War in Ukraine: Russia’s “New Axis of Effort” Popasna and Deployment of BMP-T Terminator

On Sunday, Russia continued bombing eastern Ukraine with the aim of controlling Severodonetsk, in Lugansk, one of the two constituent regions of Donbass.

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Below is an update of the situation on the 88th day of the war based on information from AFP journalists on the spot, Ukrainian and Russian official statements, Western sources, analysts and international organizations.

Russian gains in the East

Russian forces haveearn land“In the Rubijne-Severodonetsk-Lyssychansk region and has”They intensified their efforts to capture Severodonetsk“Says the Institute for the Study of War (ISW). In particular, they destroyed a bridge between Lyschansk and Severodonetsk, which indicates their desire to encircle the city, according to this American think tank, the Russian advance of which was not in the nearby town of Popasna “Can’t confirmPopasna is.Obviously the new line voltageThe Russian said, Saturday, the former French colonel Michel Goya.

The British Ministry of Defense on Sunday stressed the possible deployment in Severodonetsk of the only Russian company of BMP-T Terminator tanks, which are technically advanced mechanisms compared to the tanks destroyed by the hundreds by Ukrainian forces in the first three months of the conflict. “With maximum Terminators deployed, it shouldn’t have a huge impact on the campaignHowever, London noted.

The Russians are making every effort to capture SeverodonetskThis was confirmed Saturday evening on the Telegram of the Governor of Lugansk, Sergeyevich Gaidic.

Protracted martial law and mobilization in Ukraine

Martial law and general mobilization in Ukraine was extended on Sunday for three months, until August 23. In two votes, the Verkhovna Rada, the Verkhovna Rada, on Sunday approved by an absolute majority presidential decrees on martial law and general mobilization. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky signed these two decrees on February 24. It has already been extended twice for one month.

15 or 20 years of Ukraine’s membership in the European Union

It will take Ukraine to join the European UnionMaybe 15 or 20 years old“, so appreciated Sunday Clement Bon, French Minister Delegate for European Affairs, calling for Kyiv’s in the meantime to be included in the European political community proposed by French President Emmanuel Macron.”In the meantime, we owe the Ukrainians (…) a political project in which they can enterMr Bonn continued, describing the European political community introduced by President Macron as “Open door“.

Tens of thousands of dead

There is no comprehensive assessment of the civilian casualties of the conflict. In Mariupol (southeast) alone, the Ukrainian authorities spoke of 20 thousand people killed. Ukrainian investigators claimed that they identified “More than 8000 casessuspected of war crimes. On the military front, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense estimates Russian losses at more than 28,700 men, 204 aircraft, and more than 1,200 tanks since the invasion began on February 24. The Kremlin admitted “significant losses”. Western sources reported the deaths of up to 12,000 Russian soldiers. President Zelensky said between 2,500 and 3,000 Ukrainian soldiers were killed and about 10,000 wounded. There are no independent statistics available.

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