Kiev said it continued offensive operations against Russian forces in the east and south, while attack alerts were issued across Ukraine on September 16. Meanwhile, Russia said that overnight it shot down two drones near Moscow, as the Russian invasion of Ukraine is approaching its twentieth month.
Washington, meanwhile, confirmed plans for meetings to continue support for Ukraine. Meetings are expected to take place next week between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky – who will remain in the US – and American leaders.
Attack alerts were issued in many regions of Ukraine at midday on September 16, as the Ukrainian military warned of possible ballistic missile attacks on residential areas.
In addition to the capital, Kiev, alarms were also issued in the regions of Chernihiv, Cherkassy, Poltava, Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Mykolaiv, Zaporizhzhia and Odesa.
A number of explosions have been reported in the Kharkiv region, but it has been possible to obtain information on possible casualties or damage.
The General Staff of the Ukrainian army said on September 16 that its forces have conducted defensive operations in eastern and southern Ukraine and offensive operations around Melitopol and Bahmut.
The Ukrainian army claimed “success” in the area of Klishchikiyevka in the Donetsk region.
He also said that over 100 settlements in the regions of Kharkiv, Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson have faced artillery fire in the previous 24 hours.
Russia’s Defense Ministry said its forces shot down two drones near Kaluga and Tver regions, near Moscow. The ministry said the drones were shot down overnight between September 15 and 16, with no casualties or damage reported.
The Ukrainian side constantly avoids commenting on the growing number of drone attacks inside Russian territory.
There are also reports suggesting that there is pressure from the US and its allies on Ukraine for the latter to demonstrate success in the counterattack that began in June. On September 15, US national security adviser Jake Sullivan confirmed that US President Joe Biden will host Zelensky in Washington on September 21. This will be the third meeting of the two leaders at the White House.
Sullivan also said that Zelensky will visit the US Congress where he will meet “with congressional leaders from both parties”.
The US Congress is currently debating Biden’s request that Ukraine be given another $24 billion in humanitarian and military aid./REL/
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