Think tank says Putin inflicting ‘unspeakable pain’ on Ukrainians bidding to capture Severodnetsk
Institute for the Study of War, an American think tank, They say Russia’s attack in Ukraine has become a “desperate and bloody offensive” to capture the eastern city of Severodnetsk while defending significant but limited gains in the south and east.
In their latest daily assessment of the war, ISW analysts said Russian President Vladimir Putin is “inflicting unspeakable torment on the Ukrainians and demanding the horrific sacrifice of his own people in an effort to seize a city that is worth the cost.” Not worth it, even to him.”
“The Ukrainian army is facing the most serious challenge since the detachment of the Azovstal plant in Mariupol and may in the coming days suffer a significant strategic defeat if Severodnetsk falls, although such an outcome is not certain, and Russian attacks may stop again,” ISW analysts said.
Russia’s embassy in London was not immediately available to comment.
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Zelensky says conditions in Donbass are ‘indescribably difficult’
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has said the situation in the Donbass region is “indescribably difficult” as Russian forces continue to target the region, and thanked Ukrainian forces for countering Russia’s onslaught.
Donbass refers to two eastern Ukrainian regions Luhansk and Donetsk – a major strategic, political and economic target for the Kremlin.
“The situation is very complicated, especially in those areas of the Donbass and Kharkiv region, where the Russian army is trying to squeeze at least some results for itself,” Zelensky said.
“The main areas of fighting on the frontline are still Severodnetsk, Lisichansk, Bakhmut, Popasna and other cities where the Russian offensive is concentrated. But our defenses are holding up. It is indescribably difficult there. And I am grateful to all those who have done this. faced the onslaught of the occupiers,” he said.
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Russia raids eastern cities to surround Ukraine’s army
Russian forces on Saturday intensified their attack on the Ukrainian city of Svyarodonetsk after claiming it had captured the rail hub of nearby Lyman, as Kyiv intensified its calls for long-range weapons from the west. To help fight back in the Donbass region.
The slow, solid Russian advance in recent days points to a subtle pace shift in the war, which is now in its fourth month. The invading forces appear close to capturing all of the Luhansk region of the Donbass, one of the more modest combat goals set after the Kremlin abandoned its attack on Kyiv in the face of Ukrainian resistance.
Russia’s defense ministry said on Saturday that its troops and allied separatist forces now have full control over Lyman, the site of a railway junction west of the Siversky Donets River in the Donetsk region, which neighboring Luhansk.
However, Ukraine’s Deputy Defense Minister Hannah Malayar said the fight for Lyman was on, the ZN.ua website reported.
Svyarodonetsk, about 60 km (40 mi) from Lyman on the eastern bank of the river, and the largest Ukrainian-occupied city of Donbass, was under heavy attack from the Russians.
“Sevierodonetsk is under constant enemy fire,” Ukrainian police posted on social media on Saturday.
Russian artillery was also shelling the Lysychansk-Bakhmut road, which Russia must take to shut down a pincer movement and encircle Ukrainian forces.
“There has been a huge devastation in Lisichansk,” the police said.
Putin says Kyiv to be blamed for stalled talks with Macron, Scholzo
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.
The group discussed stalled talks between Russia and Ukraine, with the Kremlin saying Kyiv was to blame for the current standoff. “Putin reaffirmed the Russian side’s openness to the resumption of talks,” Russia said in a read-out after the 80-minute call.
According to a read-out from the German federal government, Scholz and Macron called on Putin to “have serious direct talks with the President of Ukraine and find a diplomatic solution to the conflict”.
Putin also said that the West who arms Ukraine “may risk further destabilizing the situation and escalating the humanitarian crisis.”
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