Russian soldiers are trying to “break through” Ukrainian defensive formations northwest and east of Kyiv in an effort to advance towards the capital, the Ukrainian armed forces said on Monday.
The sounds of blasts and artillery have been heard in the Kyiv city center on Monday, according to records, as Russian soldiers transferred to catch close-by roads and villages.
“The grouping of Ukrainian forces and means of defence of the city of Kyiv is deterring the Russian enemy, which is trying to break through the Ukrainian defence from the Northwest and East in order to take control of key roads and settlements,” the armed forces of Ukraine said in a Facebook post on Monday.
Reports of Russian forces trying to take control of even more ground outside Kyiv stand in stark contrast to reports on the state of Vladimir Putin’s army outside the capital city recently.
Last week, Ukraine ratcheted up the pressure against Russian forces near Kyiv, putting its troops in a position possibly to encircle Russian soldiers in the outskirts of the capital city.
Recently, Ukraine ramped up its opposition to Russian forces near Kyiv, placing its troops in a placement potentially to enclose Russian soldiers in the outskirts of the funding city.
Facing supply shortages and morale problems, the British Defense Ministry said last Wednesday that Russian forces had not been able to repel Ukrainian counterattacks outside Kyiv, and it seemed that Ukrainian forces had been able to retake territory outside Kyiv. The British ministry said that Ukrainian forces were in a position possibly to encircle Russian troops.
Facing supply shortages as well as morale problems, the British Defense Ministry stated last Wednesday that Russian forces did not have the ability to ward off Ukrainian counterattacks outside Kyiv, and also it appeared that Ukrainian forces actually had the ability to retake area outside Kyiv. The British ministry stated that Ukrainian forces remained positioned to possibly enclose Russian troops.
This weekend saw Russian forces engage in several offensive strikes across Ukraine.
Russian soldiers reportedly fired at a Holocaust memorial outside the city of Kharkiv on Saturday, targeting the Holocaust Memorial in Drobitsky Yar. It was the 2nd attack on a Holocaust memorial in Ukraine ever since the Russian invasion began on Feb. 24.
Russian forces also took control of the city of Slavutych early Saturday, seizing the town’s hospital and briefly apprehending its mayor, according to Ukrainian authorities. The community is the residence of many staff members of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Shelling in Slavutych last week threatened the ability to replace staff working long shifts at Chernobyl with new workers, the International Atomic Energy Agency said last week.