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Ukraine recaptures the town of Erbin and avoids encircling Russian forces in the capital |  international

Ukraine recaptures the town of Erbin and avoids encircling Russian forces in the capital | international

Authorities in Irbin, in the northwestern outskirts of Kyiv, announced late Monday that they had regained control of the city, The scene of fierce fighting since the beginning of the war. But the shelling and the exchange of artillery is still continuing, according to sources in the Kyiv government. An adviser to the Ministry of the Interior confirmed that the Russian army forces are only 800 meters away from this enclave through which the Kremlin army wanted to penetrate the Ukrainian capital.

The Ukrainian military interprets the fact that Russia has withdrawn or lost territory in various regions of Ukraine, including around the capital, as Moscow is trying to strengthen itself to attack again with more means and preparations. Defense Ministry sources understand that the Kremlin is still trying to control the cities of the former Soviet republic, including Kyiv.

Just five kilometers from Irpen, a roadblock prevented vehicles from advancing at noon on Tuesday. Only some ambulances and vans carrying still evacuees were allowed to leave. In the background, explosions rang out every now and then. Near the barrier, between some buildings, in two tents, several toilets took care of the evacuated neighbors. An important part was elderly and some of them needed a wheelchair.

A large group of police officers closely watched the departure of those arriving from Irvine. From one of the ambulances, a dusty and tired young man got out. At every movement he moans. He was just carrying a plastic bag with what appeared to be some bread and some cash in his left hand. After sitting in a chair, several clients cut his jeans with scissors as paramedics arrived. Inside, the cloth was covered in dry blood as well as several wounds to his right leg. At the same time, other policemen persistently checked his documents. One of the concerns of the Ukrainian security forces is trying to control potential pro-Russian intruders or Kremlin soldiers who are left in the retreat of their comrades in cities like this where they have lost their positions.

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This stalemate in the Russian forces is interpreted not only as a result of Ukrainian military advances and the restoration of major cities such as Irbin, but also as a consequence of logistical obstacles to the Russian army. According to the US Institute of War (ISW), the Kremlin is having difficulty continuing to recruit soldiers in Russia, and in the short term Moscow may not be able to provide relief to the military engaged in combat operations. This Institute for the Study of War believes that the Russian military may have deployed most of its already trained forces to Ukraine and that it could take months In the presence of other adequately trained soldiers in combat. This does not mean that the Kremlin stopped deploying more soldiers to Ukraine, but it was noted, as ISW asserts, “a significant decrease in the intensity of smuggling from the depths of the Russian Federation.”

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The daily report published by the British Ministry of Defense through its social networks also warned that despite the Ukrainian armed forces’ advance around Kyiv, “Russia continues to represent A big threat to the city thanks to its offensive capability”, a view shared by ISW, which also asserted that Russian forces have so far not shown signs of abandoning their goal of capturing Kyiv, despite the fact that the Kremlin confirmed on Friday that it would focus military operations in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine. .

Ukrainian counterattacks across the country

Russian attacks continued this Tuesday Ukrainian counterattacks across the country, While the new round of negotiations between the Ukrainian and Russian teams was held in Istanbul and made the most significant progress so far, with a concrete Ukrainian proposal to give up NATO membership in exchange for security guarantees from third countries in bilateral agreements, this opens the door for the first time to negotiate the status of Crimea in 15 years and Donbass.

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After the round of dialogue in Istanbul, Alexander Fomin, Russia’s deputy defense minister, announced that Moscow had decided to “radically reduce military operations” in the Kyiv and Chernihiv regions, in the northeast of the country, close to the border with Belarus. Fomin stressed that the aim of this measure is to advance dialogue and “increase mutual trust.” Ukraine took these statements with skepticismalthough the truth is that analysts point out that with its forces stagnating and progressing slower and faltering, the Kremlin is seeking to change its strategy.

Shortly before sitting at the negotiating table, a Russian attack destroyed the Mykolaiv Regional Administration Building, in southern Ukraine, and a key city for the Russian strategy to control the southern side of the country and the Black Sea. Local authorities said at least nine people were killed and 28 wounded. Vladimir Putin’s forces, targeting local governments – already bombed Kharkiv Administration The first week of March – they tried to destroy the residence of the Mykolaiv governor on Monday, but the attack ended up hitting a hotel. The charismatic governor of Mykolaiv, Vitaly Kim, famous for his messages on social networks, his resistance and the city’s resistance to the invasion, was not in the building because he slept too much, he commented on social networks.

Ukrainian forces in turn launch a fierce counterattack on the southern front, towards Kherson, the only occupied regional capital and the largest invasion of Russia. In the axis uniting Chernihiv and Sumy, where the Russians tried to advance towards Kyiv from the east, the Ukrainian counterattack also succeeded in stopping the Kremlin’s forces. Days after the battle at Brovary, Ukraine could have halted the Russian advance there. Moscow has shown no sign of reducing its offensive in eastern Ukraine. Nor above the city of Mariupol on the Sea of ​​Azov, Its forces already control several regions and from where the Kremlin media are already broadcasting pictures of the devastated city, noting that everything is the work of Ukrainian “nationalists”.

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