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The day of the war at a glance: Ukraine: supply route successfully disrupted – London sees Russians weakened in Cherson

The day of the war at a glance
Ukraine: Supply route successfully disrupted – London sees Russians weakened in Cherson

Ukraine reports success in destroying important supply routes of the Russian occupying forces in the south of the country. The tactic is also having an effect, according to British intelligence services. Meanwhile, the heavy shelling of Russia, especially in the Donbass, continues. The Ukrainian nuclear power plant at Zaporizhia is said to have again become the target of attacks – but the question remains as to who is responsible. Meanwhile, Ukrainian Defense Minister Olekxiy Reznikov is calling on the US and other Western countries to help prosecute Russian war crimes. The 171st day of the war at a glance.

Ukraine: Road bridge from Dnipro dam impassable

In the south of Ukraine, the car bridge of the Nowa Kakhovka dam in the Cherson region is no longer passable, according to Ukrainian information as a result of several attacks. The Ukrainian Army Command South announced on Facebook that the bridge had been deliberately rendered unusable by rocket and artillery units. The administration of the Russian occupiers confirmed the shelling. At the same time, she warned of damage to the dam wall, which could lead to a catastrophe. The information cannot be checked independently.

According to the operators, the output of the connected hydroelectric power station has been reduced to emergency operation. “We are working in a very dangerous mode,” said the power plant’s deputy chief Arseny Zelensky, according to the Russian state news agency TASS. The state television channel RT reported regular shelling of the bridge over the ship canal and the dam itself.

London sees Russian position weakened

According to British secret services, the Russian position in the occupied Cherson in southern Ukraine has been significantly weakened by the counterattacks by Ukraine on strategically important river crossings. The British Ministry of Defense said it was no longer possible to transport significant military equipment to the Russian-occupied areas west of the river via the two main road bridges over the Dnipro.

On the important Antonivka Bridge, the Russians have only been able to repair superficially in the past few days, according to assessments from London. The other important bridge has become impassable for heavy military vehicles due to Ukrainian attacks with precision weapons in the past few days. Even after further repairs, the bridges would likely remain a weak point for the Russian military. The supplies and supplies for thousands of Russian troops on the west side of the Dnipro depend on two temporary ferry connections.

Ukraine reports new rocket attacks in south and east

The Ukrainian military reported on Saturday new heavy Russian rocket attacks in the east of the country. The city and the region of Kharkov were heavily shelled, the Ukrainian authorities said. Three people, including a 13-year-old boy, were injured in the Kharkiv region and taken to the hospital, it said. According to the authorities, the city of Kramatorsk in the Donbass was also shelled on Friday evening. At least two civilians were killed and 13 injured. The Donbass continued to be the main battlefield.

In its situation report, the Ministry of Defense in Moscow confirmed the rocket and artillery fire in the Kharkiv and Cherson regions, among other places. The focus was therefore still on the Donetsk region, which is to be completely wrested from Ukrainian control as Moscow’s next target in the course of the Russian war of aggression. The Donetsk suburb of Pisky in the northwest of the city has now been taken, it said. The Ukrainian military, meanwhile, contradicted the Russian statements about the alleged conquest of the village. Fierce fighting continued there, the Ukrainian General Staff said.

Reports of new attacks on Zaporizhia NPP

The Ukrainian nuclear power plant Zaporizhia is said to have become the target of attacks again. Ukraine and Russia again blamed each other for attacks. In the Zaporizhia region, authorities warned against taking to the streets because Russian troops would fire in the direction of the nuclear power plant. The information cannot be independently verified.

Five Russian rockets fell on Friday evening in the regional capital of Zaporizhia, which is about 45 kilometers from the nuclear power plant as the crow flies. The infrastructure buildings were destroyed, said Governor Olexander Staruch. At least one woman was injured. The sixth largest city in Ukraine is in Ukrainian hands. However, the southern part of the Zaporizhia region is occupied by the Russians.

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has called for the immediate withdrawal of Russian troops from the occupied Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine. The nuclear power plant should not be drawn into military conflicts, Borrell wrote on Twitter. He supports calls for demilitarization of the area and urges experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to visit. The international community is concerned because Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, which has been occupied by Russian troops since March, has been shot at several times. Ukraine and Russia each see responsibility as being on the other side.

Kyiv wants to press ahead with the prosecution of Russian war crimes

Defense Minister Reznikov meanwhile sent a request for help in prosecuting the crimes via the Foreign Ministry in Kyiv to the Ukraine contact group, which includes Germany and Great Britain in addition to the USA. An international coalition must be formed to pursue the bloody deeds, the minister stressed. Resnikov also referred in particular to the fate of Ukrainian prisoners of war, who were killed and tortured en masse in Russian custody. “I have no doubt that after Ukraine’s victory in this war, one way or another, we will track down everyone involved in the barbaric killings and torture,” Reznikov said. Not only the perpetrators themselves were to be punished, but those who gave the orders and those who justified such crimes.

Amnesty announces review of its Ukraine report

After severe criticism of its report on the Ukrainian army’s conduct of the war, the human rights organization Amnesty International wants to review the process of its creation. A thorough examination of the process will be carried out by external experts, according to a statement by the organization made available to the German Press Agency on Saturday. In the report, Amnesty International accused the Ukrainian army of entrenching itself in residential areas, thereby unnecessarily endangering civilians. Kyiv criticized that the non-governmental organization had operated a perpetrator-victim reversal by focusing on misconduct by the army of the attacked country. Critics also partially questioned the report’s methodology.

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