On Friday, Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to the Ukrainian President, said that Kyiv has decided to continue fighting in the largely-destroyed eastern City of Bakhmut because the fierce battle is restricting the operations by Russia’s best unit in advance of a planned Kyiv Spring counter-attack. Moscow unleashed a barrage of precision-guided missile strikes on East European Ukraine, triggering another wave of blackouts and briefly causing Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant to lose supply.
According to media reports, the remarks by Mr. Podolyak were the latest sign of a shift by Ukrainians this week to fight on and vigorously defend the small salt-mining city of Bakhmut, where Putin-led military is attempting to gain its first significant victory in almost seven months.
Furthermore, according to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Moscow is believed to have fired six Kh-47M2 Kinzhals – a Russian nuclear-capable hypersonic air-launched ballistic projectile with a maximum speed of 12,300–14,700 km/h. The Russian leader regularly touts the Kinzhal (OTAN reporting name Killjoy), which means dagger in Russian, as a weapon for which the North Atlantic Military Alliance supporting Ukraine has no answer.
In an interview released by an Italian daily newspaper La Stampa, Mr. Podolyak, the Ukrainian politician and an aide to President Zelenskyy, said that the Kremlin forces have converged on Donetsk Oblast’s Bakhmut City with a large part of its highly trained personnel, odds and ends of its professional standing army, as well as the private firms.
Canada Bans Steel, Aluminum from Russia
On Friday, the Ukrainian leader said that the Russian military had launched more than a thousand unmanned aerial vehicles and over five thousand missiles to attack its neighboring state since Vladimir Putin ordered his unjustifiable incursion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022. On Saturday alone, the Russian forces launched brutal strikes on seven communities in Sumy Province, including Novoslobidske, Myropillia, Esman, Krasnopillia, Bilopillia, Khotin, and Shalyhyne communities.
The Ukrainian General Staff reported that courageous Ukrainian defenders effectively repelled around a hundred Moscow attempts over the past twenty-four hours. In its early morning briefing today, it said that the Kremlin forces are concentrating their special operation efforts on carrying out offensives toward Avdiivka, Bakhmut, Lyman, Mariinka, and Shakhtyorsk cities in eastern Donetsk region.
⚡️ Satellite images show destruction in Bakhmut.
Recently published satellite images from Maxar Technologies show the magnitude of destruction across Bakhmut in Donetsk Oblast as of March 6.
📷 Maxar Technologies pic.twitter.com/G5UHfSDEko
— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) March 10, 2023
In response to Russia’s brutality in Ukraine, the President of war-ravaged Ukraine signed a decree on 10 March, passing a proposal by Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council to levy consequences to 287 legal entities and around 120 individuals. Additionally, Chrystia Freeland, Canadian Deputy PM and Finance Minister, announced a ban on importing Steel and Aluminum products from Russia.