The sun is dawning in Europe and the 159th day of armed conflict has opened in Ukraine. This Saturday, July 30, the kyiv government decided to order the evacuation of civilians from the Donetsk region, the scene of heavy fighting between the Ukrainian army and Russian forces in eastern Ukraine.
This Sunday, several bombings once again hit the cities of Mikolaiv, but also Kharkiv and its surroundings, where Russian ground attacks seem to continue.
We reviewed the events that marked the last few hours.
The movement of Russian troops to Kherson
These last days have been marked by attempts of Ukrainian counter-offensives in the Kherson region, sometimes putting the Russian armed forces in difficulty.
This Sunday, July 31, in the evening, the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky once again spoke on his social networks. He claimed that the Russian army would move its troops to the south of the country. “Part of the Russian forces, from their positions in the east, were transferred to the south – in the Kherson and Zaporizhia regions…”, he explained.
According to Vadym Skibitskyn deputy head of Ukrainian military intelligence, this trip will be made in anticipation of a response to a Ukrainian counter-offensive. They can even be “launch their own offensive”.
Russia’s actions in the Kherson region are also confirmed in the latest report from the American Institute for War Studies (ISW), which states that “I amRussian forces continue to take defensive measures in Kherson Oblast in anticipation of a Ukrainian counter-offensive in the region” and that they also have “continues to encircle Ukrainian positions along the borders between Kherson-Mykolaiv and Kherson-Dnipropetrovsk oblast”.
Residents of Donetsk are still being told to evacuate
Ordered to evacuate on Saturday, July 30 by the Ukrainian government, many residents remain for now in the Donetsk region, where violent clashes are taking place between the Ukrainian army and the Russian armed forces. According to local officials, more than 50,000 children are still in the region, relaying British media The Guardian. “They must be evacuated, you cannot put them in mortal danger in the winter without heating, without light, without the possibility of warming them”, The Ministry of Reintegration of Kyiv in Temporarily Occupied Territories said in a statement.
New land raids in Izioum
In its latest report, published on Monday, August 1, 2022, the American Institute for War Studies reported new ground attacks by the Russian armed forces in the Izium sector, south of Kharkiv.
According to experts from the institute, “Russian forces carry out ground attacks” this Sunday, July 31 “to the southwest and northwest of Izium” and have “continues to bombard villages in this region”. According to the same source, the Russian attacks may now be concentrated in the northwest of Izium, with the aim of advancing towards the Kharkiv region.
The first shipment of grain could leave Ukraine on Monday
The spokesman of the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Sunday that a first ship to export cereals to Ukraine could leave the port of Odessa on Monday, August 1.
The information was also discussed in a meeting between the Turkish Minister of Defense and the Ukrainian Ministers of Defense and Infrastructure, Ankara was informed on Sunday. “ It is planned to start transportation as soon as possible,” the Turkish ministry said in a statement.
An agreement was signed between Russia and Ukraine on July 22 regarding Black Sea exports of Ukraine’s war-blocked cereals. An agreement was quickly undermined by the bombing of the Ukrainian port of Odessa by Russian armed forces, in the hours after the signing.