Ukrainian forces stand on top of a tank in the city of Lyman, Donetsk province in eastern Ukraine on April 28
According to Reuters, the General Staff of Ukraine said on April 28 that Russia is stepping up the operation military in the east and a number of areas were shelled.
Ukraine also announced that Russia is currently targeting the area near the towns of Slobozhanske and Donets, along a strategic highway connecting Ukraine’s second largest city, Kharkivwith the city of Izyum under Russian control.
Bashaw Kharkiv says Russian forces are concentrating their fire from Izyum, but the Ukrainian army is holding the line.
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CNN quoted a US official as saying that some Russian forces are now leaving the city of Mariupol, which has been besieged by Russia for weeks, and heading northwest towards Zaporizhzhia. The official also said that Russia’s continuous air strikes on the city showed that Mariupol is still not completely under Russian control as Moscow announced a week ago.
The official also said that Russia has now launched more than 1,900 missiles into Ukraine since the beginning of the military operation.
Russia has logistical problems
The official also assessed that Russia’s results in the region Donbass, eastern Ukraine, is “slow and uneven”. This is partly due to Ukraine’s fierce resistance and logistical problems with Russia.
Both sides have gained and lost control of some areas, the official said, adding that Russia now has 92 battalion-level combat groups in Ukraine, up from 85 last week.
However, the official also said that “logistics and force retention challenges” continue to prevent Russian forces from going any deeper “several kilometers because they don’t want to be too far from the logistics group”.
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In addition, Russian forces are still facing “morale and cohesion problems,” especially as they are using conscripts to bolster deployed battalion-level combat groups. to Donbass.
President Biden proposed the US spend 33 billion USD for Ukraine
US President Joe Biden On April 28, he proposed to the National Assembly to provide 33 billion USD for Ukraine. Of that, more than $20 billion will be spent on weapons, ammunition and other military support packages. $8.5 billion will be used to provide direct economic support to the Ukrainian government and $3 billion will be used by Washington for humanitarian aid and food security.
Mr. Biden also wants Congress to pass new legal tools for Washington to support Ukraine. He asked congressmen to grant more powers to the US government. As a result, American officials were able to seize more of the assets of Russian oligarchs and transfer that money to Ukraine.
UN Secretary-General visits Borodianka, Irpin and Bucha
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on April 28 visited a series of towns and villages on the outskirts of Kyiv, where Russian forces are accused of killing civilians, such as Borodianka, Irpin and Irpin. Bucha. This is Guterres’ first visit to Ukraine since Russia began its military campaign.
After visiting towns on the outskirts of Kyiv, Guterres will hold talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Mr. Guterres’ Ukraine trip comes after he met Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on April 26.
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NATO declares long-term support for Ukraine
general secretary NATO Jens Stoltenberg said on April 28 that the alliance was ready to provide long-term support for Ukraine in its conflict with Russia, including helping Kyiv transition from Soviet-era weapons to modern Western weapons and systems.
Stoltenberg also said the West would continue to put pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin through sanctions and economic and military aid to Kyiv to end his military activities in Ukraine.
Russia threatens the West
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on April 28 accused the West of openly calling on Ukraine to attack Russia. Zakharova also warned that Moscow would respond if Russian territory was attacked. Zakharova said that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was being exploited by the West and asked the West to stop testing Russia’s patience, according to the newspaper. The Guardian.
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Earlier, Reuters reported that British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said it was legal for Ukrainian forces to attack Russian logistics forces, but that they could not use British weapons.