Russia maintains the pressure along the entire frontwith advances in the regions of Kharkiv and Donetskin eastern Ukraine, while the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, visits the Kupiansk sector to encourage the troops in the face of a prolonged defense.
“In the sector of the Kupiansk front, the units of the Western group improved their positions in the vicinity of the town of Sinkivka in the Kharkiv region and repelled 18 enemy attacks,” the Russian Defense Ministry reported this Saturday in its part of weekly war.
In the sector of Limán frontRussian forces repelled 13 Ukrainian attacks and caused more than 950 enemy casualties.
Further south, “in the sector of ZaporizhiaRussian units carried out active defense, during which they repelled 14 enemy attacks in the vicinity of the town of Robotine and Verbove,” the military agency said.
Zelensky encourages troops in Kupiansk
The Ukrainian president visited today the sector of Kupianskone of the most tense on the front, to encourage the troops.
According to the press service of the Ukrainian Presidency, Zelensky was “a few kilometers from enemy lines” together with Defense Minister Rustem Umerov.
“They heard a report from the commander of the Ukrainian Ground Forces, Oleksandr Sirski, on the situation in this sector. The plan of future actions of the military units was specified, in particular for the defense of the Kupiansk-Liman line,” the Presidency noted. .
Ukraine, increasingly on the defensive
According to what Lieutenant General told Ukrainian television Igor RomanenkoUkraine is increasingly becoming defensive. “Right now a war of positions is taking place with our counterattacks in different directions.
All this must be reinforced with engineering works and fortifications. “It is necessary to create a defense system,” he said.
Russia says its paratroopers have destroyed two Ukrainian combat vehicles in Zaporizhzhia
Paratroopers russians have attacked and destroyed two infantry fighting vehicles Ukrainians near the region Zaporizhiaas reported by the Russian Ministry of Defense to the TASS agency.
“An accurate artillery shot and a Kornet guided missile shot helped the paratroopers destroy two infantry fighting vehicles of Ukrainian formations with crews inside,” the ministry said.