Russian forces advancing in Donbas region, but Ukrainian forces are advancing elsewhere, according to its military . British military intelligence published damning report on Russias Donbas operation .
KYIV: A Ukrainian counteroffensive was underway near the Russian-held town of Izium, but Russian forces were advancing elsewhere in the Donbas region, which has become the primary battlefield of conflict in recent months, according to its military.Since Russia launched its invasion on Feb. 24, Ukraine's military has produced a string of victories, notably enforcing Russia's commanders to abandon an attack on Kyiv and then making rapid gains in the northeast in recent week to drive the enemy away from Kharkiv's second-largest city.For what has become known as the Battle of the Donbass, Russian forces have concentrated a lot of their firepower on the east since mid-April.Ukraine's military gave an update on Sunday morning, saying that despite losses, Russian forces are still operating in the Lyman, Sievierodonetsk, Avdiivka, and Kurakhiv areas of the greater Donbass region.Ukrainian forces mounted a counterattack near Izium, a strategic city straddling the Donets river about 120 kilometers (75 miles) southeast on the highway from Kharkiv, according to a regional governor.Governor Oleh Sinegubov said in remarks shared on social media that the Izium direction remains the hottest spot.Our armed forces have shifted to a counteroffensive in the region.The enemy is retreating on some fronts, and this is the result of our armed forces' appearance. Russia reported that it had lost around a third of the ground combat forces deployed in February, and that its offensive in the Donbass had fallen significantly behind schedule and was unlikely to make significant strides in the upcoming 30 days.If Moscow continues to exert pressure on Izium and Russian supply lines, it will be difficult to encircle battle-hardened Ukrainian forces on the eastern front in the Donbass.In a series of strikes on military sites, including in the Donbass, Russia's defence ministry said its troops killed at least 100 Ukrainian nationalists.Reuters was unable to independently verify the data. They aren't halting their efforts, he said.The Ukrainian military said there was no letting up in Russia's bombardment of the steel works in Mariupol, the southern port where a few hundred Ukrainian fighters are keeping out weeks after the city fell into Russian hands.Zelenskiy said that talks were ongoing for a way to evacuate wounded soldiers from Mariupol in exchange for the release of Russian prisoners of war.After nightfall on Saturday, a large convoy of cars and vans carrying refugees from the ruins of Mariupol arrived in the Ukrainian-controlled city of Zaporizhzhia, waiting days for Russian forces to allow them to evacuate. A morale booster for the Eurovision Song Contest On Saturday night, Ukraine celebrated a morale booster that was seen as evidence of the breadth of Ukrainian support across Europe.Our bravery exalts the world, and our music engulfs Europe!After Kalush Orchestra won with their entry Stefania, Ukraine will host the Eurovision song competition next year, Zelenskiy said in an online message.The event is usually held in the following year by Eurovisions champions. According to Zelenskiy, the delegation discussed adding to Russia's restrictions.Russia has been hit by economic sanctions in addition to losing a significant number of men and a lot of military equipment.On Saturday, the Group of Seven industrial powers announced that they would increase economic and political pressure on Russia and supply more missiles to Ukraine.The invasion by Russia, which it describes as a special attempt to dearm Ukraine and shield it from fascists, has rocked European security. Russia's actions in Ukraine had the ultimate goal of preventing the former Soviet republic from joining NATO.Finnish President Sauli Niinisto told Russian President Vladimir Putin that his country, which shares a 1,300-kilometer (800-mile) border with Russia, wants to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to improve its own security.According to the Kremlin, Putin told Niinisto it would be a mistake for Helsinki to abandon its neutrality, saying that it could damage bilateral contacts.Turkey hasn't closed the door to joining NATO but wants talks with them and a crackdown on what it sees as terrorist activities, according to President Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman, referring to Kurds living in the Nordic countries.