Ukraine makes progress in recovering areas outside Kharkiv

Ukrainian troops recaptured the town of Pytomnyk outside Kharkiv in the northeast on Wednesday, the latest in a string of victories that has placed Ukrainian troops miles from the Russian border.

The release of Pytomnyk, a town about 15 miles from the Russian border, comes a day after Ukrainian authorities announced the takeover of four other villages outside Kharkiv.

The combined counterattacks effectively pushed Russian artillery out of range of Ukraine’s second largest city and simultaneously put pressure on Russia’s border and supply lines.

“We have successes in the direction of Kharkiv, where we regularly repel the enemy and liberate population centers,” Brigadier General Oleksiy Hromov, deputy head of the Main Operations Directorate of the General Staff, said on Wednesday. Ukrainian.

Ukraine also brought the fight back to Snake Island – the Black Sea base that was taken in the opening act of the war, during which Ukrainian troops told the Russian cruiser Moskva to “go fk”. [it]self.”

A vehicle lies in ruins after Russian forces attacked Orikhiv in eastern Ukraine.
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Ukrainian forces have targeted Russian air defenses on the island, as well as Russian supply ships in an effort to disrupt Russia’s bid to control Ukraine’s coast, according to the British Ministry of Defence.

Ukrainian authorities also reported shooting down a cruise missile heading for the historic port of Odessa, which has come under heavy Russian bombardment in recent days.

Russian rockets fell outside Zaporizhzhia, the city on the Dnipro River to which many residents of the destroyed city of Mariupol fled. There were no immediate reports of casualties after the strike.

Russian attacks in Mariupol persisted, while the last Ukrainian resisters pleaded for an extraction.

Ukraine map
A map of Ukraine in the midst of the Russian invasion.
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The news comes as follows:

  • Senior US intelligence officials warn that Russia could turn to increasingly “unpredictable and drastic” tactics in its war against Ukraine – with the ever-present threat of nuclear war against the West.
  • The bodies of thousands of Russian soldiers were piled up in a heap “as big as a man” to hide the true extent of the casualties, according to an intercepted phone call released by Ukraine’s security services.
  • Czech President Milos Zeman has approved the request for 103 Czechs to join the Ukrainian Armed Forces to help them fight Russian aggression. Czech citizens are generally banned from serving in foreign armies, which is a crime punishable by up to five years in prison.
    A view shows a fire on Zmiinyi (Serpent) Island, Ukraine, in this screenshot from drone video.
Drone footage captures Zmiinyi (Serpent) Island in Ukraine.
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Meanwhile, Ukraine on Wednesday announced plans for its first war crimes trial against a captured Russian soldier.

Ukrainian Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova announced charges against 21-year-old Russian Sergeant Vadin Shyshimarin for allegedly shooting dead a 62-year-old unarmed civilian riding a bicycle in late February, four days after the war began.

Shyshimarin faces up to 15 years in prison under Ukrainian law.

The attorney general’s office said it was investigating more than 10,700 Russian war crimes allegations and had identified more than 600 suspects.

To the east, the Ukrainian natural gas pipeline operator cut off the flow of Russian gas to Western Europe, saying Russian-backed separatist troops in the Donbass were siphoning off supplies. The shutdown is the most drastic impact on the flow of Russian energy to Europe since the start of the war.

With pole wires

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