Deutsche Welle reports: British military intelligence said mercenaries from the Russian private military company “Wagner” had captured territory near the Vuhlehirsk power plant in recent days.
Ukraine’s Soviet-era power station is the latest loss in the eastern Donbas region. It comes as President Volodymyr Zelensky said Ukraine was preparing to increase its electricity exports to the European Union, to help it withstand pressure from Russia over energy supplies.
Ukraine recently made clear that it intends to recapture the southern port city of Kherson, which is held by Russia but located further away from Moscow’s strongholds in Donetsk and Luhansk.
A key Russian-held bridge in Kherson was hit in a counter-offensive to recapture the southern region from Russia.
The bridge is the main crossing across the Dnieper River in the Kherson region and is essential for Russian resupply routes into the region.
Mental health workers in Ukraine face an immense challenge in dealing with the psychological toll exacted by Russia’s invasion, as they try to find ways to help children and adults cope with fear, despair and grief.