The military situation in Ukraine today: the Russians target military airports and threaten Western weapons convoys

Of Andrea Marinelli

The advance of Putin’s men in Ukraine can be quantified in kilometers – the few traveled by the column moving over Kiev – and in bombs, those that continue to fall in the country’s main cities.

Putin’s military advance in Ukraine can be quantified in kilometers – the few traveled by the column moving over Kiev – and in bombs, those that continue to fall in the country’s main cities. The Russians arrived 25 kilometers from the capitala small step forward after last week’s traffic jam, but the main goal of the Kremlin hit for now mainly by missiles. After dropping bombs on the airports in the western cities, Lutsk and Ivano-Frankivsk on Friday, mainly to stop the flow of weapons and vehicles arriving from the West, On Saturday, the Muscovite army bombed a military hub south of Kiev: the mayor of Vasylkiv said that the missiles destroyed the runway, a fuel depot and detonated one of ammunition.

The Russians have increased counterviation, lacking in the first phase of the war, and are correcting the strategy. This also explains the reorganization of the 60-kilometer-long convoy that it had been looming over Kiev for daysblocked by logistical problems and the rasputitsathe thaw of the fields typical of Ukraine that has bogged down the means forcing them to move on the narrow paved roads, where he had become an easy target for the ambushes of the Ukrainian resistance. Scattered across the fields and surrounding towns, the convoy prepares for the siege – which has been awaited for days now – and heads for the capital from northwest, where the most intense battles are fought: in particular near the Antonov freight yard in Hostomel, where the Russian airborne troops had landed on the first day but had not managed to gain control over it.

Intense shelling hit Sumy and Kharkiv to the northwhere they fight incessantly since the beginning of the war but still resist, to the south Mykolaiv, Nikolaev and Mariupol, under a brutal siege for days, and then the cities of Dnipro and Kropyvnytskyi. With the bombs the Russians they also threaten to hit weapons arriving from the WestRussian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on state television. We have warned the United States: pumping weapons into Ukraine as they have done, including through other countries, is a dangerous move, Ryablov said, referring explicitly to portable air defense systems and anti-tank missiles. But it can also turn these convoys into legitimate targets.

On the other hand, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky held a press conference in the afternoon taking stock – not confirmable: war propaganda must always be taken into account – of the victims of this conflict: the army of Kiev saw 1,300 men die in 17 days of resistance, he said, but inflicted the worst casualties on the Russians in decades and sidelined 31 Russian tactical battalions that are no longer able to fight. According to Western estimates, they would be about 6 thousand Putin’s soldiers killed since the beginning of the war.


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