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Kyiv: Fighting is approaching the towns of Bakhmut and Soledar in eastern Ukraine

The General Staff in Kyiv announced that the Ukrainian forces repulsed the Russian forces advancing towards the towns of Bakhmut and Soledar in the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine, while Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he was confident of victory in the face of the Russian army.

In detail, it was reported that Russian and separatist forces made some gains in Vershinia, 10 kilometers southeast of Bakhmut, while Ukrainian forces repelled other attacks in the area. Russian attacks north of Sloviansk were also repelled.

Dozens of Ukrainian positions in Solidar in the Donetsk region and in neighboring Kharkiv were subjected to artillery fire and air attack.

The Kyiv government sought to retake parts of the south, including Kherson.

According to the Ukrainian Air Force, more than 20 missiles were fired from Belarusian territory into Ukraine at night, hitting infrastructure in Vyshhorod, north of Kyiv, and the neighboring Chernihiv province.

Russian-backed separatists in Donetsk region said yesterday that four civilians were killed in Ukrainian shelling. A post on the separatists’ Telegram channel said four people had been killed and 11 wounded.

Russian-backed separatists have controlled Donetsk city since 2014. Ukrainian forces still control areas on the outskirts of the city.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said yesterday that he was confident of victory in the face of the Russian army, during the celebration of the new holiday of the celebration of the state entity, which was set for July 28.

Zelensky announced in Kyiv yesterday that the country witnessed a turbulent morning, due to the missile strikes, but said that Ukraine would not surrender. He congratulated the citizens on the first celebration of the new holiday, which was announced alongside Independence Day, which falls on August 24.

“Ukraine is an independent, free and indivisible country,” Zelensky said. And it will remain so forever.” The Ukrainian president published a touching video about the country’s struggle against the Russians. He said the country is fighting for its freedom.

During the war, which is now in its sixth month, Zelensky said, Ukraine has so far lost control of about 20% of its territory. He called for the provision of more heavy weapons from the West, to stop the Russian attacks, and to liberate the lands controlled by Russia.

By declaring a new holiday, set by Zelensky last year, Ukraine also opposes Russian claims that it is not a real state at all, but an artificial entity.

In Istanbul, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said at a press conference yesterday that after the conclusion of a grain export deal last week with Ukraine and Russia, there is a need to focus on a ceasefire between the warring parties.

In Washington, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken reiterated yesterday his condemnation of the Russian war on Ukraine and its repercussions, pointing out that the impact of the sanctions imposed on Moscow will grow and multiply over time.

In a series of tweets, Blinken said: “President (Vladimir) Putin’s war on Ukraine has entered its sixth month this week. The costs continue to rise in the form of unimaginable death and destruction and a global food crisis. All this, because President Putin was determined to invade a country.”

For its part, a US lawmaker told (CNN) that 75,000 Russians were killed or wounded during the war in Ukraine.

Democrat Elisa Slotkin spoke to the network after a classified briefing with officials from the administration of US President Joe Biden.

“We’ve been told that over 75,000 Russians are either killed or wounded, which is huge,” Slotkin said.

In response, the Kremlin described the data published by the United States on Russian dead and wounded in the Ukraine war as “false.”

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said yesterday: “In any case, these are not statements issued by the US administration, but publications in newspapers.


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