August 8, 2022

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War in Ukraine: Amidst the Russian bombings and geopolitical maneuvers you have to remember from this 81st day of conflict

This Sunday, May 15, Finland announced its “historic” candidacy for NATO in the face of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. At the same time, the ruling party in Sweden has taken a stand for the NATO candidacy, thus paving the way for a request for membership in the government.

In recent hours, the NATO Secretary General says that Ukraine can win the war, and called for increasing military support and expediting the nominations of Finland and Sweden to join the coalition. Meanwhile, Russia sought positions in eastern Ukraine on Sunday as Moscow sought to encircle Ukrainian forces in the Battle of Donbass and thwart a Kyiv counter-attack around Izium.

It must be said that Ukraine has had a series of victories since the invasion launched by Moscow on February 24, forcing the Russian military to abandon the capital, Kyiv, before expelling it from the country’s second-largest city, Kharkiv.

The invasion – which Russia presents as a “special measure” to militarize and “stop” its neighbors, as well as protect Russian-speaking people in the east of the country from “genocide” – has destabilized the European security environment. Finland, which shares a 1,300 km border with Russia, confirmed on Sunday its intention to join NATO, before Sweden’s ruling party followed suit. Following the failure to capture the Ukrainian capital, the Russian military has re-integrated into the east and strengthened its hold in the Donetsk and Luhansk provinces, which make up the Donbass.

According to British military intelligence, Russia lost about a third of its ground forces stationed in February. From the same source, its attack took place in the Donbass “Significant delay” And is unlikely to progress rapidly over the next 30 days. “Russia’s war in Ukraine did not go as planned by Moscow”NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said.

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“The hottest point is in the direction of Izioum”

Moscow hit Ukrainian positions in the east with missiles on Sunday, targeting command bases and arsenals, and its forces sought to encircle Ukrainian divisions between Izium and Donetsk, Reuters reports. If Ukraine maintains pressure on the Izium and Russian supply lines, it will be very difficult for Moscow to encircle Ukrainian troops in the eastern Donbass front.

“The hottest point is in the direction of Izioum”Ukrainian regional governor Ole Sinekubov said in a comment posted on social media. “Our armed forces have gone on the offensive there. The enemy is retreating at some point.” In Ruska Losova, a village in the vast expanse between the Kharkiv and Ukraine-Russia borders, Ukrainian commanders said they hoped to re-deploy troops to defend the Moscow Islands while preventing Ukrainian troops from artillery fire.

The Ukrainian military also acknowledged the setbacks: “Despite the losses, Russian forces continue to advance in the Lyman, Siverodonetsk, Avtivka and Krakவ்w regions of the wider Donbass region.”. In western Ukraine, near Poland, missiles fired from the Black Sea into the Lviv region destroyed military infrastructure Saturday night, Ukrainian officials said. The Russian shelling of the southern port of Mariupol continued on Sunday. According to the Ukrainian military, several hundred Ukrainian militants are protesting there several weeks after the city fell to the Russians.