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Russia launched missile strikes on Ukrainian territory today after NATO announced it would further increase its military support for Ukraine.

According to the Reuters news agency, Ukrainian officials said air defense systems in the country’s south shot down eight missiles fired from a ship in the Black Sea, but other missiles hit the country’s north and west.

Authorities said the rocket hit an industrial facility in Lvov to the west and the fire was brought under control.

Backed by tens of thousands of reservists recruited in December, Russia has stepped up ground attacks in southern and eastern Ukraine in recent weeks. Attacks are expected to intensify as the first anniversary of the February 24th invasion approaches.

“The situation is tense”

“Day and night in the east, enemy attacks continue. The situation is tense,” Deputy Defense Minister of Ukraine Anna Malyar said yesterday.

Earlier, the Russian Defense Ministry also announced the withdrawal of Ukrainian forces from the eastern part of the Lugansk region. “Ukrainian troops retreated 3 kilometers from the previously occupied lines,” the agency said in a Telegram message.

The military administration in Kyiv said six Russian balloons believed to be carrying reconnaissance equipment were shot down after air raid sirens sounded.

Clashes continue in the city of Bakmut in the Donetsk region in the east. Russia continues its artillery and ground attacks in the region. Analyst Oleg Zhdanov explained that Ukrainian forces in the region are experiencing problems, saying, “Our forces are having a very hard time there as Russian troops are being brought into the region en masse.”

Intense fighting in Buckmouth

The General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces said in a report released last night that Russian forces opened fire on more than 15 towns and villages near Bakmut, including the town itself.

The governor of the Donetsk region, Pavel Kirilenko, posted a photo and video of a destroyed apartment in the town of Pokrovsk, southwest of Bakmut, where he said three people died.

It is noted that the capture of Bakmouth will open the way for a Russian offensive on Kramatorsk and Slavyansk, two large cities west of Donetsk.

The draft resolution will be put to the vote of the UN General Assembly.

Finally, NATO decided to increase military support for Ukraine with ammunition. Finally, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stressed the importance of providing Ukraine with more ammunition.

As the first year of February 24th in which Russia invaded Ukraine approaches, the UN General Assembly is expected to vote next week on a draft resolution that stresses the need for a lasting peace and demands that Moscow withdraw its troops.

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