Reverberation’s from the swift Ukraine battlefield push is the talk of the media….
Reports of Russian soliders dropping their weapons and fleeing….
Reports of hundreds of miles of reclaimed territory for the Ukraine military…
Reports of Western weapons out gunning Soviet one’s and Ukraian forces turning left behind munitions back aginst the Russians …
But the Russian’s are still holding their own in the Donbas region…..
Putin will not begin to draft to bolster his force’s, well aware of the political implications as he tries make sure dissidence does not grow in his country against the Ukraine conflict…….
Ukraine President asks for even more financal assistance from thne West above what President Biden has pledged and is delivering….
Zelensky is leaning on the Greman’s for more military aid…..
Putin now has to be worried about ANOTHER conflict….
Fighting has broken out Tuesday between Armenia and Azerbaijan….
Ukrainian military officials sought to capitalize on the momentum of a ground offensive that has reclaimed hundreds of settlements and thousands of square miles by taking aim at the morale of retreating Russian forces, who witnesses to the fighting said seemed to have been surprised by the sudden counterattack.
Ukraine’s military redoubled calls for Russian soldiers to surrender and claimed it was already taking large numbers of Russian prisoners of war. The country’s military high command, without citing evidence, claimed on Tuesday that Moscow had ceased sending new units into battle because many volunteers “categorically refuse the prospect of service in combat conditions.”
The claims could not be verified. But senior Ukrainian officials are framing Moscow’s sudden and embarrassing loss of territory as a fresh opportunity to persuade Russian soldiers that they have been fighting for a lost cause.
Several dozen Russian soldiers stationed in the village of Verbivka appeared to make no special preparations either to defend or to retreat the evening before the Ukrainian army attacked on Sept. 6, residents said. Vitalii Bychok, a painter, said some soldiers changed into looted civilian clothes, leaving their military coats hanging on a fence.
Ukraine’s deputy defense minister, Hanna Malyar, said that some 150,000 people had been freed from Russian control in recent days. But 1.2 million people are still living in areas occupied by Russia, including half a million in the southern region of Kherson.
The Ukrainian military is also pushing an offensive in the south, although it has released only limited information and has barred access to the front for journalists, making many claims hard to verify. It has not released the number of Russian prisoners it has taken, but convincing Russians to surrender is a central part of the strategy in the offensive.
Ukrainian military intelligence has released what it says are intercepted calls from Russian soldiers complaining of a lack of military supplies as well as basics like food and water. Those intercepts, too, could not be independently verified.
Here are other developments:
Russian shelling escalated sharply in Bakhmut, a key Ukrainian stronghold in the Donbas region, as Moscow’s forces seek to keep pressure on Ukraine in the east amid setbacks elsewhere.
Armenia said that at least 49 service members had died in clashes with the Azerbaijani Army, the worst escalation of hostilities between the countries since a 2020 war over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. The fighting heightened fears that Russia, an ally of Armenia, could find itself entangled in a second war in addition to its invasion of Ukraine.
The strategy behind Ukraine’s recent advances began to take shape months ago during a series of conversations between Ukrainian and American officials about the way forward in the war, U.S. officials said.
The Ukrainian prosecutor general’s office said it was investigating possible war crimes in a recently liberated northeastern village. Law enforcement officials said they had discovered the tortured bodies of four civilians in Zaliznychne, in the Kharkiv region…..