Here’s an overview of the recent events and developments during the 78th week of the russia-Ukraine war.
Ukraine liberates Robotyne
This week, following last week’s successful liberation of Urozhaine, Ukraine has liberated the village of Robotyne in Zaporizhzhia Oblast. According to news reports, the AFU believes it has begun to break through russia’s most difficult lines of defence in the south of Ukraine. With these barriers broken down, progress in the counteroffensive may pick up speed.
Ukrainian Intelligence Operation Showcases Remarkable Ingenuity
This week, it was revealed that Ukraine’s military intelligence had successfully conducted a bold and ingenious months-long operation that led a russian pilot to defect with his helicopter to Ukraine. The pilot flew his MI-8 military helicopter from russia to an airfield in Ukraine, handing the aircraft over to Ukraine. According to Ukrainska Pravda, spare parts for fighter jets may also have been on board the aircraft. Either way, the operation is a success as it gives Ukraine an extra helicopter and demonstrates Ukrainian resourcefulness.
Major International Support
This week, lots of new military and financial aid has been announced for Ukraine. Britain will transfer over 220 million euros to Ukraine for nuclear security. Japan has pledged to provide funds to help aid Ukraine’s reconstruction. In terms of new military aid, Croatia announced that it will send another military aid package to Ukraine amounting to 30 million euros and the Netherlands has recently delivered equipment that will help demine military fortifications. Furthermore, Finland has announced a military aid package worth over one hundred million euros. Lastly, as a token of its support for Ukraine, the company Baykar donated a Bayraktar TB2 for free to Ukraine’s military as an Independence Day gift.
Plans Coming Together for Ukraine’s F-16s
Since the official announcement that some of Ukraine’s allies will provide F-16s to Ukraine, more details have been announced regarding the new aircraft for Ukraine. Denmark has already begun training pilots on F-16s and during a visit to Greece, President Zelenskyy announced that Greece has shown itself willing to assist in training. Portugal is also willing to assist in training and the Norwegian Prime Minister stated that Norway is willing to transfer some of its planes to Ukraine. A spokesman for the Air Force has stated that Ukraine needs over one hundred aircraft in order to use them strategically and in the best manner possible.
Ukraine Returned 11 Abducted Children From russia
This week, Ukraine returned eleven children home from russia and territories temporarily held by russia. russia has repeatedly been accused of abducting children from Ukraine and taking them away from their families to be “re-educated.” It is a difficult task to find these children so that they can be reunited with their families but Ukrainians persist in making sure that children are returned to their homeland.