Ukraine: Separatists in Donetsk reportedly suffered huge losses

DAccording to British experts, pro-Russian separatists from the Donetsk People’s Republic (DLR) in eastern Ukraine have suffered huge losses since the beginning of the war. The troops have lost about 55 percent of their original combat power, according to an update released Wednesday by the British Ministry of Defense. This indicates the extraordinary depletion of Russian and pro-Russian troops in the heavily tested area of ​​Donbas.

According to separatist leader Darja Moroz, 2,128 pro-Russian fighters were killed and 8,897 wounded between the beginning of the year and June 16. British intelligence believes that the separatists are fighting outdated equipment. Crucial to the course of the war on both sides would be the extent to which reserve units could be mobilized, he said.

According to Ukrainian sources, the total losses of Russian and pro-Russian troops now exceed 30,000. This information cannot be independently verified.

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A wealth of information suggests that the top Russian commander of the Ukrainian campaign, Alexander Dvornikov, is to be replaced. This is stated by the independent Institute for the Study of War (ISW) in its daily evaluation with reference to several Russian sources. It would be a new confession by the Kremlin that Moscow remains very dissatisfied with the course of the war.

Dvornikov, who played a central role in the Russian war in Syria, was appointed chief military leader in Ukraine a few weeks ago. The move was then a response to the fact that its predecessors had failed to conquer the capital in the first weeks of the war. Kyiv conquer.

Sources are not yet sufficient to prove Dvornikov’s compensation, ISW said in its daily detailed analysis of developments in Ukraine. A strong rotation in the top ranks of the army is often a clear sign that battles are not proceeding as expected.

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According to ISW, such a rosada is unusual shortly before the victory. The commander of the Russian airborne troops was replaced just a few days ago. According to the ISW, several Russian media reports that Mikhail Teplinsky took the place of Andrei Serdyukov, who was responsible for the heavy losses of the paratroopers at the beginning of the war.

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In the meantime, shortly before the EU’s decision on candidate status for Ukraine, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called for further sanctions against Russia. “Russia must feel growing pressure as a result of the war and its aggressive anti-European policies,” he said in a video message Wednesday night. In talks with several EU Heads of State and Government, he emphasized the need for a seventh sanctions package as soon as possible.

Heavy fighting continued for an important industrial city in eastern Ukraine Sheverodonezk meanwhile on. It is becoming increasingly clear that Russia will not advance directly from Sieverodonetsk across the Donetsk River. Instead, the Russian army is likely to arrive from the south in the rear Lyssytschask to advance and encircle the Ukrainian army in both cities. According to the Ukrainian General Staff, the Russian army recently managed to encircle Ukrainian troops around the cities of Solote and Hirske. It is considered a new important stage in the siege of the large cities of Lysychansk and Sievarodonetsk.

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The current situation in Ukraine

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Russia is apparently trying to invade Ukrainian troops Boriwske and Voronovy block two suburbs of the Sierodonetsk on the east bank of North Donetsk. This emerged from Wednesday’s situation report of the Ukrainian General Staff. The Russians had a village in the same area only on weekends Metjolkin accepted.

According to the situation report, Russian troops are concentrating their offensive efforts in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions in the area between Sieverodonetsk and Bachmut. Another major target of the Russian attack is the metropolitan area around Slovenian and Kramatorsk however, with about half a million inhabitants (before the war), it remains out of reach of ground troops loyal to Moscow. The General Staff said that the Ukrainian positions north of Sloviansk were under artillery fire in preparation for the attack.

Nothing can be found in the situation report on the progress of Ukrainian forces in the south of the country, which President Zelensky spoke about in his night video message. He only says that the Russian army is directing its efforts to prevent an attack by Ukrainians, including air strikes on positions near the village. Bill Crinisia flew.

Bila Krynytsia is located in the Kherson region west of the Inhulets River. This is in line with the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), according to which the Russians may have managed to destroy the Ukrainian bridgehead on the east bank of Inhulet and consolidate their positions in the region.

The area around Kherson is gradually being reconquered

At the same time, the Ukrainian side expressed its conviction that the Russian army could be defeated in other regions as well. Zelensky said in his video that the area around the city was occupied by Russian forces Kherson will be gradually conquered. The Kherson region directly borders the peninsula annexed by Russia in 2014 Cream an.

Zelensky’s economic adviser Alexander Rodnyansky expressed confidence in his country’s victory against the Russian aggressor. “We can win the war,” he told the ARD “Maischberger”. He hopes the counteroffensive may begin in August. Support from abroad helps a lot and also arrives, but it takes a while before the weapons are used. Under no circumstances should one indulge in the illusion of a sustainable peace with Russia. Under President Vladimir Putin, the neighboring country is about imperialism – “and so it will remain.”

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According to Russian information, 70 ships from 16 countries are currently stranded in six ports in Ukraine. According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, they cannot set sail without hindrance due to shelling by Ukrainian forces and the high risk of mines.

On the other hand, Ukraine – one of the world’s largest grain exporters – criticizes Russia for blocking Ukrainian ports by blocking Ukrainian ports, triggering a food crisis. The international community has also been demanding that Russia allow the export of Ukrainian grain for weeks.

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Ukraine complains that its ports in the Black Sea are being blocked by the Russian navy. Both countries are among the largest exporters of wheat and play an important role in global food security. Port in Mariupol in the south of Ukraine, it is now operational again, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense.

The Turkish ship was the first foreign ship to leave the port on Tuesday, the Russian agency Tass wrote. For the ports of Kherson, Mykolaiv, Chornomorsk, Ochakiv, Odessa and Yuzhne have established humanitarian maritime corridors.

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Grain exports could soon move – according to the Kremlin, Turkish officials are due to travel to Moscow next week to negotiate blocked exports, leading to dangerous supply barriers, especially in developing countries. However, such negotiations have already taken place in recent weeks without any result.

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