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Missile attack on Kyiv Oblast, Russians attempt counterattacks in the south: last night's highlights
28 July, 2022

The Russian invading forces tried to counterattack on the southern front, and in the morning launched a missile attack on Kyiv Oblast. Here is what you may have missed from the previous night.

Shelling of Kyiv Oblast

In the morning, the Russian occupying forces launched a missile attack on the Vyshhorod district of Kyiv Oblast: they hit an infrastructure facility. Information about the victims is being clarified. All emergency services are already working on the spot, said Oleksiy Kuleba, the head of the Kyiv regional administration.

Counterattack attempts in the south

The command has said that on the southern front, the Russians tried to launch a counterattack on two axes on July 27, but were unsuccessful and retreated with losses.

At the same time, the Ukrainian military destroyed 66 occupiers, 13 pieces of equipment and two warehouses with ammunition during the day.

Liberated settlements in Kharkiv Oblast

Since May, the Defense Forces of Ukraine have liberated 23 settlements in Kharkiv Oblast, and the process of deoccupation of the region continues, regional governor Oleg Synegubov said.

He assured that since the Ukrainian defenders pushed the enemy away from the outskirts of Kharkiv and went to the north of the region close to the state border, the invaders did not capture an inch of land.

Estimates of Russian losses from the United States

The US has said that, according to the Biden administration, more than 75,000 Russians have been killed or wounded since the start of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine. In addition, “more than 80% of their land forces are bogged down and they are tired. But they are still the Russian military," said Democratic Rep. Elissa Slotkin of Michigan, who serves on the House Armed Services Committee and was present at the classified briefing on Ukraine.

Zelenskyy on the attack on Antonivskyi bridge

The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, commented on the strike by the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the Antonivskyi Bridge in the temporarily occupied part of Kherson Oblast. He assured that after the return of the Ukrainian authorities, all crossings will be restored.

"We are doing everything to ensure that the occupiers do not have any logistical options on our land," the head of state said. He is convinced that whatever plans the occupiers have, "[Ukrainians] will break them."

Ukrainian Church asks the Ecumenical Patriarch to dethrone Kirill

The Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine supported a letter to the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew with a call to deprive Moscow Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of his throne on July 27. In the letter, the Synod of the OCU also asked to qualify Cyril's actions as schismatic and to bring him to canonical responsibility, and also to condemn the doctrine of "Russian peace" and recognize it as heretical.

Russians now only able to conduct two offensives

It seems that Russian troops are currently able to sustain only two significant offensive operations in Ukraine: the first is an attempt to capture Siversk, and the second is an offensive on Bakhmut, announced the American Institute for the Study of War in its latest update.

According to analysts, the Russian offensive will probably "culminate" before capturing any new major cities.