Ukraine counter-offensive to retake Kherson going to be a”slow operation to crush the enemy”, said senior presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych. “Of course many would like a full scale offensive with news of our military capturing a settlement in an hour,” he wrote. “But we don’t fight like that… Funds are limited.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said “heavy fighting” continues in “almost the entire territory” of Kherson. A spokeswoman for Ukraine’s Southern Command, Natalia Humeniuk, said Ukrainian forces had managed to damage the bridges that connect Kherson across the river, rendering them “impassable for heavy machinery”.
A Moscow-based ruler of occupied Kherson is said to have fled to Russia. When requested by the Guardian about his location, Kirill Stremousov said that he “is currently traveling through Russian cities, meeting different people for work.”
The former head of Britain’s secret service, MI6, hailed Ukraine’s counterattacks in Kherson, saying it was a key moment in the war. Sir Alex Young told the BBC that Kyiv’s response showed that the two opposing forces had “reached a kind of equilibrium, which is an unexpected and frankly welcome situation”.
Ukraine uses wooden decoys of advanced American rocket systems to trick Russia into wasting its missiles on themaccording The Washington Post. Decoy versions of US-supplied rocket launcher systems have attracted at least 10 Russian Kalibr cruise missiles, prompting Ukraine to further increase production of replicas, in a bid to entice Moscow to fire its expensive long-range missiles on false targets, according to the publication. .
The last Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachevhas died in Moscow at the age of 91. Gorbachev’s reforms led to the unexpected breakup of his own country and the demise of communism throughout central and eastern Europe. He died after a “difficult and prolonged illness”, Russian news agencies said on Tuesday, citing hospital officials. Recent reports suggest he was suffering from kidney disease.
The UN cultural agency said it supports Ukraine’s bid to put its port city of Odessa on the UNESCO list of protected World Heritage sites. The UN agency also said it wanted to add Odessa, Kyiv and Lviv to the list of “in danger” World Heritage sites. Ukrainian officials have said forces from Moscow are approaching Odessa and analysts believe Russia may soon target the city to completely block Ukraine’s access to the Black Sea.
Ukraine’s parliament on Tuesday approved several laws and ratifications to bring the country closer to the European Union, said Volodymyr Zelensky. “We are moving step by step towards full EU membership,” he added.
Zelenskiy met with the UN’s nuclear watchdog who will lead a team of experts to inspect Russia’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine this week. “It’s an important mission, and we’re doing everything we can to make sure it’s safe and running at full capacity,” he said during a meeting with the director general of the International Security Agency. Atomic Energy (IAEA), Rafael Grossi, Tuesday. . The head of the Russian-installed local administration, Yevgeny Balitsky, said he did not expect much from the IAEA visit and told the Interfax news agency that inspectors “must see the work of the station in one day”.
Ukraine has accused Russia of deliberately bombing corridors to make it dangerous for IAEA inspectors to visit the factory. Senior presidential adviser Andriy Yermak said Russia aimed to force the UN team through Crimea and parts of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions temporarily occupied by Moscow forces. “Russia is trying to disrupt the visit of the IAEA mission to the nuclear power plant by simulating combat operations at Energodar and bombarding the area near the nuclear power plant,” he said. Zelenskiy also claimed that Russia “does not stop provocations precisely in the directions from which the mission is supposed to arrive at the station.”
At least five people were killed and 12 injured in the Russian shelling of Kharkiv, Zelensky said. “A single Russian shelling of Kharkiv claimed the lives of five people today, 12 others were injured.”
The wholesale trade the price of gas has fallen sharply in a rare respite from recent highs on signs that Europe prepares to intervene directly in the energy markets. The European Commission said it was working “fully” on a contingency plan and longer-term “structural reform of the electricity market” to combat soaring prices, while efforts to fill the facilities of gas storage appear to be ahead of schedule. The wholesale UK overnight gas price fell more than 20% to 447p per therm on Tuesday, while the month ahead contract fell by a quarter, to 473p per therm.