Ukrainian troops appear to have forced a Russian retreat in Kharkiv, but analysts warn that Moscow’s forces are reorganizing and preparing for a blockade in the past. Meanwhile, shelling continues to kill and destroy infrastructure across the country. On Friday, Ukraine’s defense minister, Oleksiy Reznikov, warned of “a new, longer phase of the war.”
Here are the updates from the original battlefield:
Kharkiv: Ukrainian forces have launched an effective counter-attack in the vicinity of the northeastern city, pushing Russian troops to withdraw, but shelling continues. In Dehradun, two people were killed and four were injured after damage to a humanitarian agency, a registry office, part of a clinic and an ambulance building, Kharkiv Governor Oleg Sinegubov said in a telegram on Friday.
Luhansk: A Russian battalion crossing the Donetsk River, west of Severodonetsk, was destroyed after Ukrainian forces blew up pontoon bridges across the river this week, the British Ministry of Defense confirmed on Friday. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.
Donetsk: One civilian was killed and at least a dozen were injured in what became known as the “Russian Revolution,” the region’s governor, Pavlo Kirilenko, said on Friday. In the center of Donetsk, a stronghold of the Russian occupation forces, the invading forces shelled Avdivka Coke, Ukraine’s largest coke producer, and a chemical plant.
Mariupol: In the Russian-controlled port city, occupying forces continue bombing the Azovstal steel plant, where the last holdouts of the Ukrainian army have sheltered. Ukrainian officials say they are in talks with the Russians to release more than three dozen wounded fighters.