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Russian forces are losing ground in the Kharkiv region but also in Kherson, according to maps presented by the Russian Defense Ministry. They left a large number of localities, including Dudtchany, on the western bank of the Dnipro river, under the pressure of the counter-offensive led by Ukraine. This represents an advance of 35 kilometers in three days on the Kherson front, according to journalist Loup Bureau.
“The army is progressing but the task is still immense”, nuanced Monday Michel Goya, former colonel of the navy troops, historian and strategist, for 20 Minutes. The arrival of autumn could also “restrict the possibilities of maneuvers”, the advance of the tanks being complicated by the humid and rainy conditions.
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sentence of the day
To date, more than 200,000 people have joined the army
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu gave an update on the workforce as a “partial” mobilization was announced on September 21. A total of 300,000 reservists have been called up. A 27-year-old Russian rapper notably chose to escape it by committing suicide, explaining in a video his refusal to “kill for any ideal whatsoever”.
The number of the day
35 %. The World Bank estimates that Ukraine’s GDP has shrunk by more than a third due to the war. The institution also assesses the needs for reconstruction and economic recovery at nearly 350 billion dollars, or “more than 1.5 times the size of the Ukrainian economy before the war”. Knowing that these needs are constantly increasing.
The trend of the day
United States President Joe Biden assured Volodymyr Zelensky of his support and announced additional aid of $625 million. It will include “HIMARS (rocket launchers), artillery and ammunition systems, and armored vehicles”. This support should allow Ukraine to continue its efforts in the Kherson region and in the north-east of the country, to continue to gain ground in the territories that Russia claims as annexed.