War Day at a Glance
Russians Bomb Odessa – CIA Veterans Warn US Against Boasting
Ahead of the military parade in Moscow, Russia stepped up rocket fire on Odessa, Kharkiv and the Sumy region. British intelligence, however, predicts heavy Russian casualties, while CIA veterans warn against bragging. Ukraine reports sinking an enemy landing craft on Snake Island and evacuating nearly all civilians from Mariupol. The 73rd day of the war in brief.
Rocket fire on Odessa
According to Ukrainian sources, at least four Russian rockets were fired at the port of Odessa in southern Ukraine. Local media showed thick plumes of black smoke over the city. According to reports, a military airfield was hit. Authorities initially did not provide any information about possible victims. There was no confirmation from the Russian side. Explosions – some from anti-aircraft defenses – were also reported in neighboring Mykolayiv Oblast, central Ukraine Poltava and western Ukraine Khmelnytskyi.
Local authorities also reported rocket attacks from northern Ukraine. Rockets fell in the municipalities of Myropilske and Khotin in the Sumy region, Governor Dmytro Zhyvytskyi said. A border guard was injured. Russian forces withdrew from the area in April.
WWII veteran shows his destroyed home in Kharkiv
Shortly before the 77th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s victory over Hitler’s Germany, the home of a 97-year-old World War II veteran was destroyed by Russian shelling in the eastern Ukrainian region of Kharkiv. “If I still had the strength, the first thing I would do would be to go to the defense and help our army,” Ivan Lyssun, who fought in the Red Army during the Second World War, told Ukrainian television. World War. The old man showed reporters his completely destroyed house. The veteran said he was able to save his old uniform jacket from the rubble. Russia’s war against her country was “disgusting”.
Loss of the Black Sea Fleet at Snake Island
According to the Ukrainian army, he sank a landing craft belonging to the Russian Black Sea Fleet. “An enemy Serna landing craft was destroyed in the waters of the Black Sea,” Serhiy Brachuk, press chief of the Odessa military administration, said on his Telegram channel. He also posted a video purporting to show the ship being shot at with a drone. There was initially no reaction from the Russian side to the alleged incident. The ship was sunk near Snake Island, according to Ukrainian sources. The AP news agency assessed satellite images showing explosions over the island about 35 kilometers from Odessa.
Ukrainian journalists reported on Friday that a Russian frigate was shot down in this area and caught fire – which has not been officially confirmed by either kyiv or Moscow. However, two warships of the Russian Black Sea Fleet have already been sunk, including the missile cruiser “Moskva”. The United States denies having participated in this action. US media had reported this with reference to Secret Service employees.
Duma boss already sees the US as a war party
The influential leader of the Russian parliament, Vyacheslav Volodin, has accused the United States of being directly involved in the war in Ukraine. “Washington coordinates and develops major military operations and is therefore directly involved in military actions against our country,” President Vladimir Putin’s henchman wrote on Telegram. Volodin is the head of the Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament.
The United States and its NATO allies say they support Ukraine with weapons, among other things, but have said they are not part of the war. Russia, meanwhile, does not describe its actions as a war, but as a “special military operation”.
Former intelligence agents warn the CIA against bragging
Former CIA officials have warned in The Guardian against bragging about sharing intelligence information. “My personal view is that it’s not wise,” said Paul Pillar, a former senior CIA official. The extent of the official confirmation of the role of the American secret services in the sinking of the “Moskva” and even more so in the assassination of the generals surprised him. “The main concern is that this kind of public acknowledgment of the full US role in the backlash against Russia could escalate Putin in ways he wouldn’t otherwise find necessary.”
UK intelligence sees most modern units affected
According to British military intelligence, the ongoing fighting is taking its toll on some of the most modern and capable units of the Russian Armed Forces. According to the Defense Ministry’s situation report, it will take time and effort to rebuild the Russian armed forces after the end of the conflict. Western sanctions would make it more difficult to replace lost or destroyed modern war material. It was also said that at least one Russian T-90M, the most modern Russian tank, was destroyed in the fighting. The best-equipped Russian units have about 100 T-90Ms in service, including those from Ukraine.
Almost all civilians leave the Mariupol steel plant
According to official information, the last women, children and elderly people have been evacuated from the besieged Azovstal steelworks in the Ukrainian port of Mariupol. “This part of the humanitarian operation in Mariupol is over,” Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk wrote on Telegram. She first left open if there were any civilians among the remaining men.
With the departure of 50 more people, the number of civilians recovered from the factory site rose to 176, according to the military headquarters of the pro-Russian separatist government in the regional capital Donetsk. A few days ago, the city administration estimated that 200 civilians were trapped in the vast area with many buildings and underground facilities.
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