Latest developments on Bakhmut and Zaporizhia fronts while Russian violent attack on Kiev


Civil and Military Administration in Kiev announced, on Saturday, that it had completely repelled, during the night, a new attack launched by Russian drones on the Ukrainian capital.

The mayor of Kiev, Vitali Klitschko, wrote on Telegram that there was a fire on the roof of a nine-storey building in one of the residential complexes in the Dnipro region, adding that there was no information about possible victims.

For his part, Sergey Popko, head of the civil and military administration in Kiev, said that the fire was caused by falling drones, calling on residents to take cover.

Popko talked about more attacks on several areas in the Darnitsky and Solomyansky regions, explaining that information is being verified about potential damage and losses.

The Ukrainian army announced that drones were heading towards the Kiev region.

In another context, Ukraine said, on Friday, that it had repelled attacks by Russian forces in an attempt to regain lost lands around Bakhmut, where Kiev says it caused heavy losses among the Russians.

Yevgeny Prigozhin, the head of Wagner, which is leading the Russian assault on Bakhmut, said in a message on Telegram that “bloody and violent battles” were taking place and that his men were close to capturing Bakhmut itself.

As for the Ukrainian mortar unit, which is stationed near Bakhmut did advanced this week, but it’s facing heavy fire from the Russian forces, who seem to have a large number of manpower and a large stock of ammunition.

The unit’s forces said they fired about 100 mortars a day at Russian positions.

Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Hana Malyar said that the Russian forces made some gains inside the city itself in fierce fighting, but did not control it.

She explained in a message on Telegram: “Intense fierce battles continue in the Bakhmut region… The enemy cannot win with quality, so he tries with quantity”.

She said that Russia had increased the number of its forces and the quantities of ammunition.

“The rate of advance of our forces on the outskirts of Bakhmut has decreased somewhat… Meanwhile, the enemy cannot regain lost positions… Our soldiers are repelling all enemy attacks in this area”.

In another front, Russian forces in recent weeks have strengthened their defensive positions in and around the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant in the south, before the expected counterattack in the region.

Russian forces have had firing positions over some of the nuclear plant buildings for months.

Nets were set up above it, in what is likely to be an obstacle to drones.

For its part, the Russian company that operates the plant said that any possible military move from Ukraine constituted a threat to nuclear safety and that the plant’s equipment was undergoing maintenance as required.

For its part, the International Atomic Energy Agency says that the military presence and activity is increasing in the region, which highlights the need for urgent action.

The International Atomic Energy Agency has been warning for months of the danger of a major accident at the station.

Meanwhile, the International Atomic Energy Agency plans to bring to the United Nations Security Council an agreement between Russia and Ukraine later this month aimed at protecting the facility.

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