Moscow and Kiev exchange announcements of the deaths of dozens of soldiers

Ukrainian army repels 92 Russian attacks in 5 directions

Ukrainian soldiers of different brigades take part in a military exercise near the border with Belarus. Reuters

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine announced yesterday that the Ukrainian army was able to repel 92 Russian attack attempts in five directions, explaining in a statement that in the past 24 hours, Russian forces launched 12 air strikes and five missile strikes, two of them on the city of Zaporizhyzhia, and used the S-300 missile system to hit a civilian infrastructure target, noting the destruction of a building.

Ukrainian missile and artillery units targeted four groups of Russian troops, an ammunition depot and two Russian electronic warfare stations, it said.

Ukrainian Interior Minister Ihor Klimenko said Russia has carried out more than 40500,152 strikes on Ukrainian territory since the war began, adding in an interview with Ukrainian national television that Russian rockets and artillery have destroyed more than 400,<> residential buildings and <>,<> public infrastructure.

Ukraine and Russia have each other announced that dozens of soldiers have been killed, and Serhiy Shirifati, spokesman for Ukrainian forces in the east of the country, said 221 pro-Moscow forces had been killed and more than 300 wounded in Bakhmut.

In contrast, the Russian Defense Ministry said that up to 210 Ukrainian soldiers were killed in the part that represents the broader frontline in Donetsk.

Moscow did not specify the extent of the losses in Pakhmut, but the city east of Donetsk, which has become almost deserted, has become the site of one of the bloodiest and longest battles of the war that has dragged on for more than a year.

Each side admits to suffering and casualties in Bakhmot, while the exact death toll is difficult to verify from independent sources.

The Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Valery Zaluzhny, discussed with the Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mark Milley, Ukraine's defense needs.

Zaluzhny said, via his Telegram account: "I had a phone call with the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, and we discussed a number of topics that are important to us, and focused on the issue of Ukraine's defense needs," according to the official Ukrainian news agency "Ukraine Forum".

"We also discussed the supply of ammunition and equipment, the need to strengthen Ukrainian defense capabilities," added the Ukrainian army chief.

Zalugny, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, was also briefed on the situation on the battlefield, and the two sides agreed to continue dialogue and joint work.

"I am grateful to U.S. President Joe Biden, General Mark Milley personally, and all the American people for their support of Ukraine."

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba denied any involvement of Kiev in the bombing of the Nord Stream pipeline, saying: "I have no idea who did it."

Kuleba called on Germany to increase ammunition supplies to his country quickly, and said in remarks to the German weekly newspaper «Bild am Sonntag» in its issue issued yesterday, that the shortage of ammunition is the first problem in the struggle against the Russians, and added that Germany can provide assistance with artillery ammunition in particular, and pointed out that representatives of the German arms industry assured him that they are ready to supply ammunition, but the problem lies in the approval of the government in Berlin.