For British intelligence “the situation on the battlefield is complex”
In Ukraine “the situation on the battlefield is complex”, but Kiev “is putting pressure on on territories that Russia considers essential to its war objectives“This is what the British intelligence bulletin writes today, reporting that” in the last three days, Ukrainian forces have secured bridgeheads on the left bank of the Oksil river in the Kharkiv oblast “.
“Russia – it continues – has tried to integrate Oksil into a consolidated line of defense after the withdrawals of its forces at the beginning of the month. In the south, in the Donetsk oblast, fighting with Ukrainian forces is underway who are attacking the city of Lyman, east of the Siverskyy Donets River, which Russia captured in May. ”
ESCAPE AT THE BORDER – Keep on being heavy traffic at the border between Finland and Russia, following the announcement by President Vladimir Putin that he wants to recall 300,000 reservists to be sent to fight in Ukraine. This was said by the Finnish border guards referring to the southeastern border with Russia. Yesterday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov called it “exaggerated” to speak of the exodus of Russians.
Since Monday, Russian citizens can only enter the European Union via the 1,340-kilometer border with Finland. Unlike the Baltic nations and Poland, Finland has not completely restricted the entry of Russian tourists with Schengen visas.
VICTIMS OF RAPE – The age of the victims of sexual violence in the cases, investigated by the UN commission of inquiry in Ukraine, is from four to 82 years. The president of the commission, Erik Mose, told the UN Human Rights Council, underlining that in some cases relatives were forced to witness the violence. “Children have also been killed and injured in indiscriminate attacks with explosive weapons,” said Mose, acknowledging that the Russian military is the main perpetrator of the atrocities. The commission faced two cases of ill-treatment inflicted on Russian soldiers by Ukrainian forces. and “although few in number, these cases continue to be at the center of our attention”.
Mose explained that during the investigation the commission visited 27 cities and towns in the regions of Kiev, Cherniguiv, Kharkiv and Sumy and interviewed more than 150 victims and witnesses. “On the basis of the evidence gathered, the Commission concluded that war crimes have been committed in Ukraine”, listing Russian bombing of civilian areas, numerous executions, torture and ill-treatment, as well as sexual violence.
” We were impressed by the large number of executions in the regions we visited. The Commission is currently investigating these deaths in 16 cities and locations. We have received credible allegations on many other cases of executions, which we are documenting, “said Mose pointing out that the bodies found have the common characteristic of having visible signs of executions, such as hands tied behind the back, gunshot wounds to the head or Throats cut. From the testimonies gathered, Mose said that “the interlocutors described beatings, electric shocks and forced nudity, as well as other types of violations in these places of detention.” After being transferred to prison in Russia, some victims they would disappear, he added.