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Ukrainian army says Russian forces failed advance attempts on Kharkiv and Donetsk

Ukrainian army says Russian forces failed advance attempts in Kharkiv and Donetsk

Russian forces have made “unsuccessful” attempts to advance in eastern Ukraine’s Kharkiv and Donetsk regions, the Ukrainian army said on Thursday.

According to a post on the social network Facebook on the official page of the Ukrainian General Staff, the Russians also continue to launch missile attacks on transport infrastructure.

Moscow’s objective is to prevent the movement of humanitarian cargo and military technical assistance, accuses Kiev.

On the other hand, Moscow said its air force had destroyed 45 Ukrainian military installations in the latest series of attacks.

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov stressed that the targets hit this Thursday by the Russian Air Force include Ukrainian troops and concentrations of weapons and an ammunition depot in the eastern region of Lugansk.

Konashenkov’s statements could not be independently confirmed, reports the Associated Press (AP).

In Mariupol, a new humanitarian caravan of the United Nations (UN) is on its way to the Azovstal factory, the last stronghold of the Ukrainian resistance in that city, to carry out the evacuation of civilians, official sources said this Thursday.

“Today [quinta-feira]as we speak, a caravan is on its way to reach Azovstal tomorrow [sexta-feira] morning with the hope of recovering the remaining civilians from this dark hell they inhabited for so many weeks and months and bringing them back to safety,” UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Martin Griffiths told a conference in Warsaw.

A first operation of this type organized since last weekend by the UN and the Red Cross had already allowed the evacuation of 101 people from this immense metallurgical complex where civilians and the last Ukrainian fighters defending Mariupol are entrenched.

Russia launched a military offensive in Ukraine on February 24 that has killed more than 3,000 civilians, according to the UN, which warns that the real number is likely to be much higher.

The military offensive caused the flight of more than 13 million people, of which more than 5.5 million were out of the country, according to the latest UN data.

The Russian invasion was condemned by the international community in general, which responded by sending weapons to Ukraine and reinforcing economic and political sanctions on Moscow.

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