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Follow the Russian offensive in Donbass

The Russian offensive continues to focus on the pro-Russian Ukrainian region of Donbas (east), the neighboring Kherson region and in the south of the country, especially in Mariupol, the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces reported on Wednesday.

The Russian invasion forces conduct offensive operations in the eastern operational zone to establish full control over the territory of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, as well as Kherson, and to maintain the land corridor between these territories and Crimea.

Ukraine suspends the transit of part of the gas it transports from Russia to Europe

The company that operates the Ukrainian gas pipeline network announced today that it has stopped the transit of a third of the Russian gas that Europe buys due to actions by the invading Russian forces.

This is the first time that the vital supply of gas from Russia to Europe has been affected by the war in Ukraine since it began last February following the Russian military invasion.

The move could force Russia to divert transit through territory controlled by Ukraine so that it can be delivered to its customers in Europe.

“The occupants’ actions led to the interruption of gas transit through the Sojranivka connection point,” the company, Gtsou, said in a statement.

He added that a “force majeure cause” makes it impossible to continue transporting gas through that point, on the Russian border, and the Novopskov compression station, both in the eastern province of Lugansk in Russian-occupied territory.

Ukrainian counteroffensive in Kharkov

The Ukrainian counteroffensive north of the city of Kharkiv has pushed forces toward the Russian-Ukrainian border, according to the latest report from the US Institute for the Study of War.

Ukrainian forces liberated several towns north of the city and continued to advance north.

Lavrov assured that Russia seeks to thwart in Ukraine the West’s attempts to create a unipolar world

Russia hopes that its military struggle in Ukraine will lead to an end to the West’s attempts to promote a unipolar world dominated by the US, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said today during his visit to Oman.

“We hope, we trust that the Russian operation to achieve all the planned objectives will lead the West to stop (…) trying to promote the unipolar world dominated by the United States and its allies,” he said during a joint press conference with his counterpart. Omani, Badr Al Busaidi.

In addition, he expressed his hope that the West would stop “undermining international law, ignoring and violating the UN statutes, including the principle of sovereign equality of States.”

The United States anticipates a long and unpredictable war

The war in Ukraine could enter a more unpredictable, volatile and bloody phase in the coming months and could extend beyond what now appears to be the Russian intention to control only the Donbass, in eastern Ukraine, according to the director of National Intelligence of USA, Avril Haines.

In an appearance before the US Senate Armed Services Committee, Haines stated that β€œthe uncertain nature of the battle, which is becoming a war of attrition, combined with the reality that Putin faces a mismatch between his ambitions and Russia’s current conventional military capabilities likely means that in the coming months we could move in a more unpredictable direction and a further escalation of violence.”

According to US media, Haines said that it is assessed that “President Putin is preparing for a protracted conflict in Ukraine during which he still intends to achieve greater goals.”

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