After a string of victories, Ukraine makes progress in retaking areas outside Kharkiv

Ukrainian troops recaptured the town of Pitomnik on the outskirts of Kharkiv in the northeastern part of the country on Wednesday, the latest in a string of victories by Ukrainian forces within miles of the Russian border.

The liberation of Pytomnyk, a small town about 15 miles from the Russian border, comes a day after Ukrainian authorities announced the recapture of four other villages outside Kharkov.

The combined counterattack effectively pushed Russian artillery out of range of Ukraine’s second-largest city, while putting pressure on Russia’s borders and supply lines.

“We have achieved success in the direction of Kharkiv, we are steadily repulsing the enemy and liberating population centers,” Brigadier General Oleksi Khromov, deputy head of the main operations bureau of the Ukrainian General Staff, said on Wednesday.

Ukraine also brought the fighting back to Snake Island – the Black Sea base occupied at the start of the war where Ukrainian troops told the Russian cruiser Moskva to “get out” [it]Own. “

A car was destroyed after Russian troops attacked Orishiv in eastern Ukraine.
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Ukrainian forces have been targeting Russian air defenses on the island, as well as Russian supply ships, in an attempt to disrupt Russia’s attempts to gain control of Ukraine’s coast, according to the British Ministry of Defence.

Ukrainian authorities also reported the downing of a cruise missile en route to the historic port of Odessa, which has been heavily bombed by Russia in recent days.

Russian rockets did land outside Zaporozhye, the city on the Dnieper River to which many residents of the devastated city of Mariupol fled. There were no immediate reports of casualties after the strike.

Russian attacks in Mariupol persist, and last Ukrainian resisters plead to evacuate.

Map of Ukraine during the Russian invasion.
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The message is this:

  • Top U.S. intelligence officials have warned that Russia could turn to increasingly “unpredictable and intense” tactics in its war on Ukraine – where the threat of a nuclear war against the West persists.
  • Ukrainian security services released intercepted calls showing the bodies of thousands of Russian soldiers piled “as high as people” to hide the true extent of the casualties.
  • Czech President Milos Zeman has approved a request by 103 Czechs to join Ukraine’s armed forces to help them fight Russian aggression. Czech citizens are generally barred from serving in foreign militaries, an offence punishable by up to five years in prison.
    This screenshot taken from a drone video shows the fire on the island of Zmiinyi (Snake) in Ukraine.
Drone footage captures Zmiinyi (snake) island in Ukraine.
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Meanwhile, Ukraine on Wednesday announced plans to conduct its first war crimes trial against a captured Russian soldier.

Ukraine’s Attorney General Iryna Venediktova announced charges against 21-year-old Russian sergeant Vadin Shyshimarin for shooting and killing an unarmed 62-year-old civilian who was riding a bicycle in late February, four days after the war began.

Under Ukrainian law, Shyshimarin could face up to 15 years in prison.

The attorney general’s office said it was investigating more than 10,700 Russian war crimes allegations and had identified more than 600 suspects.

In the east, Ukrainian gas pipeline operators have cut off Russian gas supplies to Western Europe, claiming that Russian-backed separatist forces in Donbas are draining supplies. The shutdown is the worst impact on Russian energy flows to Europe since the war began.

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