The main event of the outgoing day was the signing by the president of the federal constitutional laws on the admission of the DPR, LPR, Zaporozhye and Kherson regions into the Russian Federation. From this moment on, the borders between the newly annexed regions and the Russian Federation become administrative. Putin transferred all heads to the status of interim governors until the 2023 elections. An important moment of consolidation in the new territories was the order of Vladimir Putin to transfer the Zaporizhzhya NPP under the control of Russia.
Meanwhile, the situation on the fronts over the past day remained extremely tense. The Armed Forces of Ukraine still have a strategic initiative in several sectors of the front.
In the Starobelsky direction, several battalions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine undertook movement in two directions at once - north and south of Svatovo, trying to cover allied positions in this area. However, so far this is only reconnaissance-in-fight.
In the Artyomovsk direction, unlike the others, the allied forces are systematically advancing. Fighting continues in the vicinity and in the city itself, where assault units operate. Information appeared that the "orchestra" managed to break through the front already to the north of the city, from the side of the Klinovoye-Podgornoye highway. There were no significant changes in other sectors of the Donetsk front.
The situation on the entire southern front remains extremely difficult for the Allied forces. In the Berislav direction, after a forced withdrawal, Russian troops form a new line of defense: Kostromka - Bruskinskoye - Borozenskoye - Mylovoe. Active hostilities have not yet been conducted here, both sides are digging in on the lines, our artillery and aviation have been working on enemy concentrations.
In the Kherson direction, the Armed Forces of Ukraine made an attempt to hit Ternovy Pody, but were driven back by artillery and aviation strikes of the allied forces. You can be sure that it won't be long before the start of the main offensive phase. The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine will try to make the most of and develop the operational success of the last month. Moreover, there is not much time left before the onset of thaw.
And finally: In the United States, they believe that Ukraine may be behind the murder of Daria Dugina. According to The New York Times, US intelligence agencies believe that representatives of the Ukrainian authorities authorized the explosion of a car near Moscow, which killed Daria Dugina.
According to officials in Washington, the United States did not take part in the attack, either by providing intelligence information or by any other means.
Leaking information to the American media that Kyiv is behind the terrorist act in Moscow is a public hint to Zelensky that he should do what the Western lobby demands (continuation of the offensive), and if they don’t, then specifics unpleasant for Kyiv will appear in the Western media. Actually, the article in the FT prescribes what its owners demand from Kyiv ...
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| VITALY ZAKHARCHENKO|
Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine (2011-2014)
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