Ukraine halts some flows of Russian gas, claims battlefield gains

  • Ukraine redirects Russian gas to Europe
  • Ukraine’s counterattack could change the momentum of the war
  • Ukrainian forces seek to cut Russian supply lines
  • The United States is concerned about the future course of the war

KHARKIV, Ukraine (May 11) (Reuters) – Russian gas flows to Europe through a key transit point in Ukraine dried up on Wednesday, while Kyiv claimed battlefield gains over invading Russian forces, including retaking four villages around The second city of Kharkiv. .

Ukraine remained a major route for Russian gas to Europe even after President Vladimir Putin ordered what he called a “special military operation” on February 24.

Increasing Western sanctions seek to ban or phase out the use of Russian energy, a major source of financing for Putin’s war efforts and a weak point for Europe, especially Germany.

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The Ukrainian gas company blamed the interference of the Russian occupation forces for the suspension, and said on Tuesday that it would redirect gas from the Sukhranivka crossing point, located in an area occupied by Russian forces, to another point in an area controlled by Ukraine. Read more

Early on Wednesday, data from the network operator showed no nominations of Russian gas through the crossing point. Read more

Since Russia was forced to abandon an attack on the capital Kyiv at the end of March, its main force has been trying to encircle Ukrainian forces in the eastern Donbass region, using the city of Izyum near Kharkiv, in the northeast, as a base.

Ukrainian forces have mostly withstood attacks from three directions, and senior US intelligence officials say the war has now reached a stalemate.

US Director of National Intelligence Avril Hines said in Washington on Tuesday that Putin appeared to be preparing for a long conflict and that a Russian victory in the Donbass region might not end the war. Read more

But the counterattack near Kharkiv could signal a new phase, with Ukraine on the offensive, and supply lines to Russia likely now at risk.

President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Ukrainian successes are gradually pushing Russian forces out of Kharkiv, which has been bombed since the war began.

“But I also want to urge all our people … not to spread excessive sentiments. We should not create an atmosphere of excessive moral pressure, where weekly and even daily victories are expected,” Zelensky said in a video address.

collecting bodies

And in the villages of Stary Saltiv and Velkhivka near Kharkiv, Ukrainian soldiers collected the bodies of Russian soldiers killed in the fighting, according to Reuters witnesses.

The Ukrainian General Staff said in the early hours of Wednesday morning that the Russian forces are trying to prevent the Ukrainian forces from advancing towards the border in the Kharkiv region and are trying to fully control the town of Robyzhny.

Ukrainian border guards reported that Russian forces bombed the Sumy and Chernihiv regions near the border.

“Enemy planes twice fired unguided missiles at the border areas of Sumy. There were also two cases of mortar shelling in the Chernihiv region,” they said on their Telegram channel.

In the south, the Ukrainian armed forces said they bombed nine enemy targets, killing 79 soldiers and 12 pieces of equipment, including armored vehicles and howitzers.

The Russian fire was concentrated in the Mykolaiv region, where private homes were damaged, as well as farms and power lines to one town.

The Ukrainian General Staff said that Russian forces continued to bombard Azovstal steel plants in the southern port of Mariupol with artillery, tanks and aircraft, in an attempt to seize the last stronghold of Ukrainian resistance in the devastated city.

Ukraine says tens of thousands of people have been killed in the city during the two-month Russian siege.

Russia was trying to reinforce the exposed forces on Zmeny Island, also known as Snake Island, which was notorious for the hateful defiance of Ukrainian border guards early in the invasion.

“If Russia reinforces its position on the island of Zmini with strategic air defense and coastal defense cruise missiles, it could dominate the northwest Black Sea,” the British Ministry of Defense said in a circular.

She added that Russian resupply ships had the least amount of protection in the western Black Sea, after the Russian Navy retreated to Crimea following the loss of the flagship Moskva.

Reuters was not able to independently verify the news of the fighting.

The number of Ukrainians who have fled their country is close to 6 million, according to the United Nations, which says the refugee crisis is the fastest growing since World War II.

Russia denies targeting civilians and rejects Ukrainian and Western allegations of war crimes.

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Additional reporting by Tom Palmforth in Kyiv. Written by Rami Ayoub and Lincoln Fest. Editing by Stephen Coates, Robert Percell

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