On Thursday, the Ukrainian army declared a state of high alert in anticipation of a large-scale Russian missile attack in the country.
In addition, he confirmed that the Russian forces, which are superior in numbers in Donetsk, have intensified fighting in this region in eastern Ukraine.
The battles rage
The Ukrainian Deputy Minister of Defense, Ghana Malyar, said via the Telegram application that “battles are raging” in the vicinity of Bakhmut, which Russian forces have been trying to control for months, as well as in the vicinity of Voglidar, the city southwest of Donetsk.
This is the first time that the town of Voglidar, located in the southwestern part of the front line in the Donetsk region, has been explicitly mentioned as an area of ”intensive” fighting.
“Now in Donbass, against their numerical and military superiority, our preference lies in the professionalism of the military leadership and the courage of the soldiers,” Malyar said on Wednesday evening.
Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine (Reuters)-
Long range missiles and fighters
For his part, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called on Wednesday his Western allies to provide his country with long-range missiles and combat aircraft, following the long-awaited agreement of Washington and Berlin to send American and German heavy tanks to Kyiv.--
“We must also allow long-range missiles to be sent to Ukraine, this is important. We must also expand our cooperation in the field of artillery and (allow) the sending of combat aircraft,” Zelensky said in his daily video-evening speech.
Zelensky also thanked his US counterpart, Joe Biden, and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, for the decision they issued on Wednesday, in which they announced their agreement to send Western tanks to Ukraine, in a precedent of its kind since the start of the Russian attack on Ukraine in February 2022.
The key now is speed and quantity
“I thank all our allies for their willingness to give us indispensable modern tanks,” the Ukrainian president said.
However, Zelensky stressed that the “key” to defeating the Russian forces lies in the “speed and quantity” with which his country will obtain these heavy tanks.
“The key now is speed and quantity. The speed of training our soldiers, the speed of delivery of tanks…and the amount of support,” he said.