Once a day, NU.nl gives you an overview of the situation in Ukraine. With this time, moral problems increased in both the Ukrainian and Russian army. NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg warned of a “year-long war”.
The Ukrainian army is struggling to reclaim territory now controlled by Russia. The British Ministry of Defense considers that both countries suffer from a moral deficiency. It is said that many Ukrainian soldiers have dropped out. Perhaps those so-called fugitives had a hard time keeping motivation and purpose in mind.
Previously, this news was known only about Russian soldiers. The military will have trouble following orders from above. There is uncertainty about the purpose of the war and there are many casualties for the Russians.
President Volodymyr Zelensky repeatedly insisted on the restoration of parts to the east and south. Ukrainian MP Ivana Klimbusch-Tsintsadi is also involved. It says the “continuous flow” of aid to Ukraine is important, with the quality and quantity of weapons essential to the chance of success.
The war could go on for years.
The end of the war in Ukraine is still a long way off, warns NATO chief Stoltenberg. “We must prepare for that it may take years. We must not abandon Ukraine. Even if the costs are high, not only for military support, but also because of high energy and food prices.”
The Secretary-General of NATO said that supplying Ukrainian forces with modern weapons from the West increases the chances of liberating the Donets Basin in eastern Ukraine from Russian occupation.
Almost the entire Luhansk region is in the hands of Russia
The Russians are gaining more and more land in the Donets Basin. According to British intelligence, Russia increased its forces in that region. After new attempts by the army to get to the city of Izyum, they wish to completely conquer Severodonetsk. Zelensky said earlier that the city was already almost entirely in Russian hands.
According to the Ukrainian governor of that region, the Kremlin also deployed additional reserve soldiers to capture Severodonetsk. The Russians already dominate almost the entire city and take control with complete domination of all the cities in the Luhansk region.
A new aid package for Ukraine will be discussed at the end of this month at the NATO Summit in Madrid. NATO chief Stoltenberg said earlier this week that this support should help the country transition from old Soviet-era weapons to modern Western weapons.
Zelensky visits the military in the southern Ukrainian town of Mykolaiv to discuss the current situation.
New attacks on Kyiv and Kharkiv
Repeated Russian missile attacks on the Ukrainian capital Kyiv. The messages arrived via Telegram on Sunday morning.
The Regional Military Administration reported that the Ukrainian army managed to pull the missiles out of the sky without casualties. Because of the air raids, sirens sounded across the city. Residents were called to go to shelters.
Fighting is also escalating in Kharkiv. “Russia is trying to bring Kharkiv into the front line,” a minister said on Ukrainian television. Kharkiv is the second largest city in Ukraine.
A tram station in Kharkiv was bombed.
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