The Russian military operation in Ukraine continues today, Thursday, as Russian army units are trying to extend full control over Ukrainian regions and target the positions of Ukrainian forces and their weapons depots, while Kiev continues to resist the Russian bear and tries to regain the own territory with the military and logistical support of the West.
In the latest developments, i media Russians reported hearing loud explosions in the city of Melitopol, in the Zaporizhia region of southern Ukraine. The pro-Russian authorities in the city confirmed the activation of the air defense systems, noting that there was no threat to the city.
Meanwhile, sources of the media Ukrainians reported that explosions occurred in the cities of Kherson, Mykolaiv and Nikopol in the south of the country.
25 cities are bombed
Yesterday, Wednesday, the Ukrainian general staff reported that battles were taking place in the east and that 25 cities in the east, center and south had been bombed.
AFP correspondents reported major destruction in the village of Belozerka on the southern Kherson front, the regional capital, where Russian forces are strengthening their positions. in preparation for an impending Ukrainian attack.
In Belozerka, Russian forces are shelling from the southern end of the road into the place in which they have holed up since they retired from that city in March.
Russian strikes against infrastructure
And on Monday, Russia launched a series of cruise missile attacks on Kiev and Ukrainian civilian infrastructure, which resulted in the interruption of water and electricity, especially in Kiev.
Yesterday, the Ukrainian Electric Company announced a new electricity rationing, while the mayor of the Ukrainian capital promised to install 1,000 “heating points” for the population by winter.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Russian strikes destroyed 40% of Ukraine’s energy plants, prompting the country to stop exports to the European Union, where prices are skyrocketing.
Possible nuclear attack
Meanwhile, fears of a possible Russian nuclear attack are growing in Ukraine, after the United States on Wednesday expressed “growing concern” about this possibility, according to White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby.
Kirby’s comments follow a New York Times article noting that senior Russian officials recently discussed when and how to use a tactical nuclear weapon. in Ukraine, referring to a bomb weaker than a nuclear bomb.
On Wednesday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said it was “irresponsible” that i media Westerners “deliberately exaggerate the issue of nuclear weapons.”
Another threat came from former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, a senior National Security Council official.
And on Tuesday Medvedev, deputy head of the National Security Council, again touched nuclear weapons, putting in guard Ukraine from trying to recapture all Russian-controlled territory.
Medvedev said Ukraine’s goal of restoring all of its Russian-occupied territories, including the Donbass region and Crimea, would be a “threat to the existence of our state”.
On Wednesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said the “top priority” was to avoid war between nuclear powers that would have “catastrophic consequences”.
Russia accuses Ukraine of preparing to use dirty bombs against Russian forces, but Kiev suspects that Russia may have taken the initiative to blame the attack on Ukraine in an attempt to justify Moscow’s subsequent reliance on nuclear weapons after having recently suffered casualties in eastern and southern Ukraine.
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