Here’s an overview of the recent events and developments during the 73d week of the russia-Ukraine war.
Ukraine counteroffensive progress: Liberation of Staromaiorske
Ukraine’s Armed Forces (AFU) have successfully liberated the town of Staromaiorske in Donetsk Oblast. The liberation is a success of the counteroffensive which has begun to quicken its pace in the last week. In addition to the liberation of Staromaiorske, the AFU have also made gains in the south and in the direction of Bakhmut. Ukraine’s counteroffensive has been methodical, moving carefully to protect the lives of its defenders and avoid the reckless mistakes made by russia many times over.
Terror in Dnipro: russian missile strike hits apartment building
On July 28th, russia launched a missile strike on Dnipro, striking a residential building. According to the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine, two of the civilians injured in the attack were children and another was an elderly woman. Luckily, the building was only recently built so many of the apartments were vacant at the time of the attack. Unfortunately, there may be more attacks like this in the future because russia attacks civilian infrastructure on a regular basis. Therefore, Ukraine needs modern aircraft and more air defense systems to prevent these types of attacks.
Italy recognizes Holodomor as a genocide
With 130 senators voting in favor, Italy has officially recognized the Holodomor as an act of genocide against the people of Ukraine. The acknowledgment is a strong signal from Italy and other allies who have also voted in favor of such recognition, that russia has exhibited a long and consistent pattern of terror against the Ukrainian people that goes much further back in history than the annexation of Crimea in 2014.
Self-Reliant: Ukraine produces new weapons to defend itself
War has not stopped Ukraine from innovating and producing new weapons to defend itself. According to CNN, Ukraine has produced a new maritime drone that can travel around 800 kilometers and carries many kilograms of explosives. Prime Minister Shmyhal has also announced that the government has dedicated over one billion dollars to the use of producing more unmanned aerial vehicles. Innovation and resilience in the manufacturing of new weapons show that Ukraine will never give up and will continue to fight to defend its land.
Friends indeed: more aid for Ukraine
The United States announced a new military package for Ukraine valued at 400$ dollars. The package includes anti-aircraft and anti-armor systems, armored personnel carriers, and various types of ammunition. Additionally, Spain has stated that it will transfer tanks, trucks, and armored vehicles amongst other types of equipment. Furthermore, the EU has instituted and will carry out its new policy of increasing the shells produced for Ukraine. This is critical because artillery on the battlefield is very important and artillery usage is at its best when there is ample supply of shells that can be relied upon. Norway has also agreed to donate over 20$ million euros to an EU fund that will use the money for spare parts and ammunition to send to Ukraine.