Several people are said to have been killed in Russian attacks in central Ukraine. The Ukrainian military says it bombed a Russian-held bridge in Kherson. This should no longer be usable, the Russian army cut off on the shore and “extremely vulnerable”. All news about the war in Ukraine can be found in the ticker.

8:25 p.m .: According to media reports, several people died on Thursday as a result of Russian attacks in Ukraine. At least five people were killed and 26 others injured in a rocket attack on the central Ukrainian city of Kropvnitsky, Ukrainian media reported, citing the head of the local military administration, Andriy Rajkovich. Civilians are among the injured. According to the online newspaper Ukrajinska Pravda, at least 15 people were injured in further rocket attacks in the Kyiv region. Civilians are also affected here.

According to media reports, at least four people were killed by Russian shelling in the Donetsk region. According to the Ukrainian General Staff, fighting between troops from Kiev and Moscow in the eastern war zone of Donetsk is moving closer to the towns of Bakhmut and Soledar. The Ukrainian general staff announced that the enemy had achieved partial success near Werschyna, south-east of Bakhmut. The information cannot be verified independently. Ukraine has been repelling a Russian invasion for more than five months.

11:05 a.m .: According to their own statements, Russian units have arrested 21 “accomplices” of the Ukrainian army in occupied areas in southern Ukraine. During the deployment of the National Guard in the Cherson and Zaporizhia regions, 13 grenade launchers, large quantities of ammunition, 53 hand grenades and more than 24 kilograms of explosives were also confiscated, the Moscow-installed regional administration in Cherson said.

According to the Russian news agency RIA Novosti, those arrested are a group of agents who provided the Ukrainian army with information about the deployment of Russian forces in Kherson in preparation for rocket and artillery attacks.

The Ukrainian army bombed a strategically important bridge in the city as part of its counter-offensive in Cherson on Wednesday. The Russian army had used the Antonivka Bridge over the Dnipro River as an important supply route.

In the fight against the Russian troops, the Ukrainian army can now fall back on missiles with a longer range as a result of western arms deliveries, which enable them to attack Russian supply routes deeper in the occupied territories.

9:52 a.m .: According to British estimates, the Ukrainian counter-offensive in the Cherson region in the south of the country is picking up speed. “Your forces have most likely established a bridgehead south of the Inhulets River, which forms the northern border of Russian-held Kherson,” the Defense Ministry said in London on Thursday. The Inhulets is a tributary of the Dnipro River.

Using western-supplied artillery, Ukrainian forces damaged at least three bridges across the Dnipro River that Russia relies on to supply its occupied territories, sources said, citing intelligence information. One of them is the one-kilometer-long Antonivskyj Bridge near the city of Kherson, which was hit again on Wednesday and is now most likely unusable.

This makes the Russian 49th Army, which is stationed on the west bank of the Dnipro, “extremely vulnerable”. The city of Cherson, politically the most important city under Russian control, is now as good as cut off from the rest of the occupied territories. “Losing them would seriously undermine Russian attempts to portray the occupation as a success,” the UK MoD said.

9.30 a.m .: According to Ukraine, Russia has been attacking the city of Chernihiv in the north of the country since early in the morning. According to the Northern Command of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, nine missiles are said to have landed in the region. That explained the command on Telegram. So far there have been no reports of possible damage.

According to the report, the attacks came from Belarus. The city of Chernihiv is located just a few kilometers from the Belarusian border. As the operational base of the Northern Command, it is a strategically important city for the Ukrainian army. The information cannot be independently confirmed.

Other cities in Ukraine are said to have been fired at with rockets from Belarus. Kyiv is said to be among the cities that were hit. More than 20 rockets are said to have hit in total.

5:57 a.m.: Ukraine is said to have hit another important bridge over the Dinipro, according to reports. “The river crossing is now completely impassable,” it said. The bridge represents an important Russian supply route and is now cut off. Read more about this here.

Thursday, July 28, 1:35 a.m.: According to US estimates, more than 75,000 people were killed or wounded on the Russian side in the war against Ukraine. This was reported by the broadcaster CNN, citing members of the US House of Representatives on Wednesday (local time).

“We were informed that more than 75,000 Russians were either killed or injured, which is enormous,” the channel quoted Democratic Rep. Elissa Slotkin, who previously attended a secret US government briefing. The US foreign intelligence agency CIA recently estimated that 15,000 people had died on the Russian side. There is no current information from the official authorities in Russia on the number of deaths.

10:45 p.m .: The head of the pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region has called on Russia to conquer most of Ukraine. “Today is the time to liberate Russian cities founded by Russians: Kyiv, Chernihiv, Poltava, Odessa, Dnipro, Kharkiv, Zaporizhia, Lutsk,” wrote separatist leader Denis Pushilin on Wednesday in the online service Telegram on the anniversary of the liberation of the Belarusian ones City of Brest by the Nazis.

