“Russian forces have most likely advanced into the center of Bakhmut city and captured the western bank of the Bakhmutka River. Ukraine’s key supply route west of the city is likely to be under severe threat.” The British Ministry of Defense writes it on Twitter, in its daily update on the Russo-Ukrainian war. “Russian regular forces, possibly including airborne troops, have strengthened the area and Russia is again using artillery more effectively in the sector – adds London intelligence – There is a realistic possibility that, at the level local, the commanders of the Russian Defense Ministry and Wagner have ceased their feud and improved their cooperation”.
3 DEAD AND 17 WOUNDED IN RUSSIAN ATTACKS
Russian troops have carried out attacks against nine Ukrainian regions in the past 24 hours, in which 3 civilians were killed and 17 others were injured. This was reported by the Defense Ministry of Kiev. Russian attacks were reported in Donetsk, Kherson, Chernihiv, Kharkiv, Sumy, Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhzhia, Mykolaiv and Luhansk regions.
According to the report, Russia has struck a total of 114 settlements using mortars, tanks, artillery, S-300 missiles, multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS), drones and tactical aviation. 32 infrastructures were also affected.
CRIMEA? ZELENSKY WILL DECIDE
It is up to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to decide if and when to negotiate with Russia and about what. White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said: “President Zelensky can determine if and when he is ready to negotiate and in what context and on what,” he said in response to a question about an article in the Financial Times which quoted Andrii Sybiha, deputy head of the Ukrainian president’s office, as saying that Ukraine might be willing to negotiate on Crimea. “We believe that nothing should be negotiated about Ukraine without Ukraine. Nothing should be done, said or pursued without President Zelensky’s full approval,” Kirby added.