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Ukraine’s Zelensky demands western unification as Russia moves forward

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky blew up the west on Wednesday for lack of unity as Moscow’s troops advanced in eastern Ukraine as Russia’s invasion entered its fourth month.

The battle reached the edge of the industrial city of Severodonetsk, which was heavily bombarded by Russian troops trying to surround it with one of its main goals in the Donbus region of Ukraine.

Unrepentant Moscow has told the West to lift sanctions to stop the global food crisis caused by the war between the two countries that produce almost one-third of the world’s wheat.

Zelensky wasn’t enough to help Ukraine’s defeated army, saying it was already worth billions of dollars, renewing heavy weapons demands from foreign partners.

“Unity is about weapons. My question is, is this unity really? I don’t know. Our big advantage over Russia is when we are truly united. Zelensky said via the video link at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Mr Zelensky said Ukraine is grateful for the support of the United States, but has called on Europe to step up, specifically in neighboring Hungary, which is blocking the EU-wide embargo on Russia’s oil. Was nominated.

The Ukrainian president said a few hours ago in his daily speech to the country that Russian troops “want to destroy everything” in eastern Ukraine.

Western funding and weapons have helped Ukraine block the progress of its neighbors in many areas, including the capital Kyiv.

Russia is currently focusing on expanding profits on the eastern and south coasts of Donbus, home of pro-Russian separatists.

“Completely destroy”

Governor of the eastern part of Lugansk, Sergie Guyday, said the fighting had reached the “suburbs” of Severodonetsk, which had been hit by airstrikes, rockets, artillery and mortars.

“Russian troops are already advanced enough to fire mortars,” Guyday added in a social media statement. “Yesterday there was already a fight on the outskirts of the city.”

“Russian troops have decided to completely destroy Severodonetsk. They are simply erasing Severodonetsk from the surface of the Earth,” the governor said in another video on Telegram.

“I think next week will be decisive.”

In the town of Soledar, Ukraine’s salt-making base, the ground shook shortly after Natalia Timofeyenko got off the bunker and was convinced she was not alone.

“I go out just to meet people. I know there’s a bombardment, but I’m going,” said the 47-year-old woman, thundering and with most of her friends. Said after breaking a chunk of a huge salt mine that was working. And her neighbor.

Ghostly forefront towns like Soledar have been hit by Russian cannons as they sit along important roads leading from the besieged Severodonetsk and its sister city Lysychans’k.

The Ukrainian president said 12 people were killed in “extremely intense bombardment and attacks” in the vicinity of Donetsk.

The president said Russian cruise missiles attacked Zaporizhia’s main southern railroad hub, killing one person and damaging dozens of homes, as a sign that the rest of the country was at stake. Added.

“Solving food problems”

In Moscow, officials have revealed that Congress has lifted the age limit for soldiers and Russia has settled in a long conflict.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu used the name of President Vladimir Putin in the war and said, “We will continue the special military operation until all objectives are achieved.”

Moscow added that severe sanctions imposed after Russia invaded its pro-Western neighbors on February 24 are causing food shortages around the world.

“Solving the food problem requires a comprehensive approach, including the elimination of sanctions imposed on Russia’s exports and financial transactions,” said Andrey Rudenko, Russia’s deputy foreign minister.

He also demanded that Ukraine mine the port.

The West claims that Russia’s attack on Ukraine and the blockade of Ukrainian ports have pushed world food prices to record highs, raising the threat of exacerbation of hunger, especially in Africa.

EU chief Charles Michel is “confident” in the oil embargo before Monday’s Brussels summit, despite Zelensky’s questioning of its unity. Stated.

NATO unity has also been questioned in relation to Turkey, which threatens to prevent Sweden and Finland from participating in the Ukrainian invasion.

Sweden’s Prime Minister Magdalena Anderson has rejected Turkey’s allegations of support for Kurdish militant groups, saying it has “not sent money to terrorist organizations.”

“It’s just a war”

On the other hand, the southern part of Ukraine lives under Russian occupation.

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday simplifies the process of obtaining a Russian passport for residents of the southern Ukrainian region of Kherson, who are under full control of the Russian army and partially occupy Zaporizhia. Signed.

Residents expressed concern about the future of Kherson. Officials backed by Moscow are promoting a formal annexation by Russia.

“People are very worried,” trolleybus driver Alexander Roginov, 47, told AFP from his car cabin at a press conference hosted by the Russian Defense Ministry.

Especially because “Ukrainian banks are closed”, daily life is plagued by uncertainty over salary payments.

“Honestly, it’s just a war,” Loginov added.

According to Ukrainian officials, 200 bodies were recently found in the basement of a destroyed building in the port city of Mariupol, which fell to Moscow in a catastrophic siege.

Ukrainian ombudsman Lyudmyla Denisova said in a telegram Wednesday that Russian rescuers had left the scene after locals refused to collect and pack the heavily disassembled bodies.

“It’s impossible to be in the area because of the smell of the corpse,” she wrote. “The occupiers turned the entire Mariupol into a graveyard.”

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