakhmuta city that had 70,000 inhabitants before the invasion and which was taken by Russia after more than half a year of hard fighting.
This Monday kyiv assured that “broke the first line of defense”Russian, opening a way for its offensive towards the cities of Tokmak and Melitopolimportant locations for the logistics of the Russian army.
The Ukrainian army also “took a part of opytne“, a town near the city of Avdivkaanother hot spot on the front.
“Real and fair sentence”
Zelensky assured this Tuesday that he will support “any court that leads to a real and fair sentence” for the Russian leaders who participated in the decision to start the war, and noted that “unity and persistence” will lead to the formation of that Court. who will judge the crime of Russian aggression against Ukraine.
At an event with students from the Leiden University and The Hague University of Applied SciencesZelensky noted, in a virtual intervention, that “the world is going through a special stage, in which it is being decided whether genocidal politics will become the new normal, that is what Russia is trying to do in its war: that “The genocide takes a backseat, he wants to freeze the war and turn shocking scenes into something everyday.”
Asked what type of court Ukraine defends to try the Russian aggression crime against Ukraine, Zelensky admitted that this is a “complex” debate, but stressed that “unity and persistence will lead” to what kyiv “expects” on accountability.
“No matter what you call that court, the most important thing about this story is the result. (…) This is a complicated mission, it is to reach a verdict on the crime of aggression, the main one. We need unity, but it is very difficult for the leaders of the different countries of the world to support the court that will issue a sentence against the leader of another country, even if that country has started a war against the freedom of another country,” Zelensky added.
kyiv has defended from the beginning the creation of a special court based on a resolution of the United Nations General Assemblybut the difficulties in gaining support for that format have put a modified form on the table for debate, what is known as a international court hybrid based on the legal system of a third country, such as Dutch law, but no agreement has yet been reached on this either.
(With information from EFE and AFP)