Sun. May 19th, 2024

Ukraine’s commander-in-chief, Oleksandr Syrsky, issued a statement on Saturday indicating a significant deterioration in the situation on the eastern front. This announcement follows Russia’s claim of capturing a village near the occupied industrial town of Avdiivka.

Syrsky, who assumed command in February after President Volodymyr Zelensky dismissed his predecessor, Valery Zaluzhny, expressed concerns over heightened hostilities. Russia’s defense ministry stated that its forces had “liberated” the village of Pervomaiske in the Donetsk region, adjacent to Avdiivka. However, Ukraine has not confirmed this, stating instead that it repelled attacks on the village.

The Ukrainian commander-in-chief noted a surge in the enemy’s offensive actions after Russia’s presidential elections last month. In response, decisions are being made to reinforce vulnerable defense areas with electronic warfare and air defense systems.

In the southern Zaporizhzhia region, Russia accused Ukraine of shelling the occupied town of Tokmak, resulting in 10 casualties. Ukrainian authorities reported over 400 strikes by Russia in the region within a day, including airstrikes.

The situation remains tense around the eastern frontline city of Chasiv Yar, which is under constant fire. Meanwhile, Russia continues to secure territorial gains and push against Ukrainian units facing challenges in receiving vital Western military aid.

Commander Syrsky emphasized the need to achieve technical superiority over the enemy with high-tech weapons. He also highlighted the importance of enhancing the quality of training for military personnel, especially infantry units.

In a collaborative effort, European allies of Ukraine are assisting in military training. France’s defense minister mentioned that future Ukrainian fighter pilots, expected to operate American F-16 aircraft, are undergoing initial training in France. Other countries such as the Netherlands, Denmark, and Romania are also contributing to pilot training programs.

Additionally, some Ukrainian trainees, after completing initial training in Britain, are undergoing advanced training at undisclosed locations to acquire skills in flying fighter jets, according to military sources.

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