Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi said Sunday he visited the frontline village of Robotyn in southern Ukraine. Ukrainian forces captured Robotine from the Russians in August during their counteroffensive.
The Russians are trying to retake the village in the Zaporizhzia region, and there has been heavy fighting in the area.
In a video posted on Facebook, Zelensky meets with soldiers in a dark room that looks like a basement.
Capturing the Robotine was one of the few achievements of the counteroffensive that began in the summer, as the offensive was subsequently halted.
On the other hand, in eastern Ukraine, at least 28 people were killed in an attack by Ukrainian forces on a bakery in Lisitshansk, according to the Russian occupation regime. According to the occupation administration, people were still being dug out of the rubble after Sunday's attack.
The following year Russia occupied Lisitshansk after heavy fighting in the early stages of the war.
BBC: Russian prisoners recruited on the war front will no longer receive amnesty
Russian prisoners recruited from prison to fight in Ukraine will no longer receive amnesty and go home after six months, but conditions have been tightened significantly, the public broadcaster says. BBC.
According to information collected by the BBC through social media and soldiers' news channels, prison recruits' only chance of landing at the front is if they are injured, receive too many medals or are too old to fight. Otherwise, the command lasts until the end of the war.
– In a sense, conditions are better. One of the prisoners wrote in the news service that the salary, other benefits and allowances are equal to those of the soldiers.
– Your chances of survival are about 25 percent. I have been in the assault force for five months. Another wrote that there were a hundred men in our squad, of whom only 38 are still alive.
Recruiting soldiers from prisons was initiated by Yevgeny Prigozhin, the late Wagner chief of mercenaries. At that time, after half a year of fighting, the recruited prisoners received a full amnesty and were able to leave the front.
Nowadays, the contract is automatically renewed after half a year. Prisoners also do not receive amnesty, but are granted parole, where their previous sentences are served if they commit new crimes.