KYIV, Ukraine — Ukraine’s prime commander has known as the scenario on the entrance strains “intense but fully controlled,” saying that Russian forces have been making an attempt to advance on a number of fronts as Ukrainian forces continued to grind away at their fight capabilities.
Gen. Valeriy Zaluzhnyi, the highest commander of Ukraine’s Armed Forces, stated in an announcement Tuesday that Russian forces have been shelling 700 to 800 Ukrainian positions a day within the south and east of Ukraine, expending between 40,000 to 60,000 items of ammunition every day.
The Russians made their final main territorial advance in early July after they captured the town of Lysychansk, securing the Luhansk area in jap Ukraine. Ukrainian forces have been utilizing long-range Western weapons to attempt to degrade Russian fight functionality, hitting command and management facilities, ammunition depots and important provide routes.
On Wednesday, the Ukrainians stated they destroyed a constructing that was being utilized by the Russian forces in Lysychansk. The declare couldn’t be independently verified.
At the identical time, Russia continued to bombard the port metropolis of Mykolaiv on Ukraine’s southern coast. The metropolis — a key staging floor for Ukrainian forces as they search to chop off 1000’s of Russian troopers west of the Dnipro River — has been beneath relentless hearth.
Ukraine’s southern command stated on Wednesday that Russian assault plane and helicopters hit Ukrainian positions 9 instances in a single day and destroyed important port infrastructure.
Oleksandr Senkevych, the mayor of Mykolaiv, stated the Russians additionally had hit a neighborhood college.
“Just a few days ago I posted a video showing that there is no military base there,” he stated in a message posted on social media. “That ordinary specialists of the university work there: they accept applicants’ documents, sign circular letters, issue diplomas.”
“And tonight, two Russian missiles flew there,” he added. He stated that solely a safety guard had been current on the time of the strike and that he had escaped unhurt.
In the close by metropolis of Odesa, missile strikes hit a recreation middle and destroyed a number of houses, Serhii Bratchuk, the spokesman of the Odesa regional army administration, stated in a Telegram submit. Three folks have been injured, he stated.
Odesa, a essential port, has lengthy been in Moscow’s sights because it blockades the Black Sea. But following Russia’s lack of its Black Sea flagship, the Moskva, the British Defense Intelligence service stated Tuesday that Russia’s Navy has been struggling to successfully management the waters off Crimea’s coast; Ukraine, in the meantime, has successfully neutralized the specter of an amphibious assault on Odesa, it stated.