As the conflict in Ukraine continues, recent updates indicate that Russian forces have made gains in the eastern direction, capturing a small settlement near Svatove and advancing near Bakhmut. The town of Krokhmalne, previously under Ukrainian control, has now been confirmed under Russian control. Despite changing hands multiple times in 2023, the settlement is currently reported as firmly in Russian hands.
In the Avdiivka front, Russian sources claim a breakthrough on the southern flank, taking control of the Tsarskaya Okhota fortification and the village of Skotovataya. Unconfirmed reports suggest Russian troops are moving towards the outskirts of Avdiivka, though the information is yet to be verified.
Additional claims from Russian forces state the capture of the settlement of Krokhmal’ne in the Kharkiv region, previously considered under Ukrainian control. Geolocated footage reveals further advances southeast of Ivanivske, with Russian troops gaining control of the access road into Klishchiivka from the north.
Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico is scheduled to meet Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhaľ in Uzhgorod next Wednesday. Fico plans to bring humanitarian aid and reiterate Slovakia’s stance of non-military assistance to Ukraine.
The European Union announces its capacity to produce at least 1.3 million shells by the end of the year, with the majority designated for Ukraine. European Commissioner Thierry Breton emphasizes the commitment to supporting Ukraine through artillery provisions.
President Joe Biden’s top aides convey to lawmakers in a private meeting that the failure of Congress to authorize additional military aid for Ukraine in the coming days could result in a swift victory for Russia, potentially within weeks.
The European Union proposes transforming the European Peace Facility into a €5 billion annual Ukraine Assistance Fund. This initiative aims to streamline support for Ukraine, focusing on joint procurement, training, and addressing urgent needs.
As the situation unfolds, the international community closely monitors developments in Ukraine, with diplomatic efforts and humanitarian aid playing crucial roles in shaping the course of events. The urgency of military aid authorization underscores the gravity of the situation and its potential implications for the ongoing conflict.