Overview: Russians pushed back from Kharkiv, residents return


Once a day, NU.nl gives you an overview of the situation in Ukraine. This time: heavy fighting is taking place in eastern Ukraine. The mayor of Kharkiv claims that the Ukrainian army repelled the Russians. According to Ukrainian journalists, the country’s army has advanced north of the city to the Russian border.

Mayor Ihor Terekhov made his statements against the de BBC† According to him, the Russian army managed to capture a small part of Kharkiv only once.

Ukrainian troops also destroyed parts of a Russian armored column as it attempted to cross the Siverskyi Donets River into the country’s Reading. This would emerge from unverified photos and videos released by the Ukrainian army.

Ukrainian journalists report that the Ukrainian army has advanced north from Kharkiv to the nearby Russian border. Photos of Ukrainian journalists believed to be on Ukraine’s northern border with Russia can be seen on social media.

Kharkiv residents return to ‘still dangerous’ city

Governor of Kharkiv region reports that refugee residents of Kharkiv are returning to clean up the devastation in the city. He warns that it can still be dangerous there.

Kharkiv is the second largest city in Ukraine with 1.4 million inhabitants. The city in the northeast of the country is of strategic importance due to its location near the Russian border and the Donets basin. Many pro-Russian separatists live in this region.

A large column from Mariupol is allowed to go to Zaporizhzhia

Ukrainian media reports that a motorcade of 500 to 1,000 cars carrying residents of the southern port city of Mariupol is allowed to proceed to the more northwestern city of Zaporizhzhia. An adviser to the mayor of Mariupol announced it. Residents of the town reportedly waited three days to be allowed to continue their flight from the violence of the war.

Mariupol is of strategic importance to Russia. The Azovstal steelworks is the last bastion of Ukrainian resistance in the port city. On Tuesday, around 100 civilians are still believed to be hiding in the factory from Russian attacks.

Ukrainian authorities reported days earlier that all women, children and elderly people had been evacuated from the Azovstal plant after mediation by the United Nations and the Red Cross. At the time, it was unknown how many of Mariupol’s 400,000 residents still resided elsewhere in the city.

Harsh conditions at the beleaguered Mariupol Steel Plant

A soldier reports from the Azovstal Ironworks CNN that the conditions are difficult. Some six hundred wounded soldiers, some seriously maimed, are said to be receiving insufficient medical treatment at the compound, which has been besieged by Russia for weeks. Doctors would be forced to perform operations without anesthesia due to a lack of medication.

Relatives of soldiers surrounded in the steel plant are screaming, according to CNN Chinese President Xi Jinping to mediate between their relatives and Russia. A few days earlier, they had made a similar request to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Erdogan has offered to evacuate the wounded surrounded by sea. Ukraine is happy with the offer, but Russia has yet to agree.

Ukraine speculates on end date of war

Ukrainian intelligence chief Kirilo Budanov predicts that the war in his country will end in a Russian defeat before the end of the year. He said Friday night in a preview with the UK broadcaster Sky News

This is the most detailed and optimistic forecast from a senior Ukrainian official to date. Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky was more cautious ahead of Budanov’s prediction. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov also said he could not predict how long the war between the two countries will last. BBC

According to Budanov, the war is going so well that by the end of the year Ukraine will regain all conquered territories, including the Crimean Peninsula and the Donets Basin region in eastern Ukraine. The turning point would come in the second half of August.

Russia unhappy with Finland’s rapprochement with NATO

Finland’s ruling Social Democratic Party has turned in favor of NATO membership due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Prime Minister and party chairman Sanna Marin has said.

Finland has long been against joining NATO, but this quickly changed due to aggression from its large neighboring country, including among the population. The country shares a border of about 1,300 kilometers with Russia.

The thirty NATO countries must give the green light to the accession of new members. Turkey initially declared itself unenthusiastic, but now asserts that it is not necessarily opposed to the possible accession of Finland and Sweden.

Finland assumes NATO countries offer protection before membership is formally complete, as Russia “absolutely” views the move as a threat and has warned of military and political consequences. Russian electricity exports were halted this weekend.

President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Marin already endorsed the move on Thursday. Niinisto informed Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday of his intention to join the alliance.

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