Armed Forces: Ukraine repels more than 80 Russian attacks in one day

Ukraine’s army said on Sunday that its country had repelled more than 80 Russian attacks in one day.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine wrote in its operational update Sunday on Facebook that Russia launched several offensives against major Ukrainian cities, including Limansky, Pakhmutsky, Avdev, Mariinsky and Shakhtar. However, many of these attacks failed, with 83 Ukrainian forces holding back the Russian advance on Saturday.

The repulsed attacks are the latest sign of the stagnation of Russia’s war since President Vladimir Putin launched his “special military operation” in Ukraine in February. Despite initial fears that Ukraine would fall quickly, its forces responded with stronger-than-expected defensive efforts, dampening Russia’s military gains.

After more than a year of conflict, fighting is still concentrated in the easternmost regions of the Eastern European country. Military analysts cited a lack of mobile forces and chain-of-command issues within Putin’s forces as reasons behind the faltering invasion.

Ukrainian soldiers watch on a tank near Bakhmut, Ukraine, on March 10. Initially, Russian President Vladimir Putin was seen on Thursday. On Sunday, the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces said that its forces had repulsed more than 80 Russian attacks in one day.Anatoly Stepanov/AFP via Getty Images; Contributor/Getty Images

Ukraine said on Sunday its military had allegedly pushed back a large number of troops from making advances in key areas, including Bakhmut, which saw some of the war’s fiercest fighting.

“Despite the human losses, the Russian Federation continues to lead the war of aggression. The enemy’s main efforts are focused on attempts to complete the capture of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. To achieve its goals, offensive actions are being continued on the Limansky, Pakhmutsky, Avdev, Mariinsky and Shakhtar directions. Over the past day, our defenders repulsed 83 An offensive in this area of ​​the front. The center of the fighting is still Bakhmut.

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Russia has not confirmed these banned attacks, and Newsweek He was unable to independently verify Ukraine’s claims. Moreover, it remained unknown exactly how many attacks were carried out by Russian soldiers and how many were successful.

The General Staff further stated that Russia launched 11 missile attacks, four of which targeted civilian infrastructure in Zaporozhye, home to Europe’s largest nuclear power plant. Russia also carried out 16 airstrikes and 99 missiles from aircraft fire systems, according to Ukraine.

In addition, Ukraine said it shot down 10 “strikes in the areas of concentration of the occupiers,” including at least one Shahed-136 drone, a weapon provided by Iran to Russia, one of its closest allies amid the widely condemned invasion. .

Ukraine war update: Analysts say Russia’s Bakhmut attacks have slowed

Ukraine’s claims come after analysts said the Russian attacks in Bakhmut this week had slowed. The two armies have engaged in a pitched battle for control of the Ukrainian city, which some say will offer Russia more than a symbolic strategic victory. Russia touted its advances in the city amid reports of conflicts elsewhere, and fought alongside the paramilitary unit, the Wagner Group.

Bakhmut was one of the cities that Ukraine claimed succeeded in blocking some Russian advances over the weekend.

Britain’s Ministry of Defense wrote on Saturday that Russian soldiers had carried out the lowest number of attacks in the city since January, citing a temporary depletion of the fighting power of “deployed formations” to such an extent that even local offensive operations are not currently sustainable. . “

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Newsweek I have reached out to the Russian Ministry of Defense for comment via e-mail.

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