Moscow intensifies military attacks in cities in eastern Ukraine

Russian troops intensified their attacks on the Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk on Saturday after forcing an attack in eastern Donbus and claiming to occupy a railroad hub near Lyman.

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The recent rise in Russia indicates that the momentum of the war has changed and is now in its fourth month. The invading forces appear to be close to occupying all of the Luhansk region of the Kremlin, which is the main war goal of the Kremlin, despite Ukrainian resistance.

The Russian Ministry of Defense said on Saturday that its troops and allied separatists were in full control of the railroad junction, Lyman, west of the Donetsk River in the Donetsk region adjacent to Luhansk. rice field.

However, Ukraine’s deputy defense minister, Hanna Malyar, is still fighting Lyman, the website reported.

About 60 km (40 miles) from Liman on the eastern side of the river, Sieviero Donetsk and Ukraine’s largest city, Donbus, are now being violently beaten by Russians.

“Severodonetsk is constantly under attack by the enemy,” Ukrainian police said in a social media post on Saturday.

Russian artillery was also bombarding the Lysychans’k-Bakumut road, which Russia had to take to close the pinch movement and surround the Ukrainian army.

“There was a serious destruction in Lysychans’k,” police said.

The Governor of Luhansk, who makes up Donetsk with Donetsk, said on Friday that Russian troops had already entered Sieviero Donetsk. Ukrainian troops may have to withdraw from the city to avoid capture, Governor Serhiy Gaidai said. It was not clear if they started withdrawing on Saturday.

Russian troops slowly but slowly in Donbus, most of which was already dominated by Moscow-backed separatists before the war, after failing to occupy the capital Kyiv shortly after the February 24 invasion of Ukraine. We are making steady progress.

Their tactics include heavy bombardment and airstrikes that have been wasteful in towns and cities.

Ukrainian troops said on Saturday that they had repelled eight attacks in Donetsk and Luhansk in the last 24 hours.

“If Russia succeeds in taking over these areas, it is likely to be seen by the Kremlin as a substantive political outcome and portrayed by the Russian people as justifying the aggression,” the British Ministry of Defense reported daily. Said in.

Destroyed building

According to Governor Guydai, about 90% of the buildings in Sieviero Donetsk were damaged and 14 skyscrapers were destroyed by the latest bombardment. Dozens of medical staff were staying in Severodonetsk, but he said he faced difficulties just by going to the hospital for the bombardment.

Reuters was unable to validate the information on its own.

President Volodymyr Zelensky continued to rebel against the nightly speeches to the Ukrainians.

“If the occupiers think Lyman and Sieviero Donetsk will be theirs, they are wrong. Donbas will be Ukrainian,” Zelensky said.

Analysts at the Washington-based Institute for the Study of War said Russian troops have launched a direct attack on the city of Sieviero Donetsk, but are likely to struggle to land in the city itself.

“Russian troops did not work well during the war in operations on the urban terrain that was built,” they said.

Russia states that it is conducting “special military operations” to demilitarize Ukraine and eliminate nationalists who are threatening Russian-speaking people there. Kyiv and the Western nations say Russia’s claim is a false excuse for war.

Thousands were killed, including many civilians, and millions were displaced to safer regions of Ukraine or other countries.

Moscow has denied targeting civilians, but Russia’s destruction of the entire city has spread international criticism. Russian President Vladimir Putin has not been thwarted by widespread western sanctions on Russia and previous battlefield setbacks.

Russia’s eastern interests follow the withdrawal of troops from their approach to Kyiv and the Ukrainian counterattack that pushed the troops back from Kharkiv in the northeast, Ukraine’s second largest city.

Ukrainian staff also said Saturday that several Russian strikes had hit communities and infrastructure near Kharkiv. Solar power plants in the area were severely damaged after a missile strike was revealed, according to Reuters.

Guns and grains

France’s President Emmanuel Macron and Germany’s Prime Minister Olav Schortz spoke to Putin on a party line on Saturday, pushing for diplomatic efforts to find solutions to conflicts that are innumerable across Ukraine’s borders.

They urged him to lift Russia’s blockade of the port of Odesa to allow Ukrainian grain exports, France said. The Kremlin said President Putin said Moscow was ready to discuss how to allow Ukraine to resume shipping grain from the Black Sea port.

Ukraine is a major grain exporter, and blocking its exports can lead to food shortages in many countries, including Africa.

Meanwhile, the supply of weapons from allies to Kyiv continued. Ukrainian Defense Minister Olexi Reznikov said he has begun receiving Harpoon anti-ship missiles from Denmark and self-propelled howitzers from the United States. Moscow intensifies military attacks in cities in eastern Ukraine

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