Here is President Zelenskyy’s address from earlier this evening. Video below, English transcript after the jump (emphasis mine):
Good health to you, fellow Ukrainians!
Today, we celebrated the Day of Ukrainian Statehood for the first time. And I was happy to see how many people perceived this holiday warmly, congratulated on it, smiled and were proud of Ukraine.
It seems that we should have celebrated such a day for many, many years – it is so logical. But this holiday was established only last year. Well, it is forever now.
During a solemn meeting in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, I presented combat awards to our warriors – “Crosses of Combat Merit”. In particular, to Colonel-General Oleksandr Syrskyi, Commander of the Khortytsia Operational-Strategic Command, Major-General Andriy Kovalchuk, Brigadier-General Andriy Hnatov, Brigadier-General Mykhailo Drapaty, Colonels Yevhen Bulatsyk, Mykola Mishakin and Oleh Fedoriv, Lieutenant-Colonel Pavlo Rozlach, Majors Ruslan Maryshev and Denys Nokhrin, Captain Dmytro Berehovy, Senior Lieutenants Dmytro Linnyk and Anatoliy Tantsyura, Medical Service Lieutenant Yulia Holovna, Sergeant Pavlina Mykolayevych, Staff Sergeant Roman Palamarchuk, Junior Sergeant Oleksandr Rohachevsky, Senior Sailor Olena Zablotska and Private Serhiy Mishchenko. Thank you all for your service and performance in battles!
Today, in the Mariyinsky Palace, I handed out the passports of the citizens of our state to young Ukrainians – boys and girls who were forced to leave their homes due to hostilities, young volunteers, winners of the All-Ukrainian Olympics, children of our warriors who defend Ukraine, children of those who gave life for the independence of the state. An inspiring ceremony that affirms the power of Ukrainian citizenship! The future of Ukraine is in such children, in their sincerity and intelligence. I am proud to be the President of such citizens.
I had the honor to thank one of our greatest friends – Mr. President of Lithuania Gitanas Nausėda for the support and extremely important things that strengthened our defense. President of the European Parliament Roberta Metsola – a principled friend of ours in European structures – addressed the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine in a special format.
There were important phone conversations. In the morning – with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. I thanked him for his prayers for Ukraine, for his wishes of victory and peace. In the evening, I spoke with Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte – very meaningfully about our future cooperation.
I held another meeting of the Staff of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief. We considered four issues. What can be said publicly now: we analyzed the current state of providing weapons to our defenders, the supply of aid from partners and, in general, the state of implementation of the Defense Plan of Ukraine, which was put into effect on February 24.
Only in the first half of this day, and only in Kyiv, there were four air alarms. The Russian army launched missile attacks on the Kyiv region, Kropyvnytskyi, hit Mykolaiv, continued a series of strategically senseless and brutal onslaughts on Donbas… I thank each and every one who repels this terror.
And I also want to thank the American senators who unanimously approved the resolution calling on the US Department of State to recognize Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism. You can take any day in Ukraine – today or any other after February 24 – to see that no one in the world invests in terrorism more than Russia. This really needs a legal response at the global level. And there is no rational reason why such a reaction should not occur, particularly in the United States.
We continue to accumulate international humanitarian support. I am glad that Demna, the creative director of the Balenciaga fashion house, has become the new ambassador of the United24 state charity platform. He told me that the decision to become a United24 ambassador was related to his personal story, as he had experienced the trauma of being a refugee. Demna will help Ukraine in the direction of reconstruction. Let me remind you that Andriy Shevchenko, Elina Svitolina, Liev Schreiber and Imagine Dragons have already become ambassadors of United24.
We will do everything so that there is no indifference left in the world towards this terrible war that Russia has unleashed against our state and against the very idea of freedom.
We will definitely win!
Congratulations once again on the Day of Ukrainian Statehood!
Glory to Ukraine!
