Situation in Ukraine controlled by Army, state leadership - President’s Office

Situation in Ukraine controlled by Army, state leadership - President’s Office

The situation on the territory of Ukraine remains under the control of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and the leadership of the Ukrainian state.

Oleksiy Arestovych, an adviser to the head of the President’s Office, stated this at a briefing, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

"The situation in general is under control. The command of the Armed Forces, the leadership of the state is taking immediate measures to stop the enemy in the areas where they are trying to develop an offensive. There are few such areas, and we have crossed them out," he said.

Thus, Arestovych said that Russian troops, after replenishing reserves, began to advance in certain directions. According to him, "the invaders were most successful" in the city of Enerhodar, where they partially established control over the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant. Also, the Russian troops managed to advance near the city of Voznesensk, Mykolaiv district, approximately in the direction from Mykolaiv to Kryvyi Rih. "Our troops stopped them. All attempts on the part of the enemy to advance directly towards Mykolaiv have been repulsed," Arestovych assured.

He added that another hot spot is northwest of Kyiv, where fierce fighting is currently underway.

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In addition, according to Arestovych, the cities of Kharkiv and Okhtyrka are subject to devastating blows on the part of the enemy, but he stressed that the defense forces are holding their ground. "The situation there is known at the international level. The attention of the international community is focused on Kharkiv and Okhtyrka. There was an attempt to destroy the local CHPP near Okhtyrka. However, the defense is holding on. The enemy is suffering huge losses and bringing in reserves, which otherwise could be used in more dangerous areas, for example, in Kyiv region or other cities," said the adviser to the head of the President’s Office.

He stressed that the heroic defense of Okhtyrka and Kharkiv forced the enemy, firstly, to stop, secondly, to change the direction of the main strike, and thirdly, to deploy additional reserves there.

"This is what skillful resistance on the ground brings. I urge everyone to hold their ground, because this will gain the necessary time for Western aid to arrive and international sanctions to work, as well as our leadership’s actions," Arestovych added.

As for Chernihiv, the official said that, despite a powerful airstrike on the city, the leadership of Ukraine’s defense forces retains control of the city, holding back the enemy.

Arestovych also said that Mariupol is partially under siege, but the situation is under control. The Ukrainian military is repelling attempts by Russian troops to encircle the city in full. At the same time, he added that the humanitarian situation in Mariupol remains tense, but this is the subject of negotiations between the Ukrainian delegation and the Russian one, as well as the talks between the Ukrainian leadership and international partners.

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According to the spokesman, there is no immediate threat to Odesa – the Armed Forces and the city's defense leadership are monitoring the situation in the area. "Few attempts by enemy warships to fire have been suppressed by our artillery in response," Arestovych said.

As Ukrinform reported, on February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared war on Ukraine and launched a large-scale invasion.

Russian troops have been killing civilians, shelling and destroying key infrastructure, and their missiles have been hitting Ukrainian households.

Martial law was imposed in Ukraine and general mobilization was announced. The Armed Forces of Ukraine, with the support of the entire nation, are courageously resisting aggression.

Ukraine has officially filed a lawsuit against the Russian Federation with the UN International Criminal Court in The Hague. International Criminal Court Prosecutor Karim Khan has already launched an investigation into the situation in Ukraine.

Thirty-eight countries have jointly appealed to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate Russia's war crimes in Ukraine.

Photo: Armed Forces of Ukraine

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