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He said Russia “stomped on the spot” for the past 24 hours in Ukraine

He said Russia has been standing still for the past 24 hours in Ukraine - Photo 1.

A building in Chernihiv was hit by a Russian bomb on April 22. AP photo.

In recent times, Russia has shifted its offensive from the Northern and Central Ukraine regions to the East. On April 22, Moscow revealed for the first time its purpose of “total control” of southern Ukraine as well as the Donbas region.

Olena Symoneko, deputy head of the Office of the President of Russia, said in a statement late on the evening of April 21 that Russia had taken control of 42 residential areas in the Donetsk region.

However, a British Ministry of Defense report said that “the Russian air force and navy have not made any significant progress in the past 24 hours due to the effective resistance of Ukrainian forces”.

In addition, despite Moscow’s announcement of the “liberation” of the strategic port city of Mariupol, “heavy fighting continues to slow down Russia’s expected progress in the Donbas,” British report said. added.

In Mariupol, the Russian military “continues to surround” Ukrainian units in the area of ​​the Azovstal steel plant, the last remaining stronghold, and “conducts air strikes on the city, using long-range aircraft. far”.

Oleh Syniehubov, head of the Kharkiv regional military government, said Russian forces continued to “open fire on Kharkiv’s civilian infrastructure” on April 23. According to Syniehubov, on April 22, there were at least 56 attacks, leaving 19 people injured and one dead. The local government decided to introduce a curfew from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next day.

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