Ukrainian soldiers fire a self-propelled howitzer towards Russian positions near Bakhmut, March 10, 2023.
Kyiv – Russian invasion forces continue to attempt to reach the administrative border of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions in eastern Ukraine – focusing their main efforts on offensive actions in the directions of Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdijivka, Marjinka and Shakhtarsk. This was stated by the Ukrainian General Staff in the regular morning operational report. At the same time, they claim that Ukrainian defenders have repelled over 100 enemy attacks in these regions in the past day.
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“In the direction of Lyman, the enemy is trying to improve its tactical position,” the command of the Ukrainian Armed Forces says, noting that the Russian invasion army has carried out unsuccessful attacks on seven villages in the region. According to him, the Ukrainians also repelled a series of attacks in the vicinity of Bakhmut, which is one of the main centers of current fighting, as well as in other places in the Donetsk region.
“The enemy carried out defensive actions in the direction of Zabrozh and Kherson,” the Ukrainian General Staff claims. At the same time, it informs, among other things, about 11 strikes by the Ukrainian Air Force on “occupant concentration points” and on the Russian anti-aircraft missile system. The Russians, on the other hand, according to Kyiv, carried out 29 air strikes and four missile strikes on the Donetsk region. According to him, they fired salvo rocket launchers more than a hundred times.
Similar statements by individual parties to the conflict cannot be directly verified from independent sources in the conditions of war.
The Ukrainska Pravda server, citing the leadership of the Kherson and Donetsk regions, reported this morning that Russian invasion forces killed five civilians in these regions on Friday . In the last day, the Russian occupiers shelled populated areas in the Kherson region 71 times with mortars, salvo rocket launchers, cannons, tanks and attacked using drones, writes the website, according to which three people died in the Kherson region and two in Donetsk. Others suffered injuries.
Zelenskyi: Russia has used more than 5,000 missiles and 1,000 drones since the beginning of the war
Russia has used more than 5,000 missiles and more than 1,000 drones to attack Ukraine since the beginning of the war, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi said on Friday. His words were reported today by The Kyiv Independent, which reminds that the war has been going on for more than a year.
“Why did Russia come to our country? Did it even have a just reason to start this war? There was none. It is a war tyranny against freedom,” Zelenskyy also said during a discussion held remotely by the American think tank American Enterprise Institute.
Russia has been attacking Ukraine continuously since February 24 last year. From time to time, Moscow will intensify the offensive. The last time this happened was on Thursday, when at least six civilians were killed in large-scale airstrikes in Ukraine. The attacks in many places caused power outages as well as the temporary disconnection of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant from the external grid.
According to the UN, at least 8,000 civilians lost their lives due to the war instigated by Russia. Around 90 percent of them were killed by explosive weapons.