Oleksiy Arestovychoa senior adviser to the Ukrainian presidentdescribed the counteroffensive as a “planned slow operation to crush the enemy””. In an update on his official Telegram account, Arestovych said: “We don’t fight bragging rights and high-profile phrases like an enemy. We’re fighting for a case. And this thing takes time and effort. Therefore be patient.”
Kiev’s forces have breached Russian defenses in several sectors of the frontline near the city of Kherson, claimed a senior advisor to Zelenskiy. Oleksiy Arestovych said Ukrainian forces also shelled the ferries in the Kherson region that Moscow uses to supply the Russian-occupied area on the western bank of the Dnieper River. A separate Ukrainian military source told CNN that his forces recaptured four villages near the city of Kherson after breaking through the frontline in three places, with Kherson as the main target. The operation began with heavy shelling on Russian positions and the rear, forcing them to flee, the source said.
Ukrainian troops have increased artillery fire in the south, according to British intelligence. Several brigades of the Ukrainian armed forces increased the weight of artillery fire in frontline sectors in southern Ukraine early Monday, the British Ministry of Defense said in its latest report. Ukrainian long-range precision strikes also continue to disrupt Russian supplies.
A Ukrainian barrage of rockets left the Russian-occupied city of Nova Kakhovka in the Kherson region without water or power, officials of the Russian-appointed local government told Russia’s RIA news agency. The city is located just east of the city of Kherson.
A team of inspectors from the UN nuclear watchdog arrived in Kiev on Monday evening en route to the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant. plant in the south of Ukraine. The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Grossi, said a team will visit the plant from Wednesday to Saturday. “We must protect the safety and security of Ukraine’s and Europe’s largest nuclear facility,” Grossi tweeted. Rockets and grenades often hit areas around the power station and nearby towns, raising concerns that it may be too dangerous to continue the mission. The Kremlin said the IAEA mission was “necessary” but has ruled out leaving the site.
Germany and France have issued a joint warning against a ban on tourist visas for Russians, saying such a move would be counterproductive, Reuters reports. The divisions over tourist visas will be at the center of a meeting of the bloc’s foreign ministers in Prague on Tuesday and Wednesday, where they will discuss further steps to take to impose sanctions on Russia for its six-month-old invasion of Ukraine. . Defense ministers meeting in Prague are likely to agree in principle on the less controversial move to organize joint military training missions for Ukrainian troops.
Russia’s Gazprom has informed Engie it is reducing its gas supplies due to a disagreement between the parties over contracts, raising concerns over energy supply, the French utility said.
At least four people were killed and four injured in Russian shelling of Kharkivsaid the regional governor. Oleh Synehubov wrote on the Telegram messaging app: “As a result of the shelling of the central part of Kharkiv, at least 4 people have been killed and 4 more were injured.”
The European Union’s defense ministers will pave the way for the establishment of an EU training mission for Ukrainian armed forces, the bloc’s top diplomat Josep Borrell said. Reuters reports that Borrell said: “The situation on the ground remains very bad. Ukraine needs our support and we will continue to give it. A general, general political agreement (on the training mission) is what I think we need to get today… I hope we get a political green light for this mission.”
According to a senior US government official, Russia has suffered “countless failures” with Iranian-made drones purchased from Tehran this month for use in its war with Ukraine. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the US understood that Russia had received shipments of Mohajer-6 and Shahed series unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) over several days this month. The official said it is likely part of a Russian plan to purchase hundreds of such vehicles, Reuters reports.
Russian troops killed two people and wounded four others in Donetsk, the region’s governor said on Telegram. Pavlo Kyrylenko said the two people were killed in Rozdolne and Pivnichne.
Russia struggles to find more soldiers to fight in Ukraine and has expanded recruitment efforts by abolishing age limits and tapping into prisons. “Many of these new recruits have been seen as older, unfit and poorly educated,” a Pentagon official told reporters Monday. Russian President Vladimir Putin last week ordered his army to increase by about 10% to 1.15 million from January next year.