KYIV – Russian forces cut off all avenues to evacuate civilians from the eastern Ukrainian city of Sevrodonitsk and destroyed the last bridge on the other side of the river connecting the Ukrainian-occupied city. This was stated by a Ukrainian official.
Ukraine’s military said in its daily roundup of the conflict in various parts of the country on Tuesday that Russian troops were “trying to gain a foothold in the central part of the city.”
“The situation in Sievierodonetsk is dire – the Russians are destroying tall buildings and the Azot,” Luhansk region governor Sergei Gaidai said in a telegram post. The day before, he had said that hundreds of civilians had taken refuge in the grounds of the Azot chemical plant, which had been shelled by Russian forces.
Ukraine has issued increasingly urgent demands for more Western heavy weapons to help defend Sevrodonitsk, which Kyiv says is the key to the war in the East Donbass region and during the war, now in its fourth month. May be.
On Monday, Gaddafi said on social media that about 70% of the city is under enemy control, and the destruction of the last bridge across the river to the twin city of Lysichansk means that no civilians are still trapped in Severodontsk, and It is impossible. Provision of humanitarian aid.
The latest report on the Ukrainian military situation was full of bans on the construction of Russian forces in many parts of Donbass.
It reported that the enemy was “creating conditions for the development of an attack on Sloviansk”, and was invading the towns of Lehman, Yampel and Seversk – all west of Severodonetsk and Lysichansk.
Late Monday, President Vladimir Zelensky said the war in eastern Donbass would end as the most brutal war in European history. The region, which includes the provinces of Luhansk and Donetsk, is claimed by Russian separatists.
“The cost of this war is too much for us. It’s just terrible,” he said.
“Every day we draw the attention of our partners to the fact that a sufficient number of modern artillery for Ukraine will ensure our advantage.”
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday that Russia’s main goal is to protect Donetsk and Luhansk, when a separatist regional leader called for additional troops from Moscow.
Ukraine needs 1,000 howitzers, 500 tanks and 1,000 drones, among other heavy weapons, presidential adviser Mikhail Podoliak said Monday.
Moscow has released several recent reports stating that it has destroyed American and European weapons and equipment.
Russia’s Defense Ministry says high-precision missiles struck near a train station in Adachne, northwest of Donetsk, targeting supplies supplied to Ukrainian forces.
Ukraine’s Interior Ministry said in a telegram that Adachin had been under Russian attack since Sunday night, without specifying if the weapons had been targeted.
Moscow has criticized the United States and other countries for sending weapons to Ukraine and threatened to hit new targets if the West provided long-range missiles.
Politico reported late Monday, citing several unnamed officials, that the European Commission would recommend that Ukraine be granted official status as an EU candidate country.
Commission President Arsula Van der Leyen said on Saturday that the EU executive’s opinion on Ukraine’s accession request would be ready by the end of this week.
Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency quoted pro-Moscow separatist spokesman Edward Bassoren as saying that Ukrainian troops had been effectively cut off in Sverdlovsk and should surrender or die.
According to Damien Magro, a spokesman for the International Defense Forces of Ukraine, “with a large pocket of Ukrainian guards cut off from the rest of Ukraine’s troops” the situation is in danger of becoming like Mariupol, which has troops in Severodonsk.
During the fall of Mariupol last month, hundreds of civilians and badly wounded Ukrainian soldiers were trapped for weeks in Izvestal steelworks.
Russia denies targeting civilians, calling it a “special operation” to restore Russian security and “defame” its neighbor.
Ukraine and its Western allies have called it a baseless pretext for an attack that killed thousands of civilians and raised fears of widespread conflict in Europe.
More than 5 million people have been displaced and the world is in the grip of a food and energy crisis that is dividing Western countries on how to deal with it.
After failing to capture the capital, Kyiv, following the February 24 attack, Moscow focused on increasing control in Donbass, which has been occupied by pro-Russian separatists since 2014. Russia has also sought to occupy more of Ukraine’s Black Sea coast.
Donetsk regional governor Paolo Kirelinko told Ukrainian TV on Monday evening that “the whole front is under constant shelling.”
He said the towns of Marinka, Krasnoyarsk, Wohlidar, the coal-producing belt and Avdiivka, home to a large coking plant, were affected.
Authorities in the Donetsk region, which is controlled by Russian-backed separatists, say Ukrainian shelling has killed at least three people, including a child, and injured 18 when it struck a market in Donetsk.
The Donetsk News Agency showed pictures of burning corpses and several bodies on the ground in the main Moscow market. The news agency said that 155 mm caliber NATO standard artillery hit some parts of the area on Monday.
Russian news agencies have reported that a shell landed on a maternity hospital in Donetsk, igniting a fire and forcing staff to send patients to the basement.
Reuters could not independently verify the reports. Kyiv did not immediately respond to a request for comment.