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Russo-Ukrainian war, day 781: Zelenskyy urges US to “strengthen allies” as Russia aims to capture Chasiv Yar by 9 May

Today intelligence officials have also confirmed Ukraine’s successful strike against a Russian command post in occupied Luhansk.
Russo-Ukrainian war, day 781: Zelenskyy urges US to “strengthen allies” as Russia aims to capture Chasiv Yar by 9 May

Military

Russian forces attacked Donetsk, Kharkiv and Sumy regions in the last 24 hours: an overview of events. In the last 24 hours, Russian forces have attacked multiple Ukrainian border regions with drones and types of weaponry. Targets included locations in Kharkiv, Donetsk and the Sumy regions, with multiple wounded and fatal casualties as a result.

Ukraine top military: Russian forces set deadline to capture Donetsk’s Chasiv Yar by May 9. Ukraine’s military chief says Russians aim to seize Donetsk Oblast’s Chasiv Yar by 9 May, directing efforts in Bakhmut’s vicinity, but Ukrainian defense holds strong, utilizing drones and artillery to disrupt and repel Russian infantry attacks.

Ukraine Air Force confirms April 13 strike on Russian command center in occupied Luhansk. Ukrainian Air Force Commander reports that yesterday Ukrainian pilots conducted a successful strike on the command post of the “”Center”” grouping of Russian forces in occupied Luhansk Oblast.

As of 14 Apr 2024, the approximate losses of weapons and military equipment of the Russian Armed Forces from the beginning of the invasion to the present day:

      • Personnel: 453650 (+890)
      • Tanks: 7174 (+5)
      • APV: 13765 (+20)
      • Artillery systems: 11552 (+34)
      • MLRS: 1046 (+1)
      • Anti-aircraft systems: 758 (+2)
      • Aircraft: 347
      • Helicopters: 325
      • UAV: 9235 (+34)
      • Cruise missiles : 2089 (+1)
      • Warships/boats: 26
      • Submarines: 1
      • Vehicles and fuel tanks: 15459 (+63)

Intelligence and technology

Shadow Tactics: Russia’s use of foreign electronics exposed by Trap Aggressor project. Trap Aggressor uncovers foreign components in Russia’s bombs, enhancing their range and precision.

Republican Congressman anticipates Ukraine aid approval within a week. “”The United States must step up and provide Ukraine with the weapons it needs,”” he said live.

Shadow Tactics: Russia’s use of foreign electronics exposed by Trap Aggressor project. Trap Aggressor uncovers foreign components in Russia’s bombs, enhancing their range and precision.

International

Republican Congressman anticipates Ukraine aid approval within a week. “”The United States must step up and provide Ukraine with the weapons it needs,”” he said live.

Scholz visits China, discusses key issues including Russia-Ukraine war. In particular, Russia-Ukraine war and its repercussions on international stability and security is discussed.

Zelenskyy urges US to strengthen allies in wake of Iran’s attacks on Israel. “”Words do not stop drones and do not intercept missiles. Only tangible assistance does. The assistance we are anticipating,”” Zelenskyy said.

Sikorski urges US to expedite aid for Ukraine, Israel after Iran’s attack on Israel. Polish Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski calls on US Congress to quickly approve the delayed aid package for Ukraine and Israel to strengthen missile defenses, especially following Iran’s attack on Israel.

Among French youth, half would be ready to fight in Ukraine to defend France. According to a survey conducted among French youth, one in two would be ready to join the French army and fight in Ukraine if it was necessary to defend France.

Humanitarian and social impact

Twelve injured near Dnipro following missile debris fall, including a teenager. The number of victims rose to tvelwe, including a teenage boy who suffered shrapnel wounds and concussion.

12-year-old Ukrainian runs 5 km marathon on prosthetics to raise funds for a soldier. “”I’ve experienced very difficult moments, but now I’m glad I can walk and run again,”” Yana says.

Daily Russian strikes in Zaporizhzhia Oblast rise from 200 to 500 since February, regional authorities say. From February, Russia escalated its attacks on Zaporizhzhia Oblast, increasing from 200 to 500 daily strikes, causing significant residential destruction, as reported by Ivan Fedorov of the regional military administration.

Russians are retraining Ukrainian language teachers to teach Russian in occupied territories of Ukraine. Russian courses aim to retrain teachers, particularly those who have qualifications in Ukrainian language and literature.

Russia plans another false-flag attack on Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, Ukraine’s military warns. Ukraine’s military intelligence reveals plans by Russian forces to stage another false-flag attack on the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, aiming to blame Ukraine.

Populists, EU-sceptics emerge as one of the biggest threats to Ukraine support, new study reveals. 97 out of 269 parties reject one or more key pro-Ukraine policies. 49 parties oppose supporting Ukraine outright, while another 46 attest only weak backing.

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