The cities identified by Pushilin as “Russian” cover almost the entire territory of Ukraine. Russia has captured much of southern and eastern Ukraine since late February, but failed in its attack on the capital, Kyiv.

Before the start of the offensive at the end of February, Russian President Vladimir Putin recognized the independence of the two self-proclaimed People’s Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk. In his view, Ukraine was artificially separated from Russia.

5.10 p.m .: In a Russian attack on a hotel and residential building in Bachmuth, in the Donzek Oblast, according to the Ukrainian state emergency service, two people were killed and four injured. This is reported by the “Kyiv Independent”. The rescue work is currently underway, explains the Ukrainian emergency service.

4:52 p.m .: According to the Ukrainian general staff, Russian missiles accidentally destroyed their own Kremlin units near Kherson. This is reported by the Ukrainian General Staff on Twitter.

Accordingly, three Russian Ka-52 helicopters were to attack the Ukrainian army in the Cherson region the day before. According to the General Staff, the Russian missiles instead destroyed their own units. “A gesture of goodwill by the occupiers,” the tweet reads.

It is also said that the Russian air defense systems could only destroy one of the three attack helicopters. This information could not be independently verified.

11.20 a.m .: The Ukrainian army bombed a strategically important bridge during its counter-offensive in the city of Cherson in southern Ukraine, which was occupied by Russian troops. The Ukrainian military released video Wednesday morning apparently showing rockets being fired at the bridge.

The deputy head of the Russian-deployed regional administration in Kherson, Kirill Stremusov, confirmed the attack. The attack will affect the outcome of the fighting in the region “in no way,” he said in a video message.

The Russian army had used the Antonivka Bridge over the Dnipro River as an important supply route to Kherson. “Occupiers should learn how to swim across the Dnipro River,” Ukrainian presidential aide Mykhailo Podoliak wrote on Twitter. “Or they should leave Kherson while it’s still possible.”

In the fight against the Russian troops, the Ukrainian army can now fall back on missiles with a longer range as a result of western arms deliveries, which enable them to attack Russian supply routes deeper in the occupied territories.

Wednesday, July 27, 7:58 a.m .: The Ukrainian military says it has completely conquered the small town of Andriyivka in the Cherson region in the south of the country. “Andriyivka has been liberated and finally cleared of the Russian occupying forces,” spokesman for the “South” command center of the Ukrainian troops, Vladyslav Nazarov, said in a video message on Tuesday evening. The information cannot be verified independently. While troops loyal to Moscow continue to have the initiative in the east of the country, Kyiv has now counterattacked in the south.

According to Nazarov, the Ukrainian forces also captured the neighboring town of Losowe a few days ago. Mainly, however, the battles are still being fought by means of artillery on supply lines. The military administration deployed by Moscow in the Kherson region reported another shelling of a bridge over the Dnipro River.

The 1.4-kilometer-long car bridge in the regional capital of Cherson was still intact, a spokesman for the administration said on Wednesday night. He later acknowledged that the bridge was damaged and closed to traffic.

The bridges are strategically important because the Dnipro carries a lot of water and is therefore difficult to cross. The primary goal of the Ukrainian military is to push the occupying Russian troops back to the line behind the Dnipro. To do this, they are attempting, among other things, to shut down the supply lines with the help of the Himar rocket launchers supplied by the USA.

7:37 p.m .: In the eastern Ukrainian region of Donetsk, the Russian troops say they have taken control of Ukraine’s largest coal-fired power plant near Svitlodarsk. On Tuesday, the media of the Donetsk separatists already reported the capture. Pictures should prove the presence of Russian mercenaries of the so-called Wagner group in front of the administration building. According to other reports, however, the fighting around the power plant site, which had been going on since the end of May, continued. The information cannot be verified independently.

The Ukrainian General Staff no longer mentioned the power plant in its evening situation report. Instead, the military leadership only reported fighting around Semyhirya, which was a little further to the west. In the morning report there was still talk of air raids on Ukrainian positions on the power plant site.

4:10 p.m .: During the war in Ukraine, Russia claims to have attacked a base of the so-called International Legion with foreign fighters with rockets. Several dozen foreigners were killed near Kostyantynivka in the Donetsk region, the Russian Defense Ministry announced in Moscow on Tuesday. The majority of those killed were Poles, it said.

The information cannot be independently verified. The International Legion fighting in the Ukrainian army only provides isolated information on its own losses and does not provide any information on the composition of the volunteer unit, which also includes Germans.

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