Russia holds 2 villages of Bucha and Gostomel
As the Russian war against Ukraine entered the 27th day, the Russian invaders captured two villages of Bucha and Gostomel, which are the gateway to the Ukrainian capital of kyiv. Ukrainian forces continued to block Russian invaders from crossing the Irpin River into the capital, Kyiv Regional Military Administration chief Oleksandr Pavliuk said. However, he added, stationed at a strategic point, the Ukrainian forces are “unable to drive out the Russian forces”.
“So far under occupation – this Bucha, this Gostomel*, this whole region, there is no action that we cannot yet,” said the head of the Kyiv regional military administration, Oleksandr Pavliuk , during an interview with Radio Svoboda.
“We must guard against the enemy in their attempts to cross the Irpin River and go on the offensive in Kyiv,” he added.
Pavliuk also pointed out that the potential of the Ukrainian Armed Forces allows them to switch to “offensive actions” only locally. “We increase the potential, and the enemy decreases it,” he added. Meanwhile, Russian forces also held the land corridor with Crimea, effectively blocking access to the Sea of Azov, according to a Ukrainian military operational report released on Monday.
The cities of Sumy and Kharkiv were also partially blocked as artillery fire continued to devastate civilian infrastructure and human lives. The report further states that Russia is stepping up “aggressive propaganda campaigns” targeting Belarusian armed forces to join the military invasion of Ukraine, The Guardian reported.
“The enemy is expected to continue launching an insidious missile and shelling and artillery bombardment of Ukraine’s critical infrastructure using jet artillery, aircraft, weapons precision and indiscriminate ammunition.” says the report.
[Russian deployed artillery seen in Talakivka, northeast of Mariupol, Ukraine. IMAGE: AP]
Russia continues to justify invading Ukraine
On several occasions, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his cabinet have attempted to justify the invasion of Ukraine, calling it the “denazification and demilitarization” of Ukraine by Azov nationalists and neo-Nazis. Last week, Putin also claimed the invasion was necessary “for the right to be and to remain Russia”. He said: “The fight we are waging is a fight for our sovereignty, for the future of our country and our children. We will fight for the right to be and remain Russia,” Russian President Vladimir Putin was quoted as saying by Ukrpravda News. .
Angered by the Kremlin’s repeated attempts to justify the war, Zelensky’s chief adviser, Mykhailo Podolyak, said Monday that Moscow was spreading fabricated stories about Nazi battalions and the devastating artillery bombardment of Donetsk. Taking to Twitter, Podolyak wrote: “Russians constantly lie to legally justify massive aggression on Ukraine, stories about bio-labs, Nazi battalions and heavy artillery selling Donetsk with thousands of casualties. This is all an absolute lie, which is rejected by the world watching the war live.”
As the war continues, an overwhelming exodus of Ukrainians has been forced to leave their homes and huddle in neighboring European countries. According to UN estimates, nearly 3 million people have been forced to migrate. Separately, Podolyak claimed that the Russian invasion had led to the internal displacement of 11 to 13 million people.