Rain could benefit Ukraine in battle against Russian troops

SAir raid sirens have been sounding in Lugansk and Zaporizhia in eastern Ukraine since midnight. Earlier, massive explosions were reported from Kyiv, southern Kherson, Kharkiv in the east and Ivano-Frankivsk in the west. Ukrainian media report power cuts in parts of the capital Kyiv.

Meanwhile, the US secret service CIA warns that Russia could use smaller nuclear weapons in the war in Ukraine. Faced with “possible desperation” at a military “reaction”, Russian President Vladimir Putin could order the use of “tactical or short-range nuclear weapons”, CIA Director William Burns said Thursday.

“Obviously we’re very concerned,” Burns said, while pointing out that there was “not much practical evidence” of preparations to use such weapons.

(FILES) In this file photo taken March 8, 2022, CIA Director William Burns testifies during a House Intelligence Committee hearing on ‘Global Threats’, in Washington, DC. – According to a March 31, 2022 CIA statement, “Burns tested positive for COVID-19 after taking a routine PCR test. He is fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19, and has had mild symptoms. He will continue to perform his duties. as Director of the CIA, working from home and planning to return to the office after self-isolating for five days and testing negative for the virus.” (Photo by Stefani Reynolds/AFP)

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Russia has an arsenal of tactical nuclear weapons with yields lower than those of the bombs dropped by the United States on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II.

There is an “escalate to defuse” principle in Russian military doctrine, which calls for a first strike with a low-yield nuclear weapon if Russia falls behind in a conflict with the West. The hope behind this would be that the other side would withdraw after this signal to avoid complete mutual annihilation in a nuclear war with large strategic nuclear bombs.

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After evaluation Kyiv and Western states, a major Russian offensive in eastern Ukraine is imminent after the withdrawal of Russian forces from the greater kyiv region. According to experts, Moscow’s goal is to establish a direct land connection between the annexed 2014 Black Sea Peninsula Crimea and areas controlled by pro-Russian separatists in the regions Luhansk and Donetsk.

Current situation in Ukraine

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But persistent rain in recent days could benefit Ukraine in its fight against invading Russian troops, a senior US Department of Defense official said on Thursday. “The fact that the ground is softer” will make it more difficult for the Russian military “to do anything outside of paved roads,” said the US official, who asked to remain anonymous.

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Russian units concentrated on the cities of Lugansk

Meanwhile, according to Ukrainian information, Russian units are currently mainly trying to capture the towns of Popasna and Rubishne in the Lugansk region in eastern Ukraine. However, they did not succeed, according to the morning military situation report of the Ukrainian General Staff on Friday. kyiv expects a major offensive by Russian units in the east of the country in the coming days.

In less than 24 hours, attacks were repelled in eight places in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions, destroying several Russian tanks and an artillery system, according to the General Staff report. Ukraine has particularly strong troops there, which have held the front line against the separatist republics of Donetsk and Luhansk, controlled and equipped by Moscow, since 2014.

A dog on a deserted street in Severodonetsk, Luhansk region

A dog on a deserted street in Severodonetsk, Luhansk region

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Ukrainian security forces in Severodonetsk in the Luhansk region

Ukrainian security forces in Severodonetsk in the Luhansk region

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At the same time, Moscow has been increasing its troops in the area for several days. The Ukrainian General Staff announced on Thursday that elements of Russian troops previously deployed in the city of Chernihiv, in northern Ukraine, were now stationed around the large city of Sievarodonetsk, which borders Rubyzhne.

If confirmed, it will be the first unit to be withdrawn after fighting in northeastern Ukraine and relocated to eastern Ukraine, wrote the US war research institute Institute for the Study of War (ISW) in its report on Ukraine on Friday evening. The Russian Armed Forces would likely face the challenge of bringing together units from multiple military districts to form a uniformly acting combat force.

About 2,550 people evacuated from disputed areas

Meanwhile, around 2,550 civilians were evacuated from contested areas on Thursday. This was announced by Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Wereshchuk in Kyiv. Around 2,300 people are in the southern Ukrainian city Zaporizhia arrived, including 290 inhabitants Mariupol.

Petro Hrythenko and his mother-in-law Mariia next to the grave of his wife Alla, 63, who died in Termakhivka near kyiv

Petro Hrythenko and his mother-in-law Mariia next to the grave of his wife Alla, 63, who died in Termakhivka near kyiv

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A Ukrainian flag in a destroyed residential complex in Mariupol

A Ukrainian flag in a destroyed residential compound in Mariupol

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During evacuations, Russian units “constantly” broke ceasefires put in place for that purpose, Vereshchuk said. Another 220 people were brought to safety from the Lugansk region in the east of the country.

There as in the adjacent region Donetsk a Russian offensive and heavy fighting are expected in the coming days.

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