Timeline: day 131 of Ukraine's defense against russia's aggression
Today is July 5. russia's military attack on Ukraine has been going on for 132 days. We're reporting on the current news. The article will be updated.
What about today?
"We have already passed the point of no return. It was at the very beginning when it was possible to stop all this, at the stage of negotiations. But after what they [russians] did, we passed the point of no return. We need to take Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson, and Crimea," says Major General Marchenko of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The situation on the front line didn't undergo significant changes during the day. The enemy continues to terrorize the border areas and gain a foothold at the borders. The Ukrainian Armed Forces responded and pressured the enemy. In Sloviansk's direction, the enemy's assault in the direction of Dolyna was repulsed. The Ukrainian troops repelled the occupiers. The General Staff reports it.
The aggressor has resumed assaults in the direction of Spirne, with partial success; hostilities continue.
Ukraine's Territorial Defense soldiers conducted a successful special operation north of the Kharkiv region and managed to destroy many enemy armored personnel carriers. There are no losses from our side.
From the area of the villages of Olhyne and Arkhanhelske in the Kherson region, the enemy made four strikes with Ka-52 helicopters on Ivanovka, Koshove, and Zarichne. In response, Ukraine's aviation fired at russian troops in the area of the village of Davydiv Brid.
Over the past 24 hours, the Ukrainian forces destroyed 30 russian soldiers, a T-62 tank, Uragan multiple rocket launcher system, a Msta-B howitzer, eight vehicles, and two ammunition depots in the south.
During the military operations in Ukraine, the Armed Forces have already destroyed more than 36,300 russian invaders, the General Staff calculated.
"We need to break them. It is a difficult task, but we have no alternatives. It is about our independence, future, and destiny," Volodymyr Zelensky emphasized in his daily address.
An interactive map of the destruction caused by russia to Ukraine has been launched. The map contains detailed information about how many schools, hospitals, kilometers of roads, and square meters of living space in Ukraine were destroyed by the russian army. You can familiarize yourself with it on the Recovery Plan of Ukraine website.
"Ukraine's reconstruction is not only about what we must do after our victory or in the following years, but also what we need to do right now. It is not just the restoration of the walls we had that were destroyed by shelling. Ukraine must become the freest, most modern, and safest country in Europe in all senses, particularly in terms of the state of our environment," President Zelensky is confident we will do it.
Who's coming to Ukraine?
On financial and information aid, weapons and politicians
Scotland and Wales allocated additional military aid to Ukraine for 100 million pounds.
During the conference on Ukraine's recovery in Lugano, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal showed a map and list of countries that offered to deal with Ukraine's restoration:
▪️ Ireland: Rivne region
▪️ Germany: Chernihiv region
▪️ Canada: Sumy region
▪️ The USA and Turkey: Kharkiv region
▪️ The Czech Republic, Finland, and Sweden: Luhansk region
▪️ Belgium: Mykolaiv region
▪️ Sweden and the Netherlands: Kherson region
▪️ Switzerland: Odesa region
▪️ Norway: Kirovohrad region
▪️ Austria: Zaporizhzhia region
▪️ Poland and Italy: Donetsk region
News from partners!
Ukraine is negotiating with Turkey and the UN regarding the safe export of grain through ports. President Zelensky announced it. As of now, 22 million tons of grain are blocked in Ukraine.
The Prime Minister of Sweden, Magdalena Andersson, handed Ukraine a copy of the letter of King Charles XII on the recognition of Zaporizhzhia Sich as an independent state. "Carl XII instructs the Swedish ambassador to recognize Zaporizhzhia Sich as an independent state, as a subject of international law, so that there is no oppression from the Moscow tsar. I think it fits very well in the current political context. At the beginning of the 18th century, our king was impressed by Cossacks and Cossack democracy," said the Prime Minister of Sweden.
Also, pay attention to Magdalena Andersson's embroidered outfit. Thank you, Sweden, for your comprehensive support!
Sanctions on the aggressor!
Japan introduced new sanctions against the russian federation. In particular, an embargo was introduced on russian gold, and the country imposed sanctions on 57 russians.
Great Britain, like Canada, plans to confiscate the frozen assets of russians and then transfer them to Ukraine. According to Liz Truss, confiscation of assets of russians in Britain will most likely require a change in legislation. However, the country's authorities are looking for other options. Once a legal mechanism is found, they can transfer the seized funds either to private individuals as compensation or to the Ukrainian state.
So far, the UK can only freeze russian assets for 56 days and extend the freeze for the same period. During this period, the owner of the funds cannot receive any benefit from it.
Donetsk and Luhansk regions
russia kills civilians! On July 4, the russians killed two civilians in the Donetsk region — in Bakhmut. 4 more people were injured. Currently, it is impossible to establish the exact number of victims in Mariupol and Volnovakha, Pavlo Kyrylenko, head of the Donetsk region, reports.
In Bilohorivka, the Ukrainian military repelled the enemy's assault. The occupiers left. The ruscists continue to shell the populated areas of the region, destroying civilian infrastructure, Serhii Haidai, head of the Luhansk region, reports. The primary efforts of the russians are focused on establishing control over the territory of the Luhansk region within the administrative borders.
Eight years ago, we liberated Sloviansk and Kramatorsk. Today, these cities are again in the sights of the enemy. russia is constantly shelling populated areas, forcing the residents to leave their homes.
During the battles for the Luhansk region, russian troops used massive artillery strikes, razing the city to the ground. British intelligence believes that the fighting in the Donetsk region will take place in the same way. Currently, the authorities are urging residents of the Donetsk region to evacuate.
The enemy fired two rockets in the Sumy region. In total, the russian military shelled five communities of the Sumy region during the night, Dmytro Zhivytskyi, the head of the region, said.
russia launched seven rockets at the Dnipropetrovsk region, there is destruction. "Our military shot down 6 of them: over the Dnipro and the Synelnykove district. In Dnipro, debris from a downed rocket caused a fire. Firefighters extinguished the fire. No one was injured," said the head of the Dnipropetrovsk region, Valentin Reznichenko.
The Yellow Ribbon movement announced the beginning of the Stop Referendum indefinite protest action on its Telegram channel. According to the organizers, the invaders will prepare for the referendum, but all their resources are already known. Therefore, the occupiers will not succeed, and the Yellow Ribbon movement, for its part, is preparing many pleasant surprises for the ruscists.
Yellow Ribbon is a movement of non-violent civil resistance. The founders offer to show the occupiers that they have no place on our land and call for hanging flags and yellow ribbons on the streets.
The information that the Ukrainian military is within a kilometer of Kherson is untrue. "Only the military can comment on the advance of the troops. Any analysts, deputies, other political or public figures only harm with similar statements and the announcement of such information," Natalia Humeniuk, head of the United Coordination Press Center of the Defense Forces of Ukraine's South, said at the briefing.
The russian military launched rocket attacks on Mykolaiv in the morning, Mayor Sienkevych reported without details. All services work on site.
Vitalii Kim, the head of the Mykolayiv region, reported on the situation in the region:
- The Inhulske community was shelled. There are no victims. The shelling was mainly outside the borders of populated areas.
- Shelling of villages along the demarcation line continues in the Bereznehuvate community. The occupiers are also shelling the Bashtanka community.