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The Russo-Ukraine war: Latest Updates

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The Russian Invasion of Ukraine may not have panned out as wanted by the Russians. Russia is engaging in battles in Donbas, Sievierodoentsk, Kharkiv and Luhansk regions which are being fiercely defended by Ukrainian troops. Yet Ukraine is on the backfoot as it is running out of Soviet era ammunition and does not have enough anti-missile systems to counter Russian projectiles aimed at its cities.

Here are the latest updates:

  1. Ukraine’s battle for Donbas will determine the course of the war

In a televised address to the nation on Tuesday, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky said that the war-torn country’s battle against Russian troops in the eastern region of Donbas will determine the course of the war.

  1. Russian troops intensify efforts to cut off Ukrainian troops besieged in Sievierodoentsk

Russian troops control about 80% of the fiercely contested eastern city of Sievierodonetsk and have destroyed all three bridges leading out of it but Ukrainians were still trying to evacuate the wounded.

Ukrainian Troops

  1. Ukrainian troops facing huge losses against Russian troops in Kharkiv

Ukrainian forces are suffering huge losses against Russian troops in the Kharkiv region.

  1. More than 500 civilians trapped in Azot chemical plant: Luhansk Governor

The governor of the Luhansk region has said that more than 500 civilians are trapped alongside soldiers at the Azot chemical plant, including 40 children. The British military intelligence said Russian forces had likely taken fixed positions around Azot to force Ukrainians out.

Ukraine Minister

  1. Ukraine minister warns of global wheat shortage due to Russian invasion

According to Kyiv’s agriculture minister, the Russian invasion of Ukraine will “create a global wheat shortage for at least three seasons by keeping much of the Ukrainian crop from markets and pushing prices to record levels.” 

  1. Russia claims it destroyed NATO arms depot in western Ukraine

Russia on Wednesday claimed that its forces destroyed a depot containing NATO-supplied arms in western Ukraine.

  1. Ukraine lacking anti-missile systems

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Ukraine does not have enough anti-missile systems to shoot down Russian projectiles targeting its cities. “Our country does not have enough of them. There can be no justification in delays in providing them,” insisted the Ukrainian President.

Western Aid for Ukraine

  1. US officials say new military aid for Ukraine might come as early as this week

A defense and administration official said that United States could announce new military aid for Ukraine as early as this week. Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative is likely to be used to provide military aid to Ukraine.

Ukraine has been surprising both Russia, as well as the rest of the world, with its strong resistance and will to defend its independence and freedom. But with the war raging on its soil, the future for Ukrainians looks bleak.

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