Russia’s war against Ukraine, which Putin started with his order to invade the neighboring country by Russian troops last February, continues today on the 625th day. Ukrainian troops launched a counter-offensive at the beginning of June with the aim of pushing Russian troops out of the occupied territories, but they have not yet managed to achieve a significant breakthrough. The Chief of the Ukrainian General Staff Valery Zaluzhny recently admitted that the war has stalled in positional battles that are advantageous to Russiaand that Ukrainian forces need new capabilities and weapons, especially aircraft, to turn the tide of the war in their favor.
The last time Putin was in Rostov-on-Don was on October 20, when Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov also gave him a report on the progress of the fighting in Ukraine, Kommersant newspaper recalled. According to him, in April the president visited the headquarters of the Dnieper unit group on the southern section of the front and the headquarters of the National Guard in the east of Ukraine.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu according to the RIA Novosti agency during the current visit of the staff proposed to show the president a “machine”, i.e. an all-terrain vehicle Desertcross 1000-3 of the Chinese brand Aodes, intended according to the label on the exhibited specimen to transport material in difficult off-road conditions. The Russian army is currently equipped with 537 units of the Desertcross 1000-3 in the basic version and is buying another approximately 1,500 vehicles with accessories.
Rostov-on-Don, the scene of the rebellion
In the winter, offensive operations by both the Russian and Ukrainian armies are expected to limit the weather, mainly because mud and deep snow will complicate the movement of equipment, noted the Russian editorial staff of the BBC on its website.
In June, Rostov-on-Don became the scene of a mutiny of mercenaries from a private army called Wagner’s (transcribed from Russian Vagnerova) group, who briefly took control of the army headquarters here before the rebellion ended, AFP recalled.
Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine on February 24 last year. Although the Ukrainians have since managed to liberate large areas around Kyiv, Kharkiv and Kherson, Moscow still controls approximately 18 percent of the contested land, or 106,000 square kilometers.
A 16 kilometer long convoy of trucks formed in eastern Slovakia in front of the Vyšná Nemecká/Uzhhorod border crossing with Ukraine. The reason is the transfer of truck traffic through Slovakia due to restrictions on driving from Poland to Ukraine. Police spokeswoman Lenka Ivanová informed ČTK about this today. Polish truckers on Monday began a blockade of three main border crossings with Ukraine due to allegedly unfair Ukrainian competition.
Czech Republic and Taiwann will cooperate on humanitarian aid projects for war-affected areas of Ukraine. Tomáš Kopečný, government representative for the reconstruction of Ukraine, told ČTK. It is not an agreement between governments, but a non-legally binding memorandum of understanding, he added.
The memorandum will make it possible to implement projects, for example, in the field of water treatment or energy. “Implementation will take place directly with the municipalities in Ukraine that have identified their needs, and based on this, the Czech and Taiwanese parties will supply them with the necessary equipment in cooperation,” commented Kopecny. According to him, the cooperation will expand humanitarian supplies from Czech companies.
On Thursday, Rokycany police charged two men with spreading rumors that Ukrainians in Rokycany were kidnapping Roma children and calling for violence against these foreigners. He accuses them of inciting hatred against a group of people or restricting their rights and freedoms, and one of the men is also accused of spreading an alarmist message. Police spokeswoman Dagmar Brožová said this to ČTK today.
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