Russian forces retreat into annexed territories | War in Ukraine
The annexation referendums to Russia did not lessen the danger to civilians. Evidenced by this image of a Russian missile lying in the garden of a house in the Donetsk region, after a strike carried out on Tuesday morning.
Ukrainian forces are continuing their inroads into areas illegally annexed by Russia, consolidating their advances in the east and advancing towards the southern city of Kherson.
The head of the Russian occupation in Kherson, Vladimir Saldo, confirmed the progress of the Ukrainian army, notably conceding the loss of the village of Dudchany, located along the Dnieper River.
The Russian Ministry of Defense admitted that Ukrainian military tanks dug a deep ditch south of Zolota Balka, a village that marked the previous front line.
According to the Reuters news agency, the Ukrainian advance aims to cut the supply lines of nearly 25,000 Russian soldiers on the western bank of the Dnieper.
kyiv is discreet about the progress made in the south of the country. In his evening address on Monday, President Volodymyr Zelensky contented himself with affirming that new localities have been liberated in several regions.
“ More and more occupiers seek to flee, more and more casualties are inflicted on the enemy army.
—Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine
Newly mobilized reservists take part in shooting training in Rostov region, Russia.
Moscow, however, ensures that reinforcements are on the horizon. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that 200,000 Russians have been mobilized since the announcement of a partial mobilization on September 21 to fight in Ukraine.
This initiative, dictated by Vladimir Putin, should make it possible to recruit 300,000 reservists with military experience or useful skills.
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Meanwhile, in the East, Ukrainian forces continue their advance in the Luhansk region, one of the four regions annexed by Moscow last week, after referendum exercises condemned by kyiv and the West.
Reports indicate that the Ukrainians are moving towards the Russian-held towns of Kreminna and Svatove. Pro-Kremlin military bloggers reported that Russian soldiers were ordered to retreat.
On Saturday, Moscow suffered a major setback when kyiv announced the recapture of the town of Lyman, which served as a logistics base for Russian military operations in the Donetsk region. This region, like those of Kherson, Luhansk and Zaporizhia, was unilaterally annexed by Moscow last week.
However, the Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said on Monday that Moscow had still not delineated the borders of the newly annexed territories.
While he indicated that the Luhansk and Donetsk regions are now part of Russia in their entirety, he added that consultations are underway to determine the exact borders of the Kherson and Zaporizhia regions.
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Members of the Federation Council, the upper house of the Russian parliament, have approved the bill to annex four Ukrainian territories.
Despite these uncertainties, the Upper House of the Russian Parliament followed suit in the Duma and gave the green light to the annexation of these four regions on Tuesday, although none of them is entirely under Russian occupation. The bill must now be signed by President Vladimir Putin, a mere formality.
Faced with this attempt to annex territories by Russia, his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, signed a decree formalizing the impossibility of negotiating with Vladimir Putin, while leaving the door open to talks with Russia.
The text thus formalizes the remarks that the Ukrainian president held last Friday, when he said he was ready for dialogue with a Russian government led by a president other than Vladimir Putin.
kyiv has vowed to take back all territories annexed by the Russia, including Crimea, seized by Russian troops in 2014.
With information from Reuters, Agence France-Presse, BBC, and New York Times