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Ukraine faces recapture of Lyman

by archyde

Dhe Ukrainian troops in the east of the country are probably facing another victory in the fight against the Russian invaders. The American Institute for the Study of War (ISW) has collected reports from Russian military bloggers and correspondents detailing Ukrainian advances near the town of Lyman. Accordingly, the Ukrainians are on the verge of trapping Russian troops in the city that Russia captured at the end of May. According to the ISW, should the Ukrainian pincer movement succeed, it would have far-reaching consequences for the Russian front in northern Donbass and the Ukraine open up further possibilities to reconquer territories occupied by Russia.

The ISW also assumes that another Russian defeat would further weaken the invaders’ morale. The Russian Ministry of Defense has so far failed to prepare its own soldiers for this defeat. It could also deepen the disunity between Russian troops and those of the self-proclaimed “People’s Republics”.

Ukraine also benefits from the use of Western weapons in its advances. president Volodymyr Selenskyj welcomed the United States’ announcement of the delivery of an additional eighteen multiple rocket launchers (HIMARS). “This brings Ukraine’s victory closer,” Zelenskyy wrote on Twitter, thanking American President Joe Biden for his support.

Elsewhere, Russian forces attacked again. According to Ukrainian media, three people died in Russian attacks in the city of Dnipro, which is well behind the frontline, on Thursday night. More than 60 houses were destroyed, said Governor Valentyn Reznichenko. Ukrainian authorities also reported the deaths of civilians in the Donetsk region.

In view of the current war, Ukraine is also reminiscent of the horrors of the Second World War. The occasion was the anniversary of the Babyn Yar massacre, during which more than 33,000 Jews were shot dead on what was then the outskirts of Kyiv and buried in a ravine by the German occupying forces. “It seemed as if these horrors remained in the past forever,” Prime Minister Denys Schmyhal wrote in the Telegram news service on Thursday. But even today, mass graves are being found again in Ukraine. Schmyhal demanded that those responsible should be brought before an international tribunal.

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