Ukraine Crisis with Russia
- Ukraine’s President, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, reports ongoing Russian attacks in Avdiivka and Maryinka but asserts strong Ukrainian positions.
- Russian forces persistently attempt to regain control of Avdiivka, a crucial gateway to Russian-held Donetsk and the Donbas region.
- Ukrainian forces in Kherson cross the Dnipro river, trying to establish new positions and pursue Russian forces.
- The eastern bank of Kherson remains occupied by Russians, with the western bank under Ukrainian control enduring regular shelling.
- Recent Russian missile strike in Kharkiv district results in the loss of six postal workers and multiple injuries.
- US Ambassador to Ukraine, Bridget Blink, condemns the attack and criticizes the Kremlin’s disregard for human life.
- Mitch McConnell expresses support for the Joe Biden White House’s $106bn aid proposal to Israel and Ukraine.
- Russian forces intercept three missiles targeting the Crimean peninsula, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014.
- UK Ministry of Defence estimates 150,000-190,000 permanent casualties and 240,000-290,000 including temporary wounded on the Russian side since the start of the Ukraine war.
- President Zelenskiy describes a challenging situation in Avdiivka and Maryinka with numerous Russian attacks but assures that Ukrainian positions are holding.
Developments in Ukraine: Avdiivka, Kherson, and Casualty Estimates
Russia making bloody drive for linchpin town of Avdiivka; all killed in Russian strike on sorting centre were postal workers
- Avdiivka is crucial as a gateway to reclaim Russian-held Donetsk and the Donbas region.
- The Institute for the Study of War reports that Ukrainian forces in Kherson have established new positions and are pursuing Russian forces.
- The east bank of Kherson is occupied by Russians, while the west bank, under Ukrainian control, faces regular shelling.
- A recent Russian missile strike in the Kharkiv district claims six lives, all postal workers aged 19 to 42. Seventeen individuals were injured, with seven in critical condition.
- US Ambassador Bridget Blink condemns the attack and criticizes the Kremlin’s disregard for human life.
- Mitch McConnell expresses strong support for the $106 billion aid proposal to Israel and Ukraine from the Joe Biden White House.
- Russian forces successfully intercept three missiles targeting the Crimean peninsula, annexed by Russia in 2014, of strategic importance for military operations.
- The UK’s Ministry of Defence estimates 150,000-190,000 permanent casualties for Russia since the start of the Ukraine war. The number rises to 240,000-290,000 when including temporarily wounded individuals expected to return to the battlefield.