Weekly roundup. Ukraine resists Russia’s invasion. Days 628-632

This week, fighting has continued all along the front lines. Ukrainian troops continued operations on the left (eastern) bank of the Dnipro river in Kherson region. The EU will miss its target of supplying Ukraine with one million artillery shells and missiles by next March, according to this week’s reports. Meanwhile Germany announced additional military support for Ukraine on Monday. Casualties from landmines have surged in the country. At least 265 people have been killed by mines, and 587 others have been injured since the invasion.

Earlier this week, U.S. President Joe Biden and President Xi Jinping of China met outside San Francisco on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation event. President Zelenskyi voiced optimism over the long-awaited summit between Biden and Xi.

Ukrainian troops confirm they have secured positions on left bank of Dnipro in Kherson region. The Ukrainian marines confirmed that Ukraine’s defense forces had established several footholds on the left bank of the Dnipro on the Kherson axis.

The command of the marines said on their Facebook page on Friday: “Ukraine’s defense forces have carried out a series of successful operations on the left bank of the Dnipro in the Kherson direction as a result of planned measures to repel Russia’s full-scale military aggression.”

“The Ukrainian marines have secured several footholds thanks to their courage and professionalism, acting in cooperation with other units of the defense forces,” it said in a statement. 

According to the command of the marines, Russian forces took heavy losses in personnel and materiel in the operation. At least 1,216 Russian soldiers were killed and 2,217 others injured in the fighting. Russia has lost 24 tanks, 89 artillery and mortar systems, 135 vehicles and fuel tanks, 48 armored vehicles, including BTR and BMP armored personnel carriers, nine multiple-launch rockets systems, 14 boats, 15 other vehicles, four command stations, 29 ammunition depots, including field depots and permanent storage facilities.