As the symbolic May 9 deadline approaches, Ukrainians expect a strong push from the Russian military. However, it is not certain that Vladimir Putin will be able to declare significant victory on Victory Day.
Russian troops, usually in central-western Russia, began to gather in the Donbass. Some of the Russian troops fighting in Mariupol moved to the battlefield in the north. Izium capture was one of the immediate targets of the Russian army.
The time is against the Russian army, Ukrainian forces are strengthening their defensive positions and receiving more and more weapons.
The Ukrainians suffered heavy casualties on the Russian army in several battles in the Donbass. The Ukrainian army also suffered significant losses in these wars.
On the ground, the Russian army was advancing very slowly. Yesterday, she received no spatial gains around Izioum.
The Russian military is also stepping up pressure in the southwestern Odessa region of Ukraine.
Moldova and Transnistria are largely in the eyes of Russia. Violent incidents are on the rise in Transnistria.
The Americans and their allies accuse the Russians of trying to convince the public of Moldovan or Ukrainian attacks to justify Russian military intervention in the region.
The elderly man fled his hometown of Ruska Lozova and was waiting in a evacuation area in Kharkiv, Ukraine, on Friday.
Meanwhile the peace talks stalled. The Russian government is now demanding the lifting of Western sanctions as part of the talks, which have been rejected by Ukrainians.