Kyiv, Ukraine — The latest attack by Russian forces in Ukraine has focused on the eastern Donetsk region, targeting civilian and military sites in several towns, the Ukrainian military said on Monday.
The Russian military also continued air and artillery fire around the Azovstal factory in Mariupol, the Ukrainian army’s last line of defense in the strategic city, the Ukrainian Armed Forces General Staff said.
In the Donetsk region, it said Russian forces used a range of weapons against Ukrainian military fortresses and troops, and fired on civilian infrastructure in the towns of Dovgenk, Ruski Tyshki, Ternova and Petrivka.
Near Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv, Russian troops are now concentrating on “maintaining positions and preventing our troops from advancing towards the border.” The Ukrainian military released a video on Sunday night showing its troops on the border in the Kharkiv region.
The Ukrainian daily did not detail specific gains or losses. With strict travel restrictions imposed on both sides and the danger of frequent airstrikes and shelling in the area, it is difficult to get a full picture of the fighting in the east.
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LONDON – British military authorities say the presence of Belarusian troops on the border could force Ukrainian troops to stay in the area rather than support operations in the eastern Donbass.
Belarus, a close ally of Russia, said last week that it planned to send special operations forces to three areas near the Ukrainian border as it complained about the build-up of NATO forces in the area. The British Ministry of Defence said in an intelligence briefing released on Monday that Belarus had also deployed anti-aircraft, artillery and missile units at training grounds in western Belarus.
Although Belarus was used as a staging ground for Russian attacks on the cities of Kyiv and Chernihiv, the Belarusian army was not directly involved in the invasion of Ukraine, the ministry said. Russia has also launched aircraft and missiles from Belarusian territory.
Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko “is likely to strike a balance between supporting Russian aggression and avoiding direct military involvement with the risk of Western sanctions, Ukrainian retaliation and possible dissatisfaction with the Belarusian army,” British authorities said.
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