Russian troops, blocked by Ukrainian resistance and organizational problems, are now attacking in smaller units, the Pentagon said on Wednesday, a sign that they are reducing their ambitions on the battlefield. Meanwhile, in Mariupol, local officials have warned of a potential environmental disaster at the devastated industrial complex of Azovstal.
Here’s the latest news from some of the major battlefields across Ukraine:
Mariupol: Local officials have warned of a possible “environmental disaster” during Russia’s siege of the Azovstal steel plant. They said tens of thousands of tons of toxic chemicals stored there could seep into the Sea of Azov and then into the Black Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. The city’s mayor calls for the immediate admission of international experts and United Nations officials to the site to avert disaster.
Donetsk region: Russian forces on Wednesday killed 10 civilians, including two children, in this eastern region, said Pavlo Kyrylenko, the governor of the region, on the Telegram messaging application. The exact death toll in Mariupol, located at the southern tip of that region, was “impossible to determine”, he said.
Lugansk region: This region was without electricity, according to its governor, Serhiy Haidai, because the power lines were cut and a major substation was damaged during the fighting. Concerns are also growing over the water supply, with some areas without water for more than a week, according to local officials.
Kyiv region: As of Wednesday, authorities had located the bodies of 1,288 civilians killed by Russian forces during their occupation of towns and villages in the Kyiv region at the start of the conflict, regional police chief Andriy Niebytov told local media in a statement. television interview. The Post could not verify that number, which appears to have increased since April.
Alex Horton and Reis Thebault contributed to this report.