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Ukraine demands new breakthrough despite Russian bombing – 10/12/2022 at 18:33

Ukrainian artillerymen fire on a front-line Russian military position in Donetsk region (AFP / Anatolii Stepanov) on October 11, 2022.

Ukrainian artillerymen fire on a front-line Russian military position in Donetsk region (AFP / Anatolii Stepanov) on October 11, 2022.

Ukraine said on Wednesday it had recaptured several positions from the Russians in the country’s south and welcomed the arrival of a new Western anti-aircraft defense system, predicting “a new era” after two days of heavy shelling.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has pledged that providing these systems, capable of neutralizing Russian missiles in Ukrainian skies, is a “priority”.

The pledge comes after Ukraine came under “massive” salvos of missiles, rockets and drones on Monday and Tuesday, specifically targeting its civilian energy infrastructure. Russian President Vladimir Putin launched the strikes in retaliation for the bomb attack that damaged the Crimean bridge, which he blamed on Kiev.

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiï Reznikov has already hailed “a new era of air defense” with the “Iris-T system from Germany” and the upcoming delivery of “American NASAMS”.

Attending a NATO meeting at the US military base in Ramstein, Germany, he said he was “optimistic” about further announcements.

On Tuesday, in a virtual meeting with the G7, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called for help to build an “air shield,” Mr.

At the same time, the 27 members of the European Union agreed to set up a large military mission to train Ukrainian forces in several member states. According to two diplomats, around 15,000 soldiers will be affected initially.

For its part, the Kremlin said on Wednesday that it expects Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to make a concrete proposal to Vladimir Putin to mediate the conflict during a meeting in Kazakhstan on Thursday.

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A destroyed bridge in Bagmouth, Donetsk region on October 11, 2022 (AFP / Yasuyoshi CHIBA )

A destroyed bridge in Bagmouth, Donetsk region on October 11, 2022 (AFP / Yasuyoshi CHIBA )

“The Turks are offering their mediation. If (Russian-Ukrainian) contacts happen, they will be made on Turkish territory,” Kremlin diplomatic adviser Yuriy Ochakov told reporters.

Meanwhile, Russia announced the arrest of eight people suspected of involvement in the attack on the Crimean bridge and said it had foiled two attacks on Russian territory instigated by Ukrainian special services.

– Putin’s “miscalculation” –

Vladimir Putin has vowed a “fierce” response to any attacks aimed at Russia and what it considers its territory, while Moscow announced its annexation of Crimea in 2014, followed by four other Ukrainian regions in September.

Map of the situation in Ukraine as of October 12 at 8 a.m. GMT (AFP /

Map of the situation in Ukraine as of October 12 at 8 a.m. GMT (AFP /

Kryv has neither confirmed nor denied its involvement in the blast on the bridge linking Russian territory with Crimea, but Ukraine has always insisted it wants to retake the peninsula and all areas occupied by Russia since the February 24 invasion.

In the south, the Kherson region, one of four that Moscow said it annexed, five new positions had been recaptured, Ukraine’s president said Wednesday, in what would be the latest setback for the military. In this zone like northeast and east from the beginning of September.

But he noted that Russian artillery was resisting “to prevent a counter-attack along the line of contact”.

The Russian Defense Ministry assured that he pushed back the Ukrainians in a small pocket of Kharkiv region (northeast) still under Moscow control, in the north of the Kherson region and east of Donetsk and Luhansk.

Ukraine, for its part, pointed out that a Russian strike on a market on Wednesday morning in the town of Avdiivka, near the front line in the east, killed at least seven people.

A fire on a Crimean bridge following a truck explosion near Kerch on October 8, 2022 (AFP / - )

A fire on a Crimean bridge following a truck explosion near Kerch on October 8, 2022 (AFP / – )

US President Joe Biden on Tuesday noted that the Russian president had “clearly” misjudged the situation in Ukraine and “totally miscalculated” the opposition he faced.

While hoping that Moscow would not use such a bomb, Mr. He also considered it “irresponsible” for Putin to threaten to use a tactical nuclear weapon to defend what he sees as his victories.

– New mass graves –

To the east, Ukrainian authorities have announced the discovery of two new mass graves in towns in the Donetsk region recently retaken from Russian troops.

An AFP journalist noted that dozens of bodies were exhumed by forensic teams wearing protective gear at the railway junction in Lyman in early October.

“We have already found the bodies of more than 50 soldiers and civilians. We have a long trench, a mass grave, where we found bodies and body parts,” said the governor of the Donetsk region, Pavlo Kyrilenko.

A Ukrainian forensic team exhumes bodies from a mass grave near Lyman in the Donetsk region on October 11, 2022 (AFP/SERGEY BOBOK)

A Ukrainian forensic team exhumes bodies from a mass grave near Lyman in the Donetsk region on October 11, 2022 (AFP/SERGEY BOBOK)

A number of abuses — torture, rape, summary executions — have been alleged in cities retaken by Russia. Despite mounting evidence, Moscow continues to deny the involvement of its soldiers.

Finally, on the energy front of the conflict, President Putin has confirmed that the ball is in the EU’s “court”, which is unaffected by mutually blamed explosions to start Russian gas supplies via the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. Russian and Western.