Update on the war in Ukraine
at 48me On the day of the Russian invasion, the Ukrainian army and its Western allies are still waiting for a major offensive by Russian troops in the east to take control of Donbass. According to the French general staff, it could start ” in a few days “. “Russia could launch a major offensive to conquer the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, or even go as far as [fleuve] Dnieper, if its capabilities allow, and complete the reduction of the last resistance in Mariupol”a spokesman told reporters.
A US military official added: in a press conference broadcast by the media Foreign policythat Russian bombing raids and air sorties had decreased in recent days “while Russian troops are still positioning themselves for the Battle of Donbass”.
A Marioupol. According to Moscow, more than a thousand Ukrainian soldiers have visited the besieged strategic port for more than a month. The Ukrainians did not deny, but make sure that the city has not fallen and that there are still pockets of resistance in the Azovstal metallurgical complex, where the last Ukrainian troops are entrenched., for some, hidden in a network of tunnels. Vadym Boïtchenko, mayor of the city, says that 180,000 civilians are still waiting to be evacuated from the conurbation and surrounding towns. On Tuesday, he had put forward a death toll of at least 20,000 since the start of the war.
In the East. The Ukrainian authorities have asked the population of these regions to flee as soon as possible. No humanitarian corridor could be opened on Wednesday, the Ukrainians accused the Russians of “violating the ceasefire” in the Luhansk region. The leader of one of the two. “republics” unilaterally proclaimed pro-Russians, Leonid Passetchnik, claimed that his soldiers now controlled “80 to 90%” of this region. According to him, the Ukrainian army is now only present in the cities of Kremennaya, Rubizhne, Sievierodonetsk, Lissitchansk and, to a lesser extent, Popasnaya.
kyiv and the North. Around the capital as elsewhere, Ukrainian authorities say they continue to find bodies every day in areas Russian forces withdrew from in late March, particularly in Boutcha and Borodianka. The Russian Defense Ministry has warned that if Ukrainian attacks on Russian territory continue, “ the russian army will carry out attacks on decision-making centers, including in kyiv”. In the Kharkiv region (northeast), seven people have died and 22 others have been injured in Russian bombing in the last twenty-four hours, according to the regional governor.
The difficult balance. The figures provided by the UN are taken, as in other wars, as a reference for civilian casualties: the provisional assessment is “4,450 civilian victims in the country: 1,892 dead and 2,558 wounded” since February 24, but the UN says “I think the real numbers are much higher”. The UN has announced a change in methodology and that the next evaluations should be closer to reality. As for military losses, each side regularly gives the number of enemy soldiers killed. As for their own losses, they are more discreet. Russia said on March 25 that it had lost 1,351 soldiers. Ukraine admits to losing soldiers in the fighting, but has not published specific figures.