This handout, provided by Ukrainian troops on Thursday, shows a ruined Float crossing dozens of destroyed or damaged Russian armored vehicles on both banks of the Donets River after the Float Bridge was blown up in eastern Ukraine. It is said to show.

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This handout, provided by Ukrainian troops on Thursday, shows a ruined Float crossing dozens of destroyed or damaged Russian armored vehicles on both banks of the Donets River after the Float Bridge was blown up in eastern Ukraine. It is said to show.

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Kyiv, Ukraine — Russian troops have withdrawn from Ukraine’s second largest city after several weeks of heavy bombing, Ukrainian troops said on Saturday.

Ukrainian counsel has withdrawn from the northeastern city of Kharkov and supplied routes, while Russians have launched mortars, artillery and air strikes in eastern Donetsk Oblast to “deplete Ukrainian troops and destroy fortresses.” He said he was focusing on security.

Defense Minister Olexie Reznikov said Ukraine is “entering a new-long-term-stage of war.”

President Volodymyr Zelensky said that when the country’s supreme prosecutor brought Russian soldiers to war crimes, the first of the dozens that could be prosecuted was for Ukrainians to drive out invaders. We are making “maximum efforts” and the outcome of the war is support from Europe and other allies.

“Today, no one can predict how long this war will last,” Zelensky said in his nightly video speech late Friday.

Russia’s attack on Donbus, a mining and industrial area partially dominated by Moscow-backed separatists since 2014, has made no significant progress on either side and has turned into a slogan before and after. It looked like there was.

After failing to occupy the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, Russian troops decided to concentrate on Donbus, but the troops struggled to acquire and maintain their position. Before the war, Ukraine had some of the most highly trained soldiers in the region to stave off Russian-backed rebels.

Russia occupied several villages and towns during the invasion. The Ukrainian captain of Luhansk Oblast in Donbas said on Friday that Russian troops had almost complete control of the prewar city of Rubizhne, with a population of about 55,000.

Zelenskyy said Ukrainian troops have also advanced and regained six Ukrainian towns and villages in the past day.

Western officials said Ukraine had repelled Russian troops around Kharkov. Mainly Russian-speaking cities were Russia’s main military target in the early stages of the war, when Moscow still wanted to occupy and retain major cities in Ukraine.

The Institute for the Study of War, a Washington-based think tank, said Ukraine “seems to have won the Battle of Kharkiv.” “Instead of occupying Kharkov, Ukrainian troops stopped Russian troops from siege and then expelled them from around the city,” he said.

Regional Governor Oleh Sinegubov said in a Telegram messaging app post that there were no artillery attacks on Kharkov in the past day.

He said Ukraine launched a counterattack near the city of Izyum, 125 kilometers (78 miles) south of Kharkov. The city has been under effective Russian control since at least the beginning of April.

Ukraine’s independent military analyst, Oleg Zidanov, said the fighting on the Siverskyi Donets near the city of Severodonetsk was fierce and Ukraine launched a counterattack but could not stop Russia’s advance.

“Most of the Ukrainian troops are destined-there are about 40,000 Ukrainian soldiers,” he said.

Special task force officers visited the scene on Friday after Russian troops bombed Lysychans’k in the Luhansk region of Ukraine.

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However, Russian troops suffered heavy losses in the Ukrainian attack and destroyed a boat bridge that was being used to cross the same river (the largest in eastern Ukraine) in the town of Birohorifka, Ukrainian and British officials said in Moscow. The struggle to save the failed war mentioned in the signs of.

Ukrainian paratroopers have released photos and videos of a damaged Russian boat bridge over the Donets River and at least 73 destroyed or damaged Russian military vehicles nearby.

The British Ministry of Defense said Russia had lost at least one battalion tactical group of “significant armor maneuvers” in the attack. The Russian battalion tactical group consists of an army of about 1,000 people. The dangerous river crossing is a sign that “Russian commanders are being pressured to advance operations in eastern Ukraine.”

Zelenskyy said in his nightly video speech to the country that Ukrainians are doing everything they can to get rid of the Russians, but “everyone today can predict how long this war will last. Can not”.

“Unfortunately, this won’t depend solely on our people who are already doing their best,” he said. “This depends on our partners, European countries, the entire free world.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin wages a war in Ukraine with the aim of stopping NATO enlargement in Eastern Europe. However, I am worried that the invasion of Ukraine may bring other countries along the Russian side.

This week, the Finnish President and Prime Minister announced that they would like to seek access to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Swedish officials can follow up within a few days. When Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country was “unfavorable” to this idea, the potential bids of the Nordic countries to join the Western military alliance were questioned.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will meet with his NATO counterparts, including the Turkish Foreign Minister, in Germany this weekend.

At the abandoned southern port of Mariupol, Ukrainian fighters trapped in a steel mill faced a continuation of Russia’s attack on the city’s last stand. Sviatoslav Palamar, deputy commander of the Azov Battalion in Ukraine, said his army would do “as much as possible” despite the lack of ammunition, food, water and medicine.

Ukraine’s deputy prime minister, Irina Bereshuk, told the country’s Suspilne press on Saturday that Ukrainian authorities are negotiating the evacuation of 60 seriously injured troops from the steelworks. She said Russia did not agree to evacuate all injured fighters in hundreds of factories.

Mariupol’s aide said that the city, which had a prewar population of over 400,000, still has 150,000 to 170,000 civilians. In a telegram post, Petro Andrewsichenko said the inhabitants were “hostages” of the occupied Russian troops and “there were few opportunities to flee to Ukraine.”

In Kieu, Ukrainian soldiers in white protective clothing loaded the bodies of Russian soldiers into refrigerated vehicles. The body was wrapped in a white body bag and stacked to a depth of several layers.

Colonel Volodimir Lyamujin, who oversaw the operation, said hundreds of bodies were stored on trains in the capital and several other storage trains. He said Ukraine was ready to hand over the body to Russia, but so far there was no agreement to do so.

Journalists squeezed into a small court in Kieu on Friday and tried a captive Russian soldier accused of killing Ukrainian citizens early in the war.

On February 28, four days after the invasion, Sishimarin was sentenced to life imprisonment for shooting the head of a 62-year-old Ukrainian man through an open car window in a village in northeastern Sumy Oblast. There is a possibility.

Sisimarin, a member of the tank unit captured by the Ukrainian army, admitted that he had shot civilians in a video posted by the Security Service of Ukraine and said he was ordered to do so.

The trial, which will resume on Wednesday, will be carefully watched by international observers to ensure its impartiality.

Ukrainian prosecutor Iryna Venediktova said she is preparing for a war crime against 41 Russian soldiers on crimes such as bombing civilian infrastructure, killing civilians, rape and plundering.

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