On the day of Ukraine's Statehood entire country is thanking the Commander-in-Chief of the AFU Valeriy Zaluzhnyi. The contribution of this modest man to saving the world order will be remembered by next generations pic.twitter.com/UUH6mxCM19
— Olena Halushka (@OlenaHalushka) July 28, 2022
— Lesia Vasylenko (@lesiavasylenko) July 28, 2022
A small kid is afraid of an air raid siren and tries to hide in the arms of his dad.
How can this be forgiven? pic.twitter.com/K8naKqamDP
— UkraineWorld (@ukraine_world) July 28, 2022
The operational update regarding the russian invasion on 06.00, on July 28, 2022
Glory to Ukraine! The one hundred fifty fifth (155) day of the heroic resistance of the Ukrainian people to a russian military invasion continues.
The enemy is focusing its main efforts on establishing full control over the territories of Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts, maintaining the captured Kherson and Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhia, Mykolaiv oblast’s parts, creating favorable conditions for resuming the offensive in certain directions, as well as blocking Ukraine’s maritime communications in the Black Sea.
The combat, numerical composition and nature of actions of the enemy group remain without significant changes.
The enemy continues to carry out air and missile strikes, in particular from the territory of the republic of belarus.
On the Volyn and Polissya directions, the engineering equipment of the positions of units that arrived for rotation is recorded. In order to clarify the positions of our troops, expose the air defense system and control the camouflage of their units, the conduct of aerial reconnaissance by UAVs were noted.
According to available information, the federal security service of the russian federation is intensifying counter-intelligence measures in the border areas with Ukraine in the Siverskyy direction. The enemy carried out artillery fire near Mykolaivka in the Chernihiv oblast and Tovstodubovo and Ryasne in the Sumy oblast.
In the Kharkiv direction, artillery shelling was recorded in the areas of Kharkiv, Dementiivka, Mospanove, Sosnivka, Udy, Cherkaski Tyshky, Stary Saltiv, Tsirkuny, Protopivka, Zlochiv, Ruski Tyshki, Petrivka, Pryshyb, Prudyanka and Kalynove settlements. The enemy launched an airstrike near Rusky Tyshky. In order to clarify the position of our troops and adjust the fire, the UAVs conducted aerial reconnaissance.
In the Slovyansk direction, with the aim of finding weak points in the defense of our units, the occupiers conducted assaults in the Dovhenke – Mazanivka and Pasika – Dolyna directions, without success. Artillery shelling was noted in the areas of Andriivka, Nortsivka, Bohorodychne, Chepil, Velyka Komyshuvaha, Petrivske and Husarivka settlements.
The enemy did not conduct active operations in the Kramatorsk direction. It shelled the districts of Zakitne, Verkhnyokamyanske and Tetyanivka with artillery. Made an airstrike near Serebryanka.
In the Bakhmut direction, the enemy is trying to improve the tactical position, but our soldiers repelled the assaults in the Klynove – Bakhmut and Myronivskyi – Semihirya directions and forced the invaders to retreat. The enemy has partial success in the direction of Vidrodzhennya – Vershyna, and is entrenched southeast of the settlement of Vershyna. The attempt to advance in the directions Volodymyrivka – Soledar and Streapivka – Soledar ended in failure for the occupiers.
The enemy carried out artillery fire in the areas of the settlements of Bilohorivka, Mykolaivka, Nova Kamyanka, Vesela Dolyna, Kodema, Semihirya and New York. Airstrikes near Yakovlivka, Pokrovsky and Soledar.
The enemy did not conduct active operations in the Avdiyivka, Novopavlivka, and Zaporizhzhia directions. In order to strengthen the grouping of troops in the Zaporizhzhia direction, additional units are being transferred.
Artillery shelling was recorded in the areas of Vremivka, Krasnohorivka, Maryinka, Novokalynove, Opytne, Stepnohirsk, Biloghirya, Volodymyrivka, Velyka Novosilka, Mykilske, Malynivka and Pervomaiske settlements. The occupiers used aviation near Avdiyivka, Maryinka, Pavlivka, Kamianske and Maly Shcherbaky.
In the South Buh direction, the enemy is concentrating its efforts on holding the occupied lines and returning lost positions in the Kryvorizka direction.
