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In Ukraine, the situation “is getting complicated” on the front, according to Volodymyr Zelensky

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The situation “gets complicated” on the ground against Russian troops in Ukraine, which is once again the target of intense bombing, President Volodymyr Zelensky acknowledged on Saturday 5 February.

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“During the 346 days of this war, I often said that the situation on the front lines was difficult. And the situation was getting more complicated”he said in his daily message.

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“Now we are at such a moment again. A moment when the occupier increasingly mobilizes its forces to break through our defence. It is very difficult now in Bakhmout, Vougledar, Lyman and other areas”added the Ukrainian head of state.

“The enemy is regrouping in certain areas. It concentrates its main efforts on conducting offensive operations in the directions of Kupiansk, Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiivka and Novopavlivka”had warned the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense shortly before.

Heavy firing on Avdiivka

In the Donetsk region, artillery fire “massive” targeted Saturday morning Avdiivka, on the eastern front line, after Kramatorsk, another city highly coveted by the Russians, was hit overnight by rockets, Ukrainian authorities reported.

In the past 24 hours, in the southern province of Zaporizhia alone, shells have fallen on “civil infrastructure” located on the territories of 26 localities, according to the same sources. Strikes also continued on Kherson, a major southern city taken and then abandoned by the Russians.

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Ukrainian border guards for their part assured on Saturday that they had repelled a “assault of the invaders” and driving them out of the suburb of Bakhmout after an aerial reconnaissance revealed that “the enemy was preparing to attack” this city at the epicenter of the fighting in Ukraine. They fired mortars “at the place of concentration of the occupants”then have them “forced to retreat”can we read in their press release.

Power cuts in Odessa

“This week, the Russian occupation forces made every effort to break through our defense and encircle Bakhmout and launched a powerful offensive in the Lyman sector. But thanks to the resilience of our soldiers, they failed”summarized the Deputy Minister of Defense Hanna Maliar on Saturday.

For its part, the port city of Odessa suffered major power cuts on Saturday following a technical incident in a power plant, which has constantly been the victim of Russian bombardments in recent times.

In this context, Volodymyr Zelensky welcomed a new exchange of prisoners on Saturday, allowing kyiv to recover 116 soldiers, including two officers. In total, since February 24, the date of the start of the Russian invasion, 1,762 Ukrainians held captive by the Russians have been released, he noted.

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New Western Arms Deliveries

kyiv, which fears a new major Russian attack, is impatiently awaiting the delivery of the weapons promised by the West. On Saturday, Canada shipped the first of its pledged Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine.

Western weapons will not be used for attacks on Russian territory, assured German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in an interview with the weekly “Bild am Sonntag”. There is « consensus » on this point with Volodymyr Zelensky, he said.

kyiv’s allies have taken new steps in military support for Ukraine by pledging to provide heavy tanks and longer-range rockets in particular.

The new US military aid, amounting to 2.2 billion dollars, includes in this regard rockets which could almost double the extent of the field of action of the Ukrainian strike force, according to the Pentagon.

At the same time, Paris announced that France and Italy would provide a medium-range surface-to-air defense system MAMBA in the spring to help Ukraine “defending against attacks by drones, missiles and Russian planes”. As for Portugal, it too is willing to send German-made Leopard 2 heavy tanks to the Ukrainians.

Source : Nouvelobs

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