As Russia continued its months-long assault on Bakhmut, Ukrainian authorities stated assaults 100 miles to the north have escalated. Kupiansk and the encompassing Kharkiv area have been beneath heavy assault, prompting evacuations as Russian forces encroach on Ukraine’s east.
In the meantime, Kyiv renewed its requires extra ammunition and stronger air defenses after Russia killed a number of individuals with strikes from hypersonic missiles final week.
Right here’s the most recent on the warfare and its ripple results throughout the globe.
Defending Ukraine’s ‘freeway of life’ — the final street out of Bakhmut: Because the warfare’s bloodiest battle continues in Bakhmut, virtually all roads have been lower off by Russian troops and fierce combating. Only one viable street out of the embattled japanese metropolis stays, Freeway T0504. The 2-lane freeway is the one route that can be utilized by Ukrainian troopers to evacuate the wounded and the lifeless, write Alex Horton and Anastacia Galouchka.
Maj. Oleksandr Pantsernyi, commander of the twenty fourth Separate Assault Battalion, one of many items liable for defending the hall, stated the street additionally performs a key position in sustaining the combat by enabling the motion of ammunition, water and recent troops eastward.
Ukrainian troopers say Russia’s forces are additionally conscious of the street’s significance and have tried to shred it with artillery and drive their enemy into the mud.