Ukraine – war with Russia.  Weekly summary – most important events

Russian forces intensified their attacks on Ukraine's energy infrastructure. As a result, the Treblska Heat and Power Plant, the largest power plant in central Ukraine, was completely destroyed. According to military analysts in Kiev, the intensification of attacks indicates the approaching Russian attack, and the directions of expansion have been “selected.”

The Ukrainian energy company said in a statement after a massive missile attack by Russian forces: “This is a black day in the history of Centrenyrho.” From Wednesday to Thursday, Russia attacked critical infrastructure in Ukraine with more than 40 missiles and about 40 drones.

After the attack, when the weather alert was cancelled, Kiev media reported, citing their own sources, that the Trebylska heat and power plant in the Kiev region had been damaged. In a statement shortly afterwards, Centrenerho indicated that the heating and power plant had been “completely destroyed”.

Destruction of a thermal power plant near KyivChristopher Miller/X

“The scale of the devastation is enormous. It cannot be estimated in money. This is the biggest challenge for us in the entire history of the company,” Andre Hota, president of Centrenerho, said in a Facebook post.

Hota reported that the strikes caused a widespread fire in the turbine hall. He did not specify what struck the power station: drones or missiles. According to reports, workers at the factory were not harmed.

Burning thermal power plant near Kyiv Ihor Mosijok/Telegram

Trebilsk Heat and Power Plant is the largest power station in central Ukraine, providing electricity to the population of three regions: Kiev (1.8 million people, this number does not include Kiev), Zhytomyr (1.2 million people) and Cherkasy (1.1 million people).

Despite Sternirho's alarming statements, Ukrainian energy experts expect that there will be no “disaster” due to the destruction of the Trebylska heat and power plant, because it was not operating at full capacity. Only one unit of this plant was commissioned because Centrenerho was unable to supply more coal for this facility.

Attacks indicate an imminent attack

According to military analysts in Kiev, the intensification of attacks on energy infrastructure indicates the approaching Russian attack. According to previous and current expectations of the authorities in Kiev, this may happen at the end of May or the beginning of June.

It is clear that the directions of this expansion have already been determined. We are talking about the complete occupation of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. There have been some changes on the front and the enemy now also dreams of completely occupying the entire Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions. The intensification of the actions of Russian troops in the direction of Kobani is also not accidental and indicates an attack, Vladislav Seleznyov, former spokesman of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, told the Ukrainian portal NV.

Soldiers of the Ukrainian Air Force at positions in the Zaporizhzhya region

Soldiers of the Ukrainian Air Force at positions in the Zaporizhzhya region Reuters

According to reports from the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the heaviest fighting is currently concentrated in the Liman, Avdiyev and Bakhmuk sectors in Donbas, where Ukrainian forces are confronting dozens of Russian attacks.

The Supreme Commander of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Oleksandr Sersky, said on Saturday that the situation in eastern Ukraine had “deteriorated significantly” in recent days.

“The enemy is actively attacking our positions in the Limansk and Pakhmuki directions using assault groups supported by armored vehicles. In the area of ​​​​the city of Pokrovsk, he is trying to break through our defense using dozens of tanks and infantry combat. This is favored by warm and dry weather, causing “most Open areas of terrain are available to tanks.”

Changing tactics at sea

The Russian army changes its tactics at sea. Ukrainian Navy spokesman Dmytro Pletinchuk said that the occupiers had begun using submarines to launch missiles at Ukraine.

The military explained that in the past six months, the Russians have used submarines to launch missiles at least twice.

According to Petinchuk, Russian forces are “looking for ways to use their capabilities to confront the dangers that await them in the Black Sea.” The spokesman estimates that the Russians currently possess three submarines that can launch missiles toward Ukraine.

According to the Ukrainian Navy, Russia has not recently sent its ships to serve in the Black Sea due to attacks by Ukrainian forces.

The mobilization bill was approved. After months of delay

The Ukrainian Parliament, after months of delay and numerous amendments, adopted the Mobilization Law. The regulations establish new rules for recruiting conscripts. Their ages were reduced from 27 to 25.

At the end of last year, Ukrainian leaders indicated that the army needed between 450 and 500 thousand additional soldiers.

At the beginning of April, Zelensky, when asked about the number of people mobilized, admitted that he “cannot say anything about the exact number of people who will be mobilized,” while at the same time admitting that the number of half a million is “exaggerated.”

The commanders of the Ukrainian forces fighting the Russian army in the east and south of the country admitted that their main problem is the shortage of soldiers, because the number of Russian forces is seven or even ten times greater.

The Ukrainian Parliament supported the mobilization law

The Ukrainian Parliament supported the mobilization law Reuters

Russian losses according to Kyiv

According to the latest estimates of the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, more than 453,000 Russian soldiers have been killed since the beginning of the armed invasion in Ukraine.

The Russian army also lost more than seven thousand tanks, more than 13 thousand armored vehicles, and 11.5 thousand. Artillery systems.

The Ukrainians systematically publish Russian losses, but Kiev does not disclose its losses. In February this year, President Volodymyr Zelensky said that 31,000 Ukrainian soldiers died during the invasion, and no other figures have been released since.

Main image source: Press Service of the Russian Ministry of Defense/PAP/EPA

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