The hometown of Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy looks increasingly vulnerable, coming under repeated attacks from Russian forces in recent days. Ukraine’s southern army unit said Russia is building a military “strike force” to target Kryvyi Rih.
Early Thursday, Ukraine’s southern military command said the situation in its operational area — where fighting is intensifying around Kryvyi Rih, as well as Zaporizhzhia to the east and Mykolaiv and Kherson to the south — is “tense and complex.”
Ukraine has warned that Russia is carrying out a “massive redeployment” of troops from the east to the south of Ukraine as it tries to defend its territorial gains against Ukraine’s attempts to reclaim occupied Kherson and areas around Zaporizhzhia.
The battle for eastern Ukraine is ongoing. Zelenskyy described the situation in the Donbas as hellish, adding that Russia still has the upper hand in the region.
Kyiv has ordered the mandatory evacuation of residents in the Donbas amid intense fighting. (CNBC)