The explosion shook the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, on Sunday as the regional governor said Ukrainian troops were opposed to Russian troops in the strategic eastern city of Severodonetsk.
The battle for the city of Severodonetsk in eastern Ukraine was taking place street by street, President Volodymyr Zelensky said while the explosion shook the capital at the beginning of Sunday.
Mayor Vitali Klitschko said on Telegram, “Several explosions occurred in the city’s Darnitsky and Doniplovsky districts. Service stopped shortly after warnings of air raids were issued in Kieu and several other cities. I’m doing it. “
“Currently, no one was killed in a missile strike on infrastructure. One injured was hospitalized.”
Ukrainian officials said rail infrastructure was targeted in the first strike in Kyiv since April 28, when Russian missiles killed U.S.-funded Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty producers. ..
Separately, at least 11 civilians were reportedly killed in the Luhansk region, where Severodonetsk is located, the nearby Donetsk region, and the southern city of Mykolaiv.
“The situation in Severodonetsk, where street fights continue, is still very difficult,” Zelensky said in his daily speech on Saturday night.
Cities in the eastern Donbus region, at the heart of Russia’s offensive, were exposed to “continuous airstrikes, artillery and missile launches,” but Ukrainian troops maintained their position, he said.
Severodonetsk is Ukraine’s largest city in the Luhansk region of Donbas, with Russian troops gradually advancing in recent weeks after being withdrawn or repelled from other regions, including around the capital Kieu. ..
Luhansk Governor Sergiy Gaidy said on Sunday that Russian troops had lost ground in the city.
“Russians controlled about 70% of the city, but were forced back in the last two days,” he said in a telegram.
“The city is divided into two parts. They are afraid to move around the city freely.”
Russian troops on Saturday claimed that some Ukrainian troops had withdrawn from Severodonetsk, but Mayor Oleksandr Strike said Ukrainian troops were fighting to recapture the city.
“We are currently doing everything we need to reestablish full control of the city,” Telegram said in an interview broadcast.
As part of that, Moscow claims to have destroyed two Ukrainian command centers and six ammunition depots in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
“Ukrainian troops have successfully slowed Russian operations to surround Ukraine’s position in Luhansk. [region] Similar to Russia’s frontal attack in Severodonetsk with a cautious and effective local counterattack in Severodonetsk, “the US-based Institute for the Study of War said in a late Saturday assessment.
“Put Russia in its place”
Tens of thousands have been killed, millions have been forced to flee, and the town has turned into rubble since Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a total assault on his pro-Western neighbors on February 24. rice field.
Western nations have imposed increasingly stringent sanctions on Russia and supplied Ukraine with weapons, but there is a division of how to respond.
French President Emmanuel Macron said Friday President Putin made a “fundamental mistake” but should not “humiliate” Russia to find a diplomatic solution.
Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Saturday that such a call was “humiliating France only” and that every country is in a similar position.
“It’s Russia that humiliates us. We’re all more focused on how to put Russia in its place,” he said.
Despite diplomatic efforts, conflicts are intensifying in the southern and eastern parts of the country.
Ukraine reported two victims of a Russian missile strike in southwestern Odesa without identifying whether they were dead or injured.
The Russian Defense Ministry said it had attacked a “foreign mercenary deployment point” in the village of Dakne in the Odessa region.
He also claimed to have conducted a missile strike at an artillery training center with “foreign leaders” in northeastern Sumy.
Fear of food
Apart from human casualties, the conflict has caused widespread damage to Ukraine’s cultural heritage.
On Saturday, Ukrainian officials reported blaming Russia for a fire in a large Orthodox wooden church, a popular pilgrimage site.
In a statement, Culture Minister Alexander Tkachenko continues to prove that Moscow “cannot be part of the civilized world.”
The Russian Defense Ministry has accused “Ukrainian nationalists” of the flame.
According to Kieu, Russian troops now occupy one-fifth of Ukraine’s territory, and Moscow has blocked the Black Sea port, causing fear of a global food crisis. Ukraine and Russia are one of the top wheat exporters in the world.
The United Nations said it is leading fierce negotiations with Russia to allow Ukrainian grain harvests to leave the country.
Putin said on Friday that it was “no problem” to export grain from Ukraine via Kyiv or Moscow-controlled ports or via Central Europe.
The United Nations warns that African countries, which normally import more than half of their wheat consumption from Ukraine and Russia, are facing an “unprecedented” crisis.
Food prices in Africa have already surpassed it in the aftermath of the 2011 Arab Spring Riot and the 2008 Food Riot.
African Union leader Macky Sall of Senegal said he intends to visit Ukraine after meeting Putin the day before to discuss wheat shortages.
Ukrainian Defense Minister Olexi Reznikov reiterated the government’s appeal on Saturday for prompt delivery of heavy artillery.
When Kyiv receives the requested equipment, he says, “I can’t clearly predict in what month they’ll be kicked out, but I hope to do it this year-and it’s an absolutely realistic plan. “.
Apart from the battlefield, Ukraine will fight to beat Wales in the playoff finals on Sunday, aiming to reach the first Soccer World Cup since 1958.
“We all understand that the match against Wales is no longer a physical condition or tactic, but a survival match,” said Ukraine’s Oleksandr Zinchenko.
“We play for the country, so everyone fights to the end and devotes everything.”
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