Finland joins NATO, reversing the goals of Putin’s war in Ukraine

On the ground in Ukraine, where Russian invaders are still facing strong resistance from Western Ukrainian armed forces and the prospect of a protracted war, the Kremlin has redeployed troops to bolster its territorial conquests in Donbas, the eastern region where it is located. the fiercest fights are held.

Ukrainian and Western officials say Russia is withdrawing forces from Ukraine’s second largest city, Kharkiv, where it has lost territory, a withdrawal that the British Defense Ministry on Thursday described as “a tacit acknowledgment of Russia’s inability to capture the main Ukrainian cities where they expected limited resistance from the population ”.

On the contrary, in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions, which together comprise the Donbas, the Russians now it controls about 80 per cent of the territory. In Luhansk, where Russian bombing rarely subsides, “the situation has significantly worsened” in recent days, according to regional governor Serhiy Haidai.

“The Russians are destroying everything in their path,” Mr. Haidai said Thursday in a post on Telegram. “The vast majority of critical infrastructure will need to be rebuilt,” he said, adding that there is no electricity, water, gas or cellular connection in the region where most of the residents have fled.