Russian troops face severe resistance in Ukrainian Donbus

Moscow-backed separatist leader The state-owned TASS news agency reported on Tuesday: Russian troops were not advancing as rapidly as expected at the Battle of Donetsk, The easternmost city still in the hands of Ukraine.

As the Russian attack continued throughout the eastern Donbus region of Ukraine, the European Union has agreed to ban most imports of Russian oilA move aimed at opening a hole in the Kremlin’s war finances.

EU Leaders said they had agreed to exempt Hungary, a landlocked country that relies heavily on crude oil from Russia, and reduce 90% of Russia’s oil imports by the end of this year.

Announcement came As the Russian army pushed into its main purpose In Donbus, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the situation was “very difficult.”

Russia has sought to seize the entire Luhansk and Donetsk Donbas, which Moscow claims on behalf of the Separatist agents.

By occupying the twin cities of Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk on the banks of the Siverskyi Donets, Moscow effectively ruled Luhansk and the Kremlin could somehow declare victory after more than three months of war. increase.

Leonid Paseknik, the leader of the Moscow-backed People’s Republic of Luhansk, told TASS that one-third of Severodonetsk is “already under our control.” However, it does not progress faster than expected.

According to the Tass news agency, the advance of the Russian army was complicated by the presence of several large chemical plants in the Sieviero Donetsk region.

In the south, Kieu said he had pushed Russian troops back to the defense positions of Andriifka, Rozobe and Birohorka, on the south bank of the Inflat River, which forms the border of Kherson Oblast, where Moscow is trying to strengthen its control.

Reuters was unable to independently verify the claim from either side.

Ukraine called for more long-range weapons to the west, but US President Joe Biden said Washington would not send a Ukrainian rocket system that could reach Russia.

According to Mr. Zelensky, Russian troops bombarded the northeastern city of Kharkiv and the border area of ​​Smy, which was attacked from within Russia, again on Monday.

Russian bombardment reduced most of Sieviero Donetsk to ruins, but Ukrainian defense delayed a broader Russian campaign throughout the Donbas region.

Luhansk Oblast Governor Serhiy Gaidai said Russian troops had advanced around the southeast and northeast of Sievierodonetsk, but Ukrainian troops had driven them south of the village of Toshkivka.

“They use the same tactics over and over again. They fire for hours, three, four, five hours in a row, and then attack,” he said. “The attacker dies. Then the bombardment and attack continue again, until somewhere breakthrough.”

As the temperature rose, there was a “terrible smell of death” in the suburbs of Severodonetsk, Guydai said.

Example of a temporary pipeline

Efforts to agree on EU oil embargo Had It was thwarted by Hungary’s refusal to agree to a ban on Russian imports received through the huge Soviet-era “friendship” pipeline that crosses Ukraine.

Michelle said at a press conference that there was a “temporary exception to oil passing through the pipeline to the EU”, but “to address and ensure this temporary exception, to the European Council as soon as possible. I want to come back. ” You will be able to target all Russian oil. “

Russian President Vladimir Putin talks on monday According to the Kremlin, along with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Russia is ready to work with Turkey to promote unobstructed grain exports from Ukrainian ports.

Western leaders have accused Russia of blocking Ukrainian ports and raising prices for grain and other commodities. The United Nations has said the global food crisis is intensifying and is trying to mediate a deal to lift the block on Ukraine’s grain exports.

“The focus was on ensuring safe navigation in the Black Sea and the Sea of ​​Azov and eliminating the threat of mines in their waters,” the Kremlin said of Putin’s call to Erdogan.

Putin said Russia could export large amounts of fertilizers and agricultural products if sanctions were lifted.

Zelensky also spoke with Prime Minister Erdogan, saying he had discussed food security and defense cooperation “and, of course, how to accelerate the end of this war.” Russian troops face severe resistance in Ukrainian Donbus

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