Here’s an overview of the recent events and developments during the 76th week of the russia-Ukraine war.
Ukraine liberates Urozhaine
Ukraine has successfully liberated Urozhaine in the Donetsk region, another success in its counter-offensive. Ukraine has also had successes in other directions, making progress in both the direction of Melitopol and Berdanysk. The counteroffensive continues on at a steady pace as much of the occupied territories have to first be demined before they can be crossed. This takes time and unlike russia, the AFU truly values the lives of its defenders so it refuses to take unnecessary risks.
Tragedy in Chernihiv after russian missile kills seven
On August 19th, a russian missile strike in Chernihiv killed seven civilians, including a six-year-old girl. In addition to the dead, the attack has left over one hundred people injured. The injured include several police officers and over ten children. The strike hit the theater in Chernihiv and also impacted the area around a church where many civilians were walking after services had ended. Ukraine needs more air defense systems and fighter aircraft to prevent these types of attacks from happening and destroying the lives of innocent Ukrainians.
New military aid for Ukraine this week
The United States and Sweden have both announced new military aid for Ukraine this week. Sweden will be transferring spare parts and ammunition while the US has agreed to send ammunition, demining equipment, and anti-tank weapons. Czechia has also announced that it is considering sending some of its helicopter fleet to Ukraine in the near future.
F-16s for Ukraine
In a press conference with President Zelensky, Denmark officially announced that it will transfer 19 F-16s to Ukraine after training has been completed. Furthermore, the Netherlands has indicated that they will also transfer some of their F-16s to Ukraine, an exact number that has yet to be announced. Additionally, according to Defense Minister Reznikov, Ukrainian pilots and other personnel necessary for the maintenance of F-16s have begun the earliest phases of training.
A successful meeting between President Zelenskyy and Swedish officials
This week, President Zelensky met with his Swedish counterparts to discuss the continued relationship between the two countries. The meeting had a number of important results, including the promise of Sweden’s support in Ukraine’s quest to join the EU and Ukraine’s peace formula. Furthermore, Ukrainian military personnel have begun training on Swedish Archer Artillery Systems as well as testing Gripen fighter jets. Sweden has also promised to transfer further military assistance and to help provide equipment to stabilize Ukrainian water supplies.