“Our armed forces have given us good news from the Kharkiv region. The occupiers are gradually being expelled from the Kharkiv region,” President Volodymyr Zhelensky said in a video. “I am grateful to all of our fighters who chased away the occupying army, maintained their position and showed inhumane strength.”
Ukrainian civil servants said on Facebook that “in the area of this big city are located places Sergosy Daisky, Rusky Daisky, Rubizne and Byrak.” “Thus, the enemy was further pushed out of Kharkiv and the chances of the invaders attacking the regional center were slim.”
But he noted that “the intensity of the shelling has increased in the Kharkiv district.” In addition, the head of the Kharkiv regional administration, Oleg Snkopov, who spoke on the telegram, said that “by withdrawing, the Russian occupiers are leaving deadly traps behind them”.
The “second phase” of the “special military operation” announced by Moscow is aimed at total control over the Donbass, and the fighting is particularly intense in the Lukansk region.
But now the focus is on the southwestern part of the country as well. On Tuesday, US intelligence chief Avril Haines said that Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted to “extend” the conflict to Transdniestria, a part of Moldova that seceded in 1990.
On April 22, a Russian general, Rustam Minnekayev, argued that “control of southern Ukraine is a corridor to transnistria, where there are cases of oppression of Russian-speaking people.” However, the protection of Russian speakers is one of Moscow’s justifications for the current war.
With the exception of Crimea, which was annexed in 2014, Russian troops have occupied most of southern Ukraine, including the regional capital, Gershon.
Under Ukrainian command to the south, Russian troops are engaged in a “ruthless” attack on the Mykoliv region, which marks the final lock before Odessa in the west.
In the vicinity of Odessa, “psychological pressure continues on the people of neighboring Transnistria” “possible blockade of the region due to the dismissal of the Dynestor Bridge, again attacked by missiles”, and carried out the Ukrainian command. South.
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