Day 556 of the Invasion of Ukraine: Kyiv reports breach of Russian defensive lines on Southern Front

Day 556 of the invasion of Ukraine. Summary of key events in the last 24 hours:

  • Ukraine reports breach of Russian defensive lines on southern front
  • The US may send depleted uranium projectiles to Ukraine for the first time
  • Russia says it has destroyed a naval drone that tried to attack the Crimean bridge
  • The Russians seriously prepared the physical elimination of Zelensky on several occasions, the head of Ukrainian intelligence said
  • Russia is "invincible," Putin told students at the start of the new school year
  • In Russia, students will learn history from a new textbook that justifies the war in Ukraine
  • Western exercises in the Baltic Sea will for the first time focus on repelling a hypothetical Russian attack

Ukraine reports breach of Russian defensive lines on southern front

Ukraine said its troops broke through Russia's first line of defense in several places. Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar said Ukrainian forces were advancing in the Zaporizhzhia region. The United States also noted that Kyiv had made notable progress on the southern front in the past 72 hours.

Kyiv's troops, which have been trying to advance through heavily mined areas for almost three months, have now encountered large defensive Russian fortifications, Hanna Maliar also said. Heavy fighting is taking place in the villages around Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine, which were captured in May by Russian forces after months of fighting.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said in its evening report that Russian forces had made no progress in five...

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