Day 706 of the Invasion of Ukraine: Kyiv Denied Reports Of The Dismissal Of Zaluzhnyi

Day 706 of the invasion of Ukraine. Summary of key events in the last 24 hours:

  • Russian troops have entered Avdiivka near Donetsk
  • Ukraine attacks Crimea, Russian regions from the air
  • Ukraine reported two killed in Russian attacks last night
  • Kyiv denied reports of the dismissal of Gen. Zaluzhnyi
  • The EU has reached an agreement in principle on Russian assets for Ukraine
  • German politicians put pressure on Scholz to supply Ukraine with Taurus missiles
  • Latvian MEP discovered as a Russian agent

Russian troops have entered Avdiivka near Donetsk

Russian troops have invaded the fortified town of Avdiivka on the outskirts of Donetsk, eyewitnesses and a representative of the local administration have confirmed to the BBC.

There are street fights in the city. Under constant fire, volunteers try to evacuate the surviving residents.

In Washington, Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned Congress that if it does not soon approve a financial package for Kyiv, it will jeopardize all the successes achieved against Russian aggression in the last two years.

And in Brussels, the ambassadors of the EU countries agreed to set aside the profits from the frozen Russian assets for the reconstruction of Ukraine.

Small units of Russian infantry have penetrated Avdeevka and taken control of several streets in the southern part of the city - for the first time since the war began two years ago, the BBC notes. There are only about a thousand local residents left in the town of 30,000. Many of them have died or are missing.<...

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