Russian forces fired on Ukrainian positions and residential areas within the nation’s east in a single day and unleashed new rocket assaults, whereas fortifying positions there with new deployments of air-defense methods, Ukrainian officers stated Tuesday.
Ukrainian authorities are nonetheless investigating allegations by Ukrainian forces that they got here below a Russian chemical assault in Mariupol, the place Russia remains to be combating to consolidate positive factors within the metropolis, which Moscow sees as essential to its efforts in taking on jap Ukraine and pushing westward. The Russian authorities hasn’t commented publicly in regards to the alleged use of chemical weapons in Mariupol.
Russia’s Protection Ministry stated it was launching air and artillery strikes on Ukrainian positions in Mariupol.
In his first prolonged feedback on the conflict since final month, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated Tuesday that the primary aim of the offensive was “to assist folks in Donbas,” in one other signal that his forces would launch an assault on the jap area. He added that “there isn’t any doubt” the aim might be achieved, talking throughout a go to to the Vostochny Cosmodrome, a Russian spaceport within the nation’s Far East, alongside together with his Belarusian counterpart, Alexander Lukashenko.
The U.Okay. Protection Ministry stated combating was persevering with in Ukraine’s south close to the cities of Kherson and Mykolayiv and that Russia is constant to emphasise Donbas in a shifting conflict effort. British intelligence stated Russia would proceed to redeploy its troops from Belarus to the Ukrainian east and sure attempt to take the jap metropolis of Kramatorsk, the positioning of a lethal missile assault final week.
Russian Protection Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov stated Tuesday that high-precision air- and sea-based missiles in a single day destroyed an ammunition depot and a hangar with Ukrainian plane on the Starokostiantyniv army airfield within the western Khmelnytskyi area, in addition to an ammunition depot close to Havrylivka within the Kyiv area.
Ukraine’s Basic Employees stated Russians had been boosting air-defense capabilities close to Melitopol and Ilovaisk and added that it had repulsed six enemy assaults within the Donetsk and Luhansk areas, destroying 4 Russian tanks and eight artillery methods. The Ukrainian Air Drive stated it had downed a Russian airplane, two helicopters and 4 drones.
Ukrainian authorities stated they’re investigating a declare by their troops within the port metropolis of Mariupol that they got here below a Russian chemical weapons assault Monday.
The Ukrainian unit deployed in Mariupol, the Azov regiment, stated Russian forces dropped an unknown chemical substance from a drone, inflicting respiratory and nervous-system signs amongst its troops and civilians. No impartial proof of the assault has emerged from Mariupol.
Railway connections had been disrupted in a single day within the Russian city of Shebekino within the Belgorod area, close to the Ukrainian border northeast of Kharkiv, the regional governor instructed Russia’s RIA information company. There have been no casualties, he stated, and the reason for the disruption was being investigated. Russia’s Investigative Committee stated it’s trying into what induced the disruption to the railway line.
Russia closely makes use of the railways to bolster and resupply its troops getting ready the Donbas offensive, and Shebekino sits on considered one of its foremost rail connections to the realm. Russia final month stated two Ukrainian helicopters launched an airstrike on a gas depot in Belgorod, a declare Kyiv didn’t verify or deny.
—Mauro Orru and Evan Gershkovich contributed to this text.