Videos released by Ukrainian authorities showed the devastation at a seaside resort in southern Ukraine on Tuesday, as European Union countries agreed to cut gas consumption following a further drop in supplies from Russia.
We provide updated information about the situation in Ukraine on the 153rd day of the war based on information from AFP journalists at the scene, official Ukrainian and Russian statements, Western sources, analysts and international organizations.
– South –
Footage released by the State Emergency Service of Ukraine showed the destruction of Zatoka, a Black Sea resort west of Odesa, after overnight Russian bombing.
Gutted houses, torn off roofs, scattered rubble… Early in the morning, firefighters actively extinguished the flames in a completely destroyed block of houses. “Morning. An ordinary village, Zatoka. People rested and lived,” President Volodymyr Zelenskyy reacted on Instagram.
“No (military) bases, no troops. Russian terrorists just wanted to shoot. They will have to answer for all this,” he said.
Ukrainian authorities currently report only one casualty as a result of this attack.
The port infrastructure was also bombed in the Mykolaiv region, reports the Ukrainian army, which reported on the destruction in the suburbs of this city, caused by Russian missiles from the Moscow-controlled Kherson region.
Odesa’s port was also hit on Saturday by the Russian military, which says it struck military infrastructure there. But “there is no indication that such targets were where the missiles fell,” the British Ministry of Defense commented on Tuesday.
Anti-ship missiles, which Russia claims to have targeted, delivered by the West to Ukraine, seriously limit the “effectiveness” of the Russian fleet in the Black Sea, London explained.
“This has significantly compromised Russia’s overall invasion plan, which cannot realistically attempt an amphibious assault to capture Odesa,” and will therefore still attempt to strike the anti-ship missiles that Kyiv is equipped with, the British ministry added on Twitter.
– East –
According to Serhii Gaidai, the Ukrainian governor of the Luhansk region, which has been fully controlled by Russia since early July, 12 Russians were killed in Ukrainian bombing of Lysychansk, the last town in the territory to fall into Moscow’s hands.
In the east of Donetsk region, which together with Luhansk is part of Donbas, three civilians were killed in the past 24 hours, Donetsk Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said on Tuesday.
“There is not a single settlement left in Donetsk region that was not affected and would be relatively safe,” Kyrylenko said in an interview with Ukrainian National Television.
According to the governor, in the Donetsk region on the night from Monday to Tuesday, the settlements “Toretsk, Avdiivka, Maryinka, Krasnohorivka” were shelled. Bakhmut “was the object of artillery shelling and airstrikes. Artillery fire was observed on the approaches to Sloviansk.”
The American Institute for the Study of War (ISW), for its part, highlighted the “tactical and operational limits” that Russian forces “constantly face on the battlefield,” taking the city of Novougansk, which they “have,” as an example. attacked unsuccessfully for two months.”
Novoluhansk, near Bakhmut, “is neither a large agglomeration nor particularly difficult terrain, but Russian troops have been fighting their way through it for weeks,” and its eventual capture would not even create “a favorable salient through which they can advance.” says ISW.
– European Gas Agreement –
European Union energy ministers met in Brussels on Tuesday to agree that their countries should cut gas consumption in a coordinated manner, coming to the aid of Germany after the announcement of a new sharp drop in Russian supplies.
“The European Union confirmed today (Tuesday) that it is one and only. We have taken a huge step forward to ensure the supply of gas this winter,” said Czech minister Josef Sikelá, whose country holds the EU Council presidency. EU.
However, Hungary on Tuesday denounced the “unjustified, unnecessary, unenforceable and harmful” agreement. Among the twenty-seven, only this country opposed the text, which is thus adopted by a qualified majority.
– Tens of thousands of dead –
There is no general assessment of civilian victims of the conflict. Only for the city of Mariupol (southeast), the Ukrainian authorities claim about 20,000 deaths.
According to the estimates of the special services of the United States and Great Britain, since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, about 15 thousand Russian soldiers have died. The commander-in-chief of the British armed forces, Admiral Tony Radakin, on Sunday estimated the number of Russian soldiers killed or wounded at 50,000.
Ukraine, for its part, reported 10,000 dead in the ranks of its troops.
There are no independent statistics.
– Ukrainian immigrants or refugees –
According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), more than six million Ukrainians are internally displaced persons.
They joined an estimated 5.5 million Ukrainians registered as refugees in other European countries since the invasion began.