Monday, April 11, 2022

Ukraine ‘won the battle’ for Kyiv — But Donbas is Next; Ukrainian Defenders Dig In as Russia Lines Up More Firepower; Ukraine, Russia Gear Up for War’s Biggest Battles; US will supply Ukraine with 'the weapons it needs' against Russia, LIVE UPDATES and MORE

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Ukraine ‘won the battle’ for Kyiv — but Donbas is next, foreign minister warns:
Ukraine’s foreign minister claimed Sunday that his country had “won the battle” for Kyiv but warned combat will ramp up in Donbas — as chilling photos showed an 8-mile Russian convoy heading toward the region.
Ukrainian officials also reported finding a new mass grave filled with dozens of civilian corpses in the newly liberated village of Buzova outside Kyiv.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba hailed Ukrainian forces for retaking Kyiv and its surrounding area from Russian troops but said the Kremlin is preparing to launch brutal new efforts.
“It’s true to say that Ukraine won the battle for Kyiv. Now, another battle is coming, the battle for Donbas,” Kuleba told NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “And of course, we are preparing to it, working with our partners to get all necessary weapons, and literally basically everything that one needs to win a battle.”
Kuleba said Ukraine’s military has proven itself to be one of the “strongest” globally.
“I believe it will not be an exaggeration to say that Ukraine proved to have one of the strongest army in the world, maybe the second strongest after the United States,” he said. --->READ MORE HERE
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Ukrainian defenders dig in as Russia lines up more firepower:
Ukrainian forces dug in while Russia lined up more firepower Sunday and tapped a decorated general to take centralized control of the war ahead of a potentially decisive showdown in eastern Ukraine that could start within days.
Experts said the next phase of the battle may begin with a full-scale offensive. The outcome could determine the course of the conflict, which has flattened cities, killed untold thousands and isolated Moscow economically and politically.
Questions remain about the ability of Russia’s depleted and demoralized forces to conquer much ground after their advance on the capital, Kyiv, was repelled by determined Ukrainian defenders. Britain’s Defense Ministry reported Sunday that the Russian forces were trying to compensate for mounting casualties by recalling veterans discharged in the past decade.
Meanwhile, a senior U.S. official said Russia appointed Gen. Alexander Dvornikov, one of its most seasoned military chiefs, to oversee the invasion. The official was not authorized to be identified and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Until now, Russia has had no central war commander on the ground.
The new battlefield leadership comes as the Russian military prepares for what is expected to be a large, focused push to expand control in the country’s east. Russia-backed separatists have fought Ukrainian forces in the eastern Donbas region since 2014 and declared some territory there as independent. --->READ MORE HERE
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