Kyiv: Ukraine’s military claimed on Saturday that Russia is withdrawing its troops from Kharkiv, its second largest city. At the same time, Ukraine said that Russia was now focusing on occupying the eastern sector. are. He said that the Russian army has launched mortars, artillery as well as air strikes in the eastern area of Donetsk to ‘target Ukrainian soldiers and destroy their barricades.’ Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said, ‘‘Ukraine is entering a new era of protracted war.’’
Russian soldiers’ war crimes trial begins
Ukraine’s top prosecutor has opened war crimes trial against Russian soldiers, in which dozens of soldiers could face trial. Meanwhile, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Ukrainians are at their ‘maximum’. Efforts are being made to remove the invaders. He also said that the outcome of the war would depend on the cooperation of Europe and other partners. Meanwhile, Zelensky said in a video address late Friday, ‘‘ No one can predict how long this war will last.’’
The fierce fighting continues in the Donbass
Ukraine is aggressive in the Donbass. This is the eastern industrial area of Ukraine. Village-to-village fighting is taking place in these areas and both the sides do not seem to be getting any major success. After failing to capture Ukraine’s capital Kyiv, Russian forces decided to focus on the Donbass region. But even here, it is finding it difficult to make a ground lead.
Zelensky claimed that the Ukrainian army had gained an edge and captured six Ukrainian towns or villages in the past day. Western (country) officials said that Ukraine had pushed Russian troops back from Kharkiv, which was an important target of Moscow. A Western official said, ‘‘Russian troops have not made any major strategic advances recently.’’