Ukraine said yesterday that it had to cede some territory in the east of the country in the face of a Russian attack, and while the Secretary-General of NATO (NATO) said that Moscow should not be allowed to win the war, the US Senate and the Italian parliament approved the accession of Finland and Sweden to the EU. alliance.
In detail, this week, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky described the pressure on his armed forces in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine as “hell”. He spoke of fierce fighting around the town of Avdiivka and the fortified village of Pesky, with Kyiv admitting the “partial success” of Russian forces recently.
Yesterday, the Ukrainian military said that Russian forces launched at least two attacks on Peske, but that its forces managed to repel them.
General Oleksiy Gromov told a press conference that Ukrainian forces had recaptured two villages around the eastern city of Sloviansk, but had retreated to the outskirts of Avdiivka after being forced to abandon a coal mine that is a key defensive position.
The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed its attack. It said its forces inflicted heavy losses on Ukrainian forces around Avdiivka and two other outposts in Donetsk province, forcing the withdrawal of mechanized infantry units in Kyiv.
Video footage released by the Russian Defense Ministry showed Russian rocket launchers during the fighting and tanks advancing and firing missiles at a rapid pace.
Some reports indicate that Russian-backed forces have reached the outskirts of Pesky.
Officials in the Russian-backed Donetsk People’s Republic said that the Ukrainian bombing killed at least five people and wounded six in the city of Donetsk.
Pavlo Kirilenko, the Ukrainian governor of Donetsk, said on Telegram that three civilians were killed in Russian bombing of Bakhmut, Marinka and Shevchenko, and five were wounded in the past 24 hours.
He added that eight people were killed and four wounded in Russian artillery shelling on the town of Toritsk in Donetsk.
Meanwhile, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said yesterday that the war was the most dangerous moment for Europe since World War II, and that Russia should not be allowed to win it.
He said that in order to prevent Moscow from achieving victory, the alliance and its member states may have to support Ukraine with weapons and other assistance for a long time to come.
“It is in our interest that this kind of aggressive policy does not work,” Stoltenberg added in a speech in his native Norway.
Amid concerns among some politicians in the West that Russia’s ambitions may extend beyond Ukraine, Stoltenberg warned Putin that the response to such a move by the Western military alliance would be overwhelming.
“If President Putin thinks, just thinks, of doing something similar to a NATO member as he did in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, NATO will intervene immediately,” Stoltenberg said.
The war prompted Finland and Sweden to seek to join the alliance, as the US Senate and the Italian Parliament yesterday approved the two countries’ accession to the alliance, as the two requests have so far been approved by 23 out of 30 member states.
“This historic vote sends an important signal of the United States’ unwavering, bipartisan commitment to NATO and ensuring our alliance is prepared for the challenges of today and tomorrow,” US President Joe Biden said in a statement.
On the other hand, a spokesman for the Ukrainian Odessa region administration said that a Turkish bulk cargo ship is expected to arrive at the Black Sea port of Chornomorsk on Friday, to be the first ship to reach a Ukrainian port since the Russian war.
“The Turkish ship Ospress, flying the flag of Liberia, is heading from the Dardanelles to the port of Chornomorsk,” spokesman Serhiy Prachuk wrote on Telegram.
“This will be the first ship to reach our ports … since February 24 (say) Ukrainian grain exports,” he added.
In Damascus, the Syrian Ministry of Transport announced that the ship “La Odyssia” arrived yesterday at the port of Tartus to begin unloading its cargo as scheduled, after being detained in the Lebanese port of Tripoli for several days based on the “allegations” made by the Ukrainian ambassador in Beirut.
Dead in Russian bombing of a bus stop in the town of Toritsk.
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