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Russia has not achieved military supremacy in the skies over Ukraine, a senior US Department of Defense official told reporters on Monday.

“We still believe that [Ukrainas] airspace is controversial, that the Russians have not achieved supremacy in the sky over the whole of Ukraine, “said a spokesman for the Pentagon.

As airspace is “dynamic”, there are “times and places” where Russia or Ukraine “has a big advantage,” he added.

“I can’t talk about the Ukrainian air plan, it’s changing every day; we think they’re being careful with their aircraft and how they use it and what they’re used for,” a Pentagon spokesman said.

He also said that Russian President Vladimir Putin was “100% of the armed forces inside Ukraine”. “He has transferred everything” to Ukraine, added a Pentagon spokesman.

Oleksiy Arestovich, an adviser to the head of the Ukrainian president’s office, has said that the recent rocket attacks by Ukrainian occupiers on Ukrainian airfields are revenge for Ukraine’s strong attacks on occupied aviation.

EU fourth round of sanctions

As stated in its statement on Twitter, envoys from the bloc’s 27 member states have confirmed sanctions against individuals and companies “involved in the attack on Ukraine”.

Their words will be made public after the new sanctions are “quickly” published in the EU’s official gazette, France said, adding that they had been developed in coordination with Western partners.

EU diplomats have also confirmed a statement to the World Trade Organization that Russia’s “most-favored nation” status is being lifted.

Depriving Russia of this status could lead to the imposition of tariffs on Russian exports.

Russian billionaires Roman Abramovich and other oligarchs, as well as the big oil companies Rosneft, Transneft and Gazpromneft, said in a fourth round of sanctions, sources said on Monday.

Abramovich, the owner of the British football club Chelsea, and other oligarchs will be banned from entering the EU, and their assets in the bloc, including super-yachts and real estate, will be frozen.

Rosneft, Transneft and Gazpromneft, which have already been sanctioned, will be tightened, but a ban on buying oil from them will not be imposed, sources said.

These companies are already subject to EU restrictions on lending and debt financing.

The new sanctions include a ban on investments by Rosneft, Transneft and Gazpromneft, which will freeze EU funding for new production and research projects.

But sanctions will not prevent EU countries and companies from buying oil from them, sources said.

EU High Representative Joseph Borrell said on Monday that the fourth package of sanctions would target Russia’s trade, market access, membership in international financial institutions and exports of luxury goods. Sanctions will target the steel, coal and energy sectors in particular.

“This will be another severe blow to the economic and logistical base on which the Kremlin is supporting the invasion and from which it is taking resources to fund it,” Borrell said.

From the beginning of the invasion until Monday morning, the Russians have lost 77 planes, 90 helicopters, 389 tanks, 1249 armored personnel carriers, 150 cannons, 64 multi-barrel jet launchers, 34 anti-aircraft guns, 617 cars, 60 tankers, eight unmanned aerial vehicles, eight unmanned aerial vehicles.

The amount of Russian losses is being clarified, as the acquisition of information is being hampered by intense hostilities.

At the beginning of the nineteenth day since Russia’s repeated invasion of Ukraine, the situation has not changed significantly, the General Staff of the Ukrainian Army reported on Monday.

The Ukrainian army has dealt devastating blows to Russia’s rear infrastructure – battlefield bases and warehouses – to make it more difficult to supply enemy units, LETA reports.

As of 6:00 a.m., the opponent’s attempts to attack in either direction had not yielded significant success, and the Russians’ main efforts were devoted to maintaining their positions.

Attempts by intruders to use civilian facilities, including churches, fire stations and military equipment, are still being reported.

The Ukrainian army launched a counterattack at Izjum in the Kharkiv region on Monday. At Topolsk, Špakivka and Donetsk, the opponent suffered losses and was forced to resign.

The enemy’s moral and psychological condition is still poor, and as a result, Russian soldiers have refused to carry out commands. According to the information available to the Ukrainians, a camp has been set up in Belgorod to house soldiers who have refused to take part in the war against Ukraine and are under pre-trial investigation.

An officer of the Special Forces of the Belarusian Army has also stated that the soldiers of these units will not take part in the war against Ukraine.

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