Brussels correspondent Joe Barnes begins the episode by explaining his story about the drone launches in Ukraine:
“Overnight, Ukraine was said to have launched dozens of drones over Crimea. It basically comes a day after Russia accused Ukraine of attacking the Kerch bridge, which connects the occupied Crimean peninsula and mainland Russia.
Russia’s Defense Ministry said it had shot down 28 drones over Crimea, claiming they caused no casualties or damage.
Airstrike alerts sounded across southern and eastern Ukraine as Russia launched retaliatory strikes. One of the most reported attacks is that of Russian drones and cruise missiles hitting port infrastructure in Odessa, which left one person injured, authorities said.
As for the counteroffensive, Joe reports on Ukraine’s progress:
The general staff of Ukraine this morning announced progress in the directions of the Mala Tokmachka and Velyka Novosilka lines in the south of Donetsk. He said that Ukrainian forces have seized and consolidated positions there.
He also reported advances north and south of Bakhmut, where he said Russia was investing new reserves to defend the area.
Taking a broader look at Ukraine’s counteroffensive efforts and the role of the West, Joe suggests:
The West really has to steel itself for a longer than expected conflict, given the kind of slow nature of progress so far, it really has to learn and work to sustain Ukraine for the long term.
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