Live Updates: Russia’s War in Ukraine


Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valeriy Zaluzhnyi attends a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in Kyiv, Ukraine, April 24. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Service)

The commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian armed forces told his American counterpart that Russia was concentrating its main efforts in the northern part of the Luhansk region in the east of the country.

Valerii Zaluzhnyi briefed Gen. Mark A. Milley, US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on the latest battlefield updates in Ukraine, he said in a Telegram post on Sunday.

He also said that Russia was using “mass artillery and unfortunately has a tenfold superiority of fire” but that Ukraine was holding its positions there.

Remember: The Lugansk region in eastern Ukraine is at the epicenter of the conflict. Much of the area is already under Russian control.

In the East: Zaluzhnyi described the situation in Luhansk as “complicated, especially in the city of Severodonetsk. Up to seven battle groups of battalions were deployed there by the enemy. Despite the heavy fire, we managed to stop the enemy. »

In the north: Zaluzhnyi said that in northern and northeastern Ukraine, Russian forces « have resumed shelling residential areas of Kharkiv, which obliges us to take adequate measures. »

He also said Russian forces had targeted Chernihiv and Sumy regions using artillery and mortar fire, adding « we are fighting back ».

The front line: Zaluzhnyi said there was a 2,450 kilometer (1,522 mile) front line, of which 1,105 kilometers (686 miles) are in « active hostilities ».

He asked General Miley « to help us get more 155mm caliber artillery systems as soon as possible ».

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