Russia's military invasion of Ukraine continues.

Russian and Ukrainian forces are fighting in various parts of Ukraine, and many civilians have fled the country. We will update the situation in Ukraine from time to time on the 27th (Japan time), including the status of the battle and diplomacy of the countries concerned.

(There is a 6-hour time difference between Japan and Ukraine and Moscow, Russia)

"Black Sea Fleet Commander Died" Assertion Stresses Russia 'Alive'

Ukrainian forces claimed on the 25th that 22 cadres, including the commander leading the Black Sea Fleet, were killed in the 34nd attack on the command of the Russian Navy's Black Sea Fleet in the southern Crimean military port city of Sevastopol.

On the other hand, the Russian Ministry of Defense released a video of a meeting held by Defense Minister Shoigu with military commanders and others on the 26th, and a person believed to be the commander of the Black Sea Fleet Sokolov is shown participating online.

Mr. Sokolov's remarks are not introduced, but Russian media reports that the commander is alive and well, saying, "The Ukrainian side claims that Commander Sokolov is dead, but the commander is attending a meeting of the Ministry of Defense."

In response, the Ukrainian military released a statement on social media about the Russian footage, saying, "The Russian side has been forced to urgently state that the commander is alive, so we are clarifying this information."

On the other hand, Ukraine, which aims to regain its territory, continues its reversal offensive in southern Zaporozhye oblast and other places, and President Zelensky announced on the 25th that the main battle tank "Abrams", which the United States had planned to provide as military support, had arrived.

In response, Peskov, a spokesman for the Russian presidential office, said, "The Abrams tank is a very serious weapon, but like any other weapon, this tank will burn."