1,500-pound Russian superbombs and F16s in Kiev: new escalation in conflict

For the first time in Ukraine, the Russians used a new powerful guided bomb weighing 1.5 tons, designed to hit highly protected targets at a distance of up to 40 km, thanks to its high explosive content exceeding a thousand kilograms. The remains of the superbomb may have been found in the Chernihiv region in northern Ukraine, as reported by a private site, Defense Express.

The use of the 5 meter long PAB-1500B glider bomb represents a new escalation in the conflict in Donbass, where the battle of Bakhmut continues, which is getting richer every day with new violence. Russian troops continue to advance in the city, which is one of the most important regions of the Donetsk region due to its strategic location on the communication routes and has become the symbol of the Ukrainian resistance. It is reported that the mercenaries of the Wagner group and the soldiers of the regular Russian army are advancing in the northern suburbs of the city, which are currently vulnerable to attacks from three sides.

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksi Reznikov assured that the Russian army is losing “500 soldiers a day” in its ongoing offensive on the city since last May “The situation in Bakhmut is difficult, but under it, Ukrainian military spokesman Sergei Cherevaty told TV channel My-Ukraina on Saturday. The military declared that the city, now largely destroyed and its inhabitants evacuated, is now the “epicenter” of the conflict.

According to Osint sources, after eight months of war, most of the current efforts of the Ukrainian army are aimed at maintaining control of the city of Ivanivske and the last road that allows the passage of supplies to the city of Bakhmut, where the three brigades continue. resisting Russian attacks despite considerable numerical superiority.

As the fierce conflict continues, the sending of aid to Kiev does not stop. President Joe Biden announced on Friday $400 million in new aid for the occupied country. Washington has added new weapons to this latest ‘military support’, including the Himars missile system, which Ukrainian forces are using to devastating effects on Russian troops and their logistics positions.

Ukrainian pilots in the USA for combat training

In addition, according to US broadcaster NBC, two Ukrainian pilots will be in the US so that the US armed forces can evaluate their capabilities in terms of possible training with Western warplanes, including F-16 warplanes. According to Congressional sources cited by Nbd, the Pentagon is conducting these training tests on simulators at a military base in Tucson, Arizona, and eight more pilots will arrive in the United States in the coming days. The tests aim to understand how long it takes to finally train them.

Volodymyr Zelensky received European Parliament President Roberta Metsola in Lviv, western Ukraine, on Saturday. “Ukraine’s goal (…) is to start EU accession negotiations this year,” he said on Telegram. Metsola said she shares that goal. “The future of Ukraine is in the European Union,” she said. Meanwhile, several officials in the southern and eastern regions of Ukraine reported that Russian attacks and bombings of civilian infrastructure continued in the past 24 hours. The latest reports of civilian deaths come from the cities of Gouliai Pole and Chervonohryhorivka located in the Dnipro region.

Source: Today IT