Russia and Ukraine prepare for the next big battle in Donbas
The ukrainian troops they claim to have taken the initiative in the eastern region of luhanskwhere have launched 12 locations Y repel Russian attackswhile Russia moves more troops to this province and neighboring Donetsk in preparation for the next big battle in Donbas.
"There are already 12 towns (in Lugansk) under the Ukrainian flag," Sergey Cherevaty, a spokesman for the Ukrainian Armed Forces, said on local television.
According to the source, in Lugansk "the enemy suffers defeats."
The next target, the Donbas
The General Staff of the Ukrainian Army pointed out, for his part, that the Russian troops focus on the defense of the occupied territories and they concentrate forces in some points of the front to undertake offensive actions.
In particular, according to the Ukrainian military, the Russians continue to attack in the direction of Bakhmut and Avdiivka, in the Donetsk region, and defend themselves in Zaporizhia.
For their part, the Pro-Russian authorities in Zaporiya denounce concentration of Ukrainian troops in the area and Ukrainian plans to attack in the south.
According to the pro-Russian politician Vladimir Rogov, the Ukrainian Army is preparing an offensive towards the cities of Berdiansk and Melitopol, with units that it transfers from Kherson, where Ukraine recently recovered part of the region of the same name.
Also kyiv assures Moscow redeploys troops who withdrew before Kherson.
In the opinion of the Ukrainian General Staff, the Russian military is moving to Donbas, where, according to experts, the next big battle between the two sides will be fought.
And it is that both kyiv and Moscow have been highlighting the intensification of enemy attacks in the region for days, where Russia has almost total control over Lugansk, but not Donetsk.
Heavy fighting in Luhansk
precisely in Lugansk the fiercest battles are fought when treating the Ukrainian troops of retake lost territories during spring.
This was reported, in particular, by the Ukrainian governor of Lugansk, Serhiy Gaidai, who assured that despite difficult fighting, Ukrainian soldiers are approaching large cities in the region, such as Rubizhne or Kreminna.
British intelligence also confirmed today the intensification of fighting in Lugansk.
"For the past seven days they have continued heavy artillery exchanges around Svatovein the Luhansk region, in the north-east of Ukraine," the report states.
According to British intelligence, holding Svatove, a major population center in the Luhansk region, is a "political priority" for the Russian leadership.
The newspaper the washington post highlighted, in turn, the presence of "Russian special forces groups" in Svatovethat are mixed with troops made up of newly mobilized soldiers.
The elite soldiers, according to the newspaper, repel the Ukrainian offensive attempts with the support of reconnaissance drones and the experience acquired in previous combats.
At the same time, depending on the medium, Moscow is not in a position now to take the initiative on the front.
On the other hand, Russia and Ukraine once again exchanged accusations of attacks against the largest nuclear power plant in Europelocated in the Ukrainian region of Zaporizhiawhich again ignited the alarms in the international community about the security of this atomic infrastructure.
Thus, the CEO of the Russian state atomic energy company, Rosatom, Alexei Likhachev, warned today of the risk of a nuclear disaster at the plantunder the control of Russian troops since last March, after the new bombardments over the weekend.
"We are informing the international community that the plant is at risk of a nuclear disaster and kyiv clearly believes that a small nuclear incident would be acceptable," Likhachev was quoted as saying by the official TASS news agency.
“However, the radiation will not ask kyiv what kind of incident it wants. It will be a precedent that will change the course of history forever. Therefore, everything possible must be done to ensure that no one can even think of harming the safety of nuclear power plants," Likhachev said.
Ukraine's nuclear agency, Energoatom, in turn pointed to Russian troops as responsible for the attacks.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) denounced yesterday, Sunday, bombardments with impacts very close to the nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine, which it considers "unacceptable"although so far they have not caused critical damage to the safety of the facilities.
The director general of the IAEA, Mariano Grossi, pointed out that both on Saturday night and on Sunday morning there were "strong explosions" in the vicinity of the largest atomic plant in Europe.
“We were lucky that a potentially serious nuclear incident did not occur. Next time, we may not be so lucky," he warned.