UPDATE ON THE SITUATION – Last week, kyiv said it had taken positions on the left bank of the Dnieper, while reporting “violent fighting” and “strong resistance” from Russia.
Ukrainian operations pushed back near the Dnieper, the president of the European Council in Kiev, the head of German Defense reaffirms Berlin’s support for Ukraine, a Ukrainian hospital hit by a Russian barrage in the night according to Kiev.. . Le Figaro takes stock of the situation in Ukraine.
Moscow says it has repulsed “all Ukrainian operations” near the Dnieper
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu assured Tuesday that his army was pushing back “all Ukrainian landing operations» on the occupied bank of the Dnieper River in southern Ukraine, where kyiv recently announced advances.
“All attempts by the Armed Forces of Ukraine to carry out a landing operation in the Kherson direction failed», Said the minister, in reference to the name of the southern region of Ukraine where the Dnieper constitutes the front line. kyiv launched a much-anticipated counter-offensive in June which failed, allowing the Ukrainian army to recapture only a handful of villages in the south and east.
But last week, Ukraine said it had taken up positions on the left bank of the Dnieper, while reporting “violent fighting» and a “high resistance» Russian. On Sunday, a spokesperson for the Ukrainian army, Natalia Gumenyuk, claimed to have repelled the Russian army “from 3 to 8 km» deep in this area. If this advance is confirmed, it will be the biggest push by the Ukrainian army against the Russians in several months.
Charles Michel in kyiv for ten years of the Maidan uprising
The President of the European Council Charles Michel announced on Tuesday that he had arrived in kyiv to mark ten years of the historic pro-European Maidan uprising.
“Glad to be back in kyiv, among my friends», he wrote on X (formerly Twitter). Just before his arrival, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky estimated that the Maidan revolution, named after the central square in kyiv where protesters gathered, was the “first victory» in the war against the Russian invader.
In kyiv, the head of German Defense reaffirms Berlin’s support
German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius arrived in kyiv on Tuesday, November 21, for a surprise visit to reaffirm Berlin’s support for Ukraine in its fight against the Russian army.
Second supplier of military assistance to Ukraine after the United States, Germany seeks to reassure after Kiev expressed concern about the future of support from its allies, mobilized by the outbreak of war in the Middle East. East. “I am here again, first to pledge further support, but also to express our solidarity and deep connections, and our admiration for the courageous, brave and costly fight being waged here“, said Boris Pistorius as he laid flowers on Maidan Square in central kyiv.
Boris Pistorius arrived by train and was due to meet with his Ukrainian counterpart as well as President Volodymyr Zelensky. The visit comes after an intensification of Russian air attacks on Ukraine and as kyiv prepares for increased strikes on the country’s energy facilities over the winter. This is Boris Pistorius’ second visit to Kiev since he became Defense Minister at the start of the year, and it comes the day after a trip to Ukraine, also unannounced, from US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin. In addition to the wreath-laying ceremony on Maidan Square, where thousands of people demonstrated for weeks ten years ago to demand democratic reforms, Boris Pistorius was to visit a military training center.
Ukrainian hospital hit by Russian barrage overnight, says kyiv
A hospital, a mining building and other civilian infrastructure were damaged by a Russian drone and missile attack in eastern Ukraine, the Ukrainian army said on Tuesday (November 21). “The central hospital of the town of Selydove in the region Donetsk the Kotlyarevska mine building and other civilian infrastructure were destroyed and damaged“, the Ukrainian Air Force said in a statement, without specifying whether there were any casualties or whether the hospital was still operating. She said Russian forces had launched four guided missiles, one cruise missile and eleven attack drones, specifying that they had destroyed this cruise missile and ten drones.
Last week, at least four people were killed in the city after Moscow bombed a residential building. Ukraine has already said it is preparing for an increase in Russian attacks, particularly on energy installations, with the arrival of subzero temperatures.
Last year, Russian strikes on the country’s energy infrastructure left thousands of people in the cold and darkness for extended periods. kyiv has since received more air defense systems from its allies. The Kremlin said at the time that Ukraine’s leaders were responsible for the civilian suffering linked to the long power outages because Kiev refused to accept conditions set by Moscow to end the conflict.
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