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In Connection with Successful Offensive of Ukraine’s Armed Forces, Occupiers Use Local Population as ‘Human Shield’

Children in war in Ukraine

The 198th day of the heroic resistance of the Ukrainian people to a Russian military invasion continues.

According to the General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces, over the past 24 hours, the enemy carried out 45 air and five missile strikes, in particular on the settlements of Kostyantynivka, Tsyrkuny, Radushne, and Kharkiv. There are victims among the civilian population.

In the Volyn and Polissya directions, on the territory of Belarus, military exercises have begun, during which it is planned to work out the issue of “liberation of captured territories.” The threat of missile and air strikes on the territory of Ukraine from the Republic of Belarus remains.

In connection with the offensive of our troops, in some areas of the Kherson region, units of the armed forces of the Russian Federation are switching to tactics of terrorist actions against local civilians. Thus, according to available information, in the settlement of Velyka Oleksandrivka, the occupiers are using the local population as a “human shield.” The village is closed for entry and exit.

Units of the Defence Forces heroically hold their positions and prevent the enemy from advancing. Our defenders successfully repelled the enemy’s offensive in the areas of Udy, Kostyantynivka, Virnopillya, Ploske, Mayorsk, Bezimenne, and Kamyanka.

Defence forces are conducting a successful counteroffensive in the Kharkiv direction. Thanks to skillful and coordinated actions, the Armed Forces of Ukraine, with the support of the local population, advanced almost 50 km in three days. According to intelligence, some enemy units suffered significant losses. The occupiers are trying to evacuate wounded personnel and damaged military equipment to the areas of the Vilkhuvatka and Borodoyarske settlements. Personnel of the occupying forces in civilian clothes resort to desertion and try to return to the territory of the Russian Federation. So, during the day, more than 15 such cases were noted.

Missile troops and artillery of our land groupings continue to perform tasks of counter-battery combat, disruption of the command and control system and logistical support, and damage to the enemy’s manpower and combat equipment.

During the past day, in order to support the actions of land groupings, the Air Force of the Defence Forces carried out more than 20 strikes, two platoon strongholds, 15 areas of concentration of manpower and military equipment, and three anti-aircraft missile systems were hit. Four UAVs and a Ka-52 helicopter were destroyed. Enemy manpower losses are clarified.

Natalia Tolub

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