Moscow evacuates an occupied region, “patchwork” air defense to be built
► Russia evacuates an occupied region in the face of the Ukrainian advance
On the 233rd day of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Kremlin announced that it would organize the evacuation to its territory of the population of the Kherson region in the south of the country, claiming to respond to a request from the authorities of local occupations threatened by the progress of the Ukrainian forces’ counter-offensive.
The situation on the ground “is complicated, but under control”declared for his part the commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian army, Valery Zalouzhny. « The superiority of the enemy artillery illustrates the need to increase the firepower of the Ukrainian armed forces »he argued.
The Russian forces, retreating on several fronts, are on the other hand on the offensive on that of Bakhmout, a city in the East which had 70,000 inhabitants before the war and today largely deserted and ravaged by artillery fire.
► Washington wants to build a « patchwork » air defense for Ukraine
Washington pressures Ukraine’s allies to urgently build air defense « quilting » using NATO standard and therefore compatible equipment, some ultra-modern, others older, to protect the main Ukrainian strategic objectives from Russian bombing.
To set up the « anti-aircraft shield » demanded by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, we must create what the military call a multi-layered ground-to-air defense. “These are short-range, low-altitude systems, then medium-range, medium-altitude systems, and finally long-range, high-altitude systems”explained to the press on Wednesday the American Chief of Staff, General Mark Milley.
These three levels will make it possible to protect Ukrainian strategic objectives, such as large cities, key infrastructures or centers of power, against ballistic missiles, cruise missiles or even drones.
► Ukrainian civilians trained in the UK
Before joining the battlefield in their country, Ukrainian civilians train in the English countryside, in the south of the United Kingdom, with the program training in the handling of weapons and first aid as well as combat simulation.
More than 5,700 have already completed this training and returned to Ukraine since the program was announced in June, the defense ministry said. In total, the UK, which has provided significant military aid to Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion on February 24, has offered to train 19,000 Ukrainian civilians on its soil.