Rome, July 19, 2022 – Le Western weapons they are making a difference in war in Ukraine, now on the 146th day of clashes. This was stated by the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, in the usual nocturnal speech. Meanwhile, the Ukrainian leader is continuing his purges in the SBU, which many experts have started out of fear of an impending coup. After kicking out the head of the security service, Ivan Bakanov, also his childhood friend, and the Attorney General Iryna Venediktova, Zelensky threw the door 28 officials of different levels, always of internal intelligence, for “disappointing work results”.
Putin meets Erdogan
On the front of the Ukrainian grain blocked in ports yesterday Turkey declared that it has been reached a basic agreement. Today the Russian president Vladimir Putin he went to Tehran where he will have a meeting with the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoganwith whom he will discuss safe corridors for Ukrainian cereals, and with the Iranian president Ibrahim Raisi, to take stock of Syria. It is Putin’s first exit from the borders of the former Soviet Union since the beginning of the war on February 24, after he went to Tajikistan and Turkmenistan in June. The Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin spoke of the agreement, quoted by Ria Novosti, assuring that grain supplies from Ukraine they will not be subject to raids Russia, if an agreement is reached on their export via the Black Sea.
On the battlefield continues the pressure of the Russian army is concentrated always in the Donbass and to the south, in the direction of Odessa. The commander of the Ukrainian army, Valeriy Zaluzhniy, confirmed the importance of American Himars missile systems, that they are turning the tide of the battle on the ground because they allow the forces of Kiev to “maintain the defensive lines”, and to respond. Zelensky stressed that the Ukrainian forces are now “capable of inflicting significant logistical losses to the detriment of the occupiers” and that “it is increasingly difficult for the Russian army to maintain positions in the captured territories”.
According to British intelligence, in the daily war bulletin, Russia has reached a point where it must decide whether to conquer all of the Donbass or defend Kherson. According to the British 007, Moscow is “struggling with a shortage of soldiers, the Russian military must resolve a dilemma: deploy reserves in the Donbass or parry Ukrainian counterattacks in the southwestern sector of Kherson”.
Institute for the Study of war, on the other hand, argues that Moscow no longer has Slovyansk in its sights, but points to Siversk e Bakhmut. Furthermore, American analysts underline a possible threat to Putin’s plans at home, in fact “the probable effort of the Russian president to shoulder the burden of supporting operations in Ukraine. to ethnic minorities to avoid a general mobilization of the Russians could unleash a resistance “ among the same minorities in Russia.
South Odessa it remains Moscow’s main focus, but on the way to the city on the Black Sea it is there Mykolaiv, constantly bombed and destined to become a new Mariupol. Today they landed on Odessa seven “Kalibr” cruise missiles, launched from the Black Sea, the toll is at least six injured people, including a child. Serhiy Bratchuk, spokesman for the Odessa military administration, explained: six missiles escaped Ukrainian air defenses and hit areas with “civilian populations”.
Nuclear power plant accident
It is yellow on the accident that took place on Monday at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, in central Ukraine. According to what is learned from the CNN, there have been several deaths and 9 Russian soldiers are wounded. Enerhodar City Mayor Dmytro Orlov said Russian troops “were rushed to the city hospital with injuries of varying severity. Some had been hospitalized and one was in intensive care.” “There are also dead people, but at the moment we can’t give their exact number,” he added. The mystery of what happened remains, and the Russian media does not talk about it. The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant fell to the Russians in early March.