In the waters of the Black Sea, outside the base points, there are three carriers of sea-based cruise missiles of the “Kalibr” type.
In order to constrain our actions, the enemy is shelling from barrel artillery, rocket salvo systems and tanks in the areas of Trudolyubivka, Potemkyne, Posad-Pokrovske, Andriivka, Blahodatne, Ternivka, Chervona Dolyna, Prybuzke, and Luparevo. Made an airstrike near Novopetrivka.
Ukrainian soldiers repulsed the assault in the direction of Bruskynske – Bilohirka. The occupiers suffered losses and withdrew.
We believe in the Armed Forces of Ukraine! Together to victory!
Glory to Ukraine!
Here is today’s assessment from Britain’s MOD:
And here is their updated map for today:
Here is the latest updated map and analysis from former NAVDEVGRU Squadron Leader Chuck Pfarrer:
KHERSON/1400 UTC 28 JUL / Local Partisans and embedded Ukrainian SOF have apparently carried out a second ambush, damaging two police vehicles and wounding two collaborator police officers in a daring daylight operation in central Kherson. pic.twitter.com/7aPAILWEoP
— Chuck Pfarrer (@ChuckPfarrer) July 28, 2022
About three hours ago video started circulating of Russian forces committing genocidal eugenic war crimes on Ukrainian POWs. Yahoo has the details.
WARNING GRAPHIC DESCRIPTION OF THE WAR CRIME!!!!!!
A horrific video posted online on Thursday appears to show a Ukrainian prisoner of war being castrated by his Russian captors.
While Yahoo News cannot independently verify the authenticity of the video, the footage, which was initially posted on a pro-Russian Telegram page before spreading rapidly on social media, showed what appears to be a Russian soldier or mercenary wearing a distinctive black fringed hat, mutilating a man who appears to be a captured Ukrainian soldier.
The victim in the video wears Ukrainian-style camouflage fatigues and is shown gagged, his hands tied behind his back. He lies helpless on the floor, as the man in a Russian uniform, which features a “Z” patch, uses a box cutter to cut off his clothes and then appears to castrate him while shouting degrading insults in Russian. At least two other men who appear to be Russian soldiers can be seen in the video.
While it is unclear when the video was filmed, what appears to be the same man wearing the black fringed hat also appeared in a June broadcast by the Russian state-backed media outlet RT. In that clip, the apparent soldier can be seen carrying a Dragunov sniper rifle as he walks around the Azot chemical plant in the city of Severodonetsk after the Ukrainian withdrawal from the city. In a post that was published on the RIA Novosti Telegram channel, the Russian news agency identified the man as part of the Chechen “Akhmat” battalion of the Russian army.
There is more at the link, including the video.
The Kyiv Independent‘s Illia Ponomarenko provided this analysis:
The most disgusting thing here is that Russian near-military communities on the internet altogether say the vid came “just on time” for Ukraine to ask for more weapons in the West.
That is just your own insane bloodlust and barbarity digging your own grave, one shovel at a time.
— Illia Ponomarenko 🇺🇦 (@IAPonomarenko) July 28, 2022
I think that’s enough serious stuff for tonight before I write something intemperate…
Since we need a bit of a diversion after bearing witness to this unpleasant reality, this happened:
Really enjoyed doing this interview, a great opportunity to pay tribute to the #Fellas and to counter pronunciations of nonsense.
Full version here:https://t.co/tlXYWuMEtz
— Edward Hunter Christie (@EHunterChristie) July 28, 2022
Here’s the full video they’re referring to:
— Pete (@BravoKilo6464) July 15, 2022
And the response of the Fella who made the video is in the final tweet below:
I absolutely lost it when @BravoKilo6464 Devo video started playing. They are there having a serious discussion and then all of a sudden in the background Whip It starts playing and a shibe with a cone hat slides up from the bottom of the screen 🤣🤣🤣
— Carl Spackler 💙💛 (Russia Delenda Est) (@Carl___Spackler) July 28, 2022
Bro. I'm sitting here at my desk at work trying not to die laughing.
— Pete (@BravoKilo6464) July 28, 2022
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