Last Russo-Ukrainian War: What We Know on Day 204 of the Invasion | Ukraine

  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy was involved in a traffic accident in Kyiv, but not seriously injured, his spokesperson said in a Facebook post early Thursday. Serhii Nykyforov, who did not say when the crash happened, said Zelenskiy’s car collided with a private vehicle. “The president was examined by a doctor, no serious injuries were found,” he said, adding that the accident would be investigated. Doctors accompanying Zelenskiy provided emergency assistance to the driver of the private car and put him in an ambulance, he said.

  • In his nightly televised address, video of which was released shortly after the crash, Zelenskiy said he had just returned from the Kharkiv region., adding that “almost the whole region is unoccupied” after a lightning counter-offensive to dislodge Russian troops. “It was an unprecedented move by our soldiers – the Ukrainians once again managed to do what many thought was impossible,” he said. After visiting the liberated city of Izium, Zelenskiy said Ukrainian troops had recaptured around 8,000 km2 (3,100 sq mi) of territory.

  • Ukraine’s Defense Ministry has discovered what its officials believe is a ‘torture chamber’ used by Russian troops to hold Ukrainian prisoners in the city of Balaklia. While some residents of Balakliia told the Guardian they had little interaction with Russian forces, who mostly remained on the outskirts of town, and did not experience the scenes of torture and execution seen Elsewhere in the country, Serhiy Bolvinov, head of the Kharkiv region national police investigation department, said 40 people had been arrested during the occupation. A resident told the BBC he had been detained by Russians at the town’s police station for more than 40 days and had been tortured with electric shocks.

  • Germany delivered four more Gepard anti-aircraft guns and 65 refrigerators to Ukraine, the German government announced on Wednesday. The four additional units bring the total number of Gepard units supplied by Germany to Ukraine to 24.

  • Kremlin sources “are now working to clear [Russia’s President Vladimir] Putin of any responsibility for the defeat, instead blaming the loss of almost all of occupied Kharkiv Oblast on underinformed military advisers,” according to the Institute for the Study of War. In a statement reported by CNBC, the institute said that “Kremlin officials and state media propagandists are discussing in depth the reasons for the Russian defeat in Kharkiv Oblast, a marked departure from their model. precedent for reporting on Russian hits exaggerated or fabricated with limited detail”. .

  • The prospects for peace in Ukraine are currently “minimal”, the UN secretary general said on Wednesday after a telephone conversation with Vladimir Putin. “I have the feeling that we are still far from peace. I would be lying if I said it could happen soon,” said António Guterres, adding, “I have no illusions; at present, the chances of a peace agreement are slim. Even a ceasefire was “not in sight”, he said.

  • Putin still thinks he was right to launch an invasion of Ukraine, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has said. Wednesday after a 90-minute phone call with the Russian president. “Unfortunately, I cannot tell you that the impression has developed that it was a mistake to start this war,” Scholz said at a press briefing.

  • Eight Russian missiles that hit Kryvyi Rih on Wednesday targeted hydraulic structures, causing enough damage that the water level of the Inhulets River rose and posed a serious threat to the city. This aligns with Ukraine’s concerns that Russia will continue to target Ukraine’s infrastructure in retaliation for its success in regaining occupied territory. Kryvyi Rih is the birthplace of Zelenskiy.

  • Russian troops are back in the Kreminna, a town in the Russian-occupied Lugansk region that was “completely empty” yesterday, said Serhiy Hadai, the region’s governor, and tore down Ukrainian flags that local supporters had raised in celebration. A similar situation happened in Svatove yesterday – Russian troops left but returned after a while, Hadai said. Russian troops also left Starobilsk, another town in the Luhansk region.

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