Reznikov said on Facebook that Harpoons would be used by defenders in parallel with Ukrainian Neptune missiles to protect the entire Ukrainian coast, including the southern port of Odessa.
A spokesman for the Odessa military administration, Serhiy Bratchuk, said that the Ukrainians had received so many Harpoon missiles that they could sink the entire Russian Black Sea Fleet with them. “Why not?” He wrote.
Last month, the Ukrainians managed to destroy flagship of the Russian fleet MoscowProbably other vessels were hit.
Reznikov also announced that Ukraine had also received a number of heavy artillery, including modified American self-propelled howitzers M109. These will allow the Ukrainian army to hit targets at a greater distance than before.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky expects “good news” next week about arms supplies by which Western countries are supporting Ukraine in resisting Russia’s aggression. According to Zelenský, the situation at the front is indescribably difficult in Lysychansk and Severodonetsk.
“We will gain the upper hand over technological and offensive power. A lot depends on our partners. They are ready to provide Ukraine with everything needed to defend freedom. I expect good news in this regard next week, “said Zelensky in a regular speech to the nation published on Saturday evening.
According to the American media, the United States will officially report next week on deliveries of M142 HIMARS and M270 MLRS volleyball rocket launchers with a range of 30 to 40 kilometers, but also up to 300 kilometers, depending on the type of rocket launcher.
Serhiy Hajdaj, head of the Luhansk region’s military administration in eastern Ukraine, told Telegram on Saturday that Ukrainian troops still had control of the city of Severodonetsk, where the Russian army was trying to surround them.
The Russians controlled the Mir Hotel on the outskirts of the city and its surroundings, but according to Hajda, they are unable to move forward and have suffered significant losses. The Russian-language version of the BBC states that this information cannot be independently verified.
According to Zelenský, the Russians launched “barbaric strikes” in the Sumy region, using mortars and rockets. He said that they also attacked the port city of Mykolaiv on Saturday, where they hit the housing estate. One person died and six others suffered injuries.
“The Russian Federation has chosen this goal. “Such events will continue to remind the world that Russia must finally be described as a terrorist state,” Zelenskyj said.
The Russians intensified the attacks in the east
The Russian army in eastern Ukraine intensified its offensive in an effort to conquer the city of Severodonetsk, where it already controlled some suburbs.
“Using artillery, Russian troops continue to carry out offensive operations in the area of the city of Severodonetsk,” the General Staff of the Ukrainian army reported in a regular report this morning. The Russian army again shelled the Ukrainian defensive positions at Bachmut and Soledar, these cities are on an important road leading to the southwest.
Kyiv has begun to urge Western countries to supply Ukraine with more weapons, especially rocket launchers. The Ukrainian General Staff also warned in the morning that there was a threat of rocket attacks from Belarus.
The Ukrainian army repulsed seven attacks last day, destroying one Russian tank and six military vehicles. According to Kiev, the Russian army is replacing losses with older military equipment, especially T-62 tanks or Soviet BMP-1 vehicles.
According to the Ukrainian General Staff, the authorities in the occupied Crimea have also ordered to stop receiving acute treatment of civilians in hospitals in order to free up beds for the wounded. They are also intensively looking for blood donors.
Current losses of the Russian army, published by NEXTA on Twitter: