On the 30th day of the offensive, the 2nd city of the country Kharkiv and the port city of Mariupol are still under intense fire from the Russian army. A tragedy for the inhabitants who remained on the spot.
On Friday, the Russian army announced that it would limit its offensive on eastern Ukraine, while kyiv forces launched a counter-offensive on the city of Kherson.
The Russian command, through Deputy Chief of Staff Sergei Rudskoy, announced that “the combat capabilities of the Ukrainian forces have been significantly reduced, which allows (…) to concentrate the bulk of the efforts on the main objective: the liberation of the Donbass».
Pro-Russian separatists have created two “republics” recognized by Moscow in this industrial region in the eastern part of Ukrainian territory. And this shortly after the Vice-President of the Russian Security Council, Dmitry Medvedev, using the rhetoric dear to Vladimir Putin, had stressed that the current military operation must “continue until it achieves its objective of demilitarize and denazify Ukraine”.
Seven Russian generals killed since the start of the conflict
In Washington, a senior Pentagon official said that Ukrainian forces had launched a counter-offensive on the city of Kherson (south), the only major urban center completely conquered by Moscow forces, which is now “contested”.
In Vinnytsia, in the center of the country, the command center of the Ukrainian air forces was hit on Friday by a salvo of cruise missiles, which caused “significant damage”, according to the Ukrainian army. Without causing any casualties, said the town hall.
Presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych claimed that a Russian general had been killed near Kherson, becoming the seventh Russian general killed in Ukraine. It is General Yakov Rezantsev, according to Western officials on condition of anonymity. According to these same sources, another general, Vladislav Yerchov, was removed from his post by the Kremlin because of the heavy losses suffered by the Russian troops.