War in Ukraine. Politico: Ukraine at risk of front collapse, Zelensky worries about retreat ‘step by step’

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10:06 | Politico: Ukraine at risk of front collapse, Zelensky worries about retreat ‘step by step’

Politico writes that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s prediction of a collapsing front is in danger of becoming a reality. Recently, V. Zelensky feared that if the multi-billion-dollar aid package for Ukraine blocked by the US is not quickly adopted, Kyiv’s forces will have to “retreat, step by step, in small steps.” He also warned that some major cities could be at risk of collapse.

Politico writes that if US support is not accepted, Western pressure for pro-Russia talks could be revived in the midst of election campaigns in the US and Europe, leaving the Kremlin free to renew the conflict in the future.

“Everything now depends on where Russia decides to send its forces for the offensive, which is expected to begin this summer. Ahead of the offensive, from Kharkiv and Sumy in the north to Odesa in the south, Russian missile and drone strikes targeting infrastructure have increased significantly in recent weeks. It is difficult to predict where Russia will launch its main offensive,” writes Politico.

According to senior Ukrainian military officials who served under General Valery Zaluzhny, the current military picture is bleak.

The unnamed officers told the publication that there was a high risk that the front line would collapse wherever Russian generals decided to focus their attack. They fear that Russia will be able to “penetrate the front line and overcome it in some areas,” the military said on condition of anonymity.

“Now there is nothing that can help Ukraine, because there is no serious technology that can compensate for the large mass of troops that Russia is likely to throw at us. We don’t have these technologies, and the West doesn’t have them in sufficient quantities either,” a senior military source told the publication.

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09:34 | Ukrainian forces announce that they have destroyed 4 Russian drones

The Ukrainian Air Force announced on Wednesday that it destroyed four Russian drones last night.

In a statement on the Telegram social network, the Russians launched four Shahed attack drones and three S-300 anti-aircraft missiles into Ukraine overnight Wednesday.

All four drones were destroyed over Khmelnytskyi, Zhytomyr, Kirovohrad and Cherkasy regions.

09:05 | A significant breakthrough for Ukrainian forces: experts have revealed their new capabilities to strike Russia

The latest report from the US Institute for the Study of War (ISW) notes that on Monday, Ukraine struck Russian military production and oil refining infrastructure in the Republic of Tatarstan. It is located more than 1,200 km from the Ukrainian border.

The Taneko oil refinery in Nizhnekamsk was also hit.

About 14 percent of Russian oil refineries have been shut down due to constant Ukrainian drone strikes, according to ISW analysts. of all Russian oil refining capacity.

Analysts emphasize that the first strikes by Ukraine in Tatarstan mean a significant break in the ability of the Ukrainian defense forces to strike at Russia’s rear areas at a long distance.

“ISW continues to believe that such strikes by Ukraine are a necessary part of Ukraine’s campaign to use asymmetric means to weaken the industries that supply and support the Russian military,” the analysts wrote in a recent report.

08:31 | Bad papers for Russia’s Black Sea fleet: Kyiv announces ‘bad month’ for Russians

Kyiv said Russia’s Black Sea fleet had a “bad month” after Ukrainian forces attacked several Russian ships based around the Russian-controlled Crimean peninsula. In early March, Ukraine used self-made Magura V5 maritime drones to target the Sergej Kotov patrol vessel near the Kerch Strait in eastern Crimea. The strikes damaged the stern, starboard and port sides before the ship sank, Ukraine said.

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07:46 | Governor: 18 people were injured in the Russian missile attack on the Dnipro

Kyiv, April 3. (AFP-BNS). Ukraine said on Tuesday that a Russian missile strike on the Dnipro had injured at least 18 people, and President Volodymyr Zelensky said rescue efforts were underway after an educational institution and a kindergarten were hit.

Dnipro is a city in central Ukraine on the river of the same name. He has been the target of deadly Russian attacks.

“Dnipro. There are already 18 wounded,” Dnipropetrovsk Governor Serhijus Lysak reported on the social network, adding that five children were among them. They were all taken to the hospital.

The governor added that the injured were not life-threatening and described their condition as moderate.

07:00 | The head of NATO proposes to create a 100 billion euro fund for arming Ukraine

NATO head Jens Stoltenberg proposes to create a 100 billion euro five-year fund for Ukraine to get the Alliance more involved in sending arms to Kyiv, officials said on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, NATO foreign ministers will hold preliminary talks in Brussels on the plan to create a package of support for Ukraine before the NATO summit in Washington in July.

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“Foreign ministers will discuss how best to organize NATO’s support to Ukraine to make it stronger, more predictable and more sustainable,” a NATO official said. “During the ministerial meetings in April, no final decisions will be made, discussions will continue in the run-up to the Washington summit in July,” the official added.


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