The Ukrainian government has requested that all people in rebel-held territories evacuate. It is said that the rebels want to use them as hostages.
Moscow struggles to gain momentum in the eastern industrial heartland of the Donbas, where Ukrainian and Russian soldiers are battling village by village. Thursday, the Ukrainian military said that it had regained some territory in the south and repulsed additional advances in the east. President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said that he had not anticipated the Russian attack to last so long. Oleksiy Arestovych, a presidential advisor, said on Ukrainian television that Russian forces had invaded the land of Azovstal but had been expelled by our defenses. The Kremlin denied that any ground attack had occurred.
It is unknown how many Ukrainian fighters remain inside the facility, although the Russians have estimated the number to be about 2,000 in recent weeks. On the boundary between the southern regions of Kherson and Mykolaiv, Ukrainian soldiers report making modest progress. They also repulsed eleven Russian strikes in the Donbas provinces of Donetsk and Luhansk. In the previous twenty-four hours, shelling of cities in the area has resulted in at least five deaths and at least twenty-five injuries. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine announced the opening of United24, a worldwide digital fundraising platform.
Poland held a gathering of foreign donors that raised $6.5 billion for humanitarian help. A senior Ukrainian official said that the nation would be prepared to take action if Belarus entered the conflict. The battle has leveled large portions of cities, devastated highways, and bridges, and displaced millions of people from their homes.