Sirens sounded on Tuesday, declaring a state of air alert across Ukraine, according to government data. Within 4 minutes, the air alert was spread across the country.
Earlier, the British Ministry of Defense said today, Tuesday, that Russia has likely developed over the past three days its attacks around the towns of Pavlevka and Volydar in eastern Ukraine, in a more precise attack on this region.
The ministry added, in its statement, published on its official account on Twitter, that there is a high possibility that Russia will continue to make gains in this sector, but it is unlikely that it will have a sufficient number of irregular forces in the region to achieve a significant breakthrough on the battle front.
The ministry’s statement suggested that the Russian leadership would seek to develop a new axis of progress in Donetsk, which is under the control of Ukraine, and to divert Ukrainian forces from the Bakhmut sector, around which fierce battles are taking place.
This comes as the Ministry of Defense in Belarus announced today the start of a training course for the Joint Command Staff of the regional grouping of the forces of the two countries. The ministry added in a statement that this comes within the framework of preparing for joint exercises that the two countries will conduct in Russia in September.
On the ground, Acting President of the Donetsk People’s Republic Denis Pushilin stated that Russian units are moving forward despite the reinforcement of Ukrainian positions in the territory of industrial facilities along the front line.
Pushilin said in an interview with “Novosti” agency: “Yes, the enemy is still steadfast and fortified in the lands of the very many industrial facilities along the line of contact. The situation is getting more difficult because the heavy losses among the Ukrainian forces are not considered important for the Ukrainian leadership to issue orders to retreat, but the progress of the units.” Russian continues.
Pushilin previously said that the Ukrainian forces have strengthened their positions in the city of Oglidar, where a large number of industrial facilities and high-rise buildings are located, and they have not yet received the order to retreat.
Take control of the town of Bharkov 25
The head of the Military-Civil Administration of Kharkov Province, Vitaly Ganchev, announced today, Tuesday, that Russian forces control about 25 towns in the province, pointing to the difficult situation there, as it is constantly bombed.
“The situation on the front is unstable, and I can say that now there are about 25 towns under Russian control,” Ganchev told TASS.
In Kyiv, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky confirmed that Russian forces are seeking severe revenge against Ukraine. He also announced that his army was preparing a major counterattack against the Russian forces.
A dangerous message for authoritarian leaders
In turn, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the success of the Russian military operation in Ukraine would be a dangerous message to authoritarian leaders around the world.
Stoltenberg also added, during a visit to the “Iruma” military base in Japan, that Putin’s victory will reflect to the world the concept that the use of military force ends in achieving goals.