Ukraine claims victories in the north, warns Russia wants to split Ukraine like ‘North and South Korea’

Ukraine claims victories in the north, warns Russia wants to split Ukraine like ‘North and South Korea’

Ukraine’s military said late Sunday that Russian forces had been forced to leave positions northeast of Kyiv after suffering “significant losses,” and Ukrainian forces had retaken the town of Trostyanets near the northeastern border with Russia, opening a potential road to the encircled provincial capital of Sumy. Ukraine’s armed forces said two Russian battalion tactical groups outside Kyiv had retreated back to Belarus..
Retaking Trostyanets “demonstrates that the Ukrainians are able to counterattack, which means Russia can’t assume that once they hold ground they have secured it,” Jack Watling at Britain’s Royal United Services Institute think tank, tells The Wall Street Journal. “That limits the amount of resource they can apply to the place they are trying to take at any one time.”
Brig. Gen. Kyrylo Budanov, the head of Ukraine’s Defense Intelligence Agency, said Sunday that Russian President Vladimir Putin has realized “he can’t swallow the entire country” so “there is reason to believe that he is considering a ‘Korean’ scenario for Ukraine,” in which Russia “will try to pull the occupied territories into a single quasi-state structure” and then “impose a dividing line between the unoccupied and occupied regions of our country. In fact, it is an attempt to create North and South Korea in Ukraine.”  
Russia continues to fire missiles at targets across Ukraine, adding to the deaths and more than $63 billion in infrastructure damages it has inflicted in its first month of invasion, according to a Kyiv School of Economics estimate. But Russia said Friday it will now concentrate its military focus on Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region.
Ukraine isn’t giving up the Donbas without a fight. “Ongoing logistical shortages have been compounded by a continued lack of momentum and morale amongst the Russian military, and aggressive fighting by the Ukrainians,” Britain’s Ministry of Defense said early Monday. “Russia has gained most ground in the south in the vicinity of Mariupol where heavy fighting continues as Russia attempts to capture the port.”
Capturing Mariupol would give Russia a land corridor to Crimea, which it took from Ukraine in 2014, and free up forces to push west toward Odessa, once “one of the largest and most cosmopolitan cities in the Russian empire” and a city “has shown significant pro-Russia feelings in the recent past,” but no more, The Associated Press reports. “The seizure of Odessa and the strip of land farther west also would allow Moscow to build a land corridor to the separatist Trans-Dniester region of neighboring Moldova that hosts a Russian military base.”

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NATO: Russia is launching many air operations from Belarus

NATO: Russia is launching many air operations from Belarus

This post was originally published on this siteNATO on Thursday told CNN aboard a surveillance plane that Russia is launching many of their air operations against Ukraine from Belarus.CNN joined NATO on its Airborne Warning and Control System (AWCS) plane that is used on the Ukrainian-…

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Ukraine rejects Russian offer to let civilians flee its assault — to Russia

Ukraine rejects Russian offer to let civilians flee its assault — to Russia

This post was originally published on this siteUkraine dismissed Russian promises to let civilians flee its assault on Kyiv and other major cities Monday after Moscow offered humanitarian corridors that led to Russia and Belarus

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Belarusian Troops Storm Ukraine as Massive Russian Bomb Blast Rocks City Center

Belarusian Troops Storm Ukraine as Massive Russian Bomb Blast Rocks City Center

This post was originally published on this siteReuters Belarusian troops are said to have crossed the border to Ukraine to join a Russian invasion that reached brutal new levels of intensity overnight. Ukraine’s parliament claimed early Tuesday that troops from Belarus had been spotted in the Chernihiv region, which stretches...

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Ukrainian intel suggests Belarus is prepared to join Russian invasion and US suspends operations at embassy

Ukrainian intel suggests Belarus is prepared to join Russian invasion and US suspends operations at embassy

This post was originally published on this siteA Ukrainian government official tells CNN that Ukrainian intelligence indicates Belarusian “readiness to maybe participate directly” in the invasion of Ukraine, “in addition to allowing Russians to use their territory as well as letting them cross the border.”

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State Department orders Embassy employees’ families to leave Belarus

State Department orders Embassy employees’ families to leave Belarus

This post was originally published on this siteThe U.S. Department of State on Monday ordered the departure of family members of government employees in Belarus and issued a do not travel advisory for the Eastern European country, which is closely aligned with Russia.Monday’s order,…

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