TheVoiceOfJoyce Day 255 , the Ukrainian War. The Ukrainian counteroffensive continues. Is Russia prepared to hold Kherson, at all costs? Is Kherson Russia’s Waterloo? Meanwhile, Putin is reneging on giving grain for free and fertilizer to The Global South, he would like payment through his sanctioned Bank. Something for negotiations? Ukrainian grain released. Erdogan holding tough on Finland and Sweden entry to NATO. The War continues with new Russian recruits lacking training. There has been an exodus of Russians to Georgia, helping there economy. I wonder, if Kherson is a do and die battlefield for Russia, do you have to engage them now or after making headway in the other annexed territories?

Iran’s foreign minister Hossein Amirabdollahian has said that the country did supply Russia with drones, but added that it took place before Vladimir Putin’s forces invaded Kyiv. The drones have been used in attacks on civilian infrastructure, notably targeting power stations and dams.

The 300,000 troops Putin conscripted as part of the mobilisation drive are providing “little additional offensive combat capability” as the Russian military is struggling to train them, UK intelligence has reported. In its daily briefing, the UK Ministry of Defence said troops are being deployed with “little or no training”.

Vladimir Putin has said civilians still living in the Russian-annexed province of Kherson must be “evacuated” from the conflict zone, amid suggestions Russian forces may be preparing to abandon the west bank of the Dnipro river. There is increasing speculation that Moscow would attempt to hold the city of Kherson itself – the largest urban area under Russian occupation – at any cost.

A 24-hour curfew has been imposed in Kherson city.

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