TheVoiceOfJoyce Putin’s, Wagner Group, troops are no match for Ukrainian soldiers. With new Russian recruits coming into Bakhmut, hand to hand combat is taking place. Is Russia running out of munitions? Why haven’t the Russians been able to capture this city or region? Unfortunately, Russia’s second strategy, deporting Ukrainian children to Russia and targeting apartment houses in Kherson, is a win? Can Ukraine mount a decisive counteroffensive this year, as predicted and end the War?

Kyiv said it has held off attacks from Russian troops still attempting to surround Bakhmut. The Ukrainian general staff said “more than 130 enemy attacks” had been repelled over the past day, adding: “The enemy continues its attempts to encircle the town of Bakhmut.”

A woman and two children were killed in Russian mortar shelling of a village in the southern Ukrainian region of Kherson, the head of Ukraine’s presidential office said on Sunday.

Bakhmut’s deputy mayor, Oleksandr Marchenko, told CNN that evacuations from the frontline had dropped to just five to 10 people each day compared with up to 600 who were leaving the city when evacuations were at their peak.

Tens of thousands of Ukrainian children may have been deported to Russia, the Ukrainian MP Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze told Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday, in what she described as “genocide”.

Western states delivering fighter jets to support Ukraine defending itself against Russia is “only a question of time”, said Latvia’s prime minister, Krišjānis Kariņš.

The latest intelligence briefing from the UK’s Ministry of Defence said recent evidence suggested an increase in “close combat” in Ukraine, probably due to Russia’s shortage of “munitions”. The MoD also referred to Russian mobilised reservists being ordered to assault a Ukrainian concrete strong point armed with only “firearms and shovels”. These shovels were likely to be the outdated MPL-50 entrenching tools used in hand-to-hand combat, it said.

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