Ukrainians resist in Severodonetsk, as planned by Zelensky more weapons

Russian forces advanced deep into the destroyed factory town of Severodonetsk in the east of the country, but Ukrainian troops were still held back on Friday as President Volodymyr Zelensky said Kyiv expected to receive more weapons from allies.

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“The fighting continues in the center of Severodonetsk,” the Ukrainian General Staff said in The Situation Report, adding that Russian forces were constantly shelling Ukrainian sites in the town next door in the suburbs of Borivsk and Ustynivka, and in the town of Lysychansk across the Donets River.

The Ukrainian military said in a statement that Russian forces continued to target civilian infrastructure in various counties.

Over the past 24 hours, according to the statement, Russia has lost five combat tanks, three artillery systems, two armored vehicles and three Orlan-10 drones.

In addition, the General Staff reported Russian airstrikes on the village of Myrna Dolina and unsuccessful attempts to break into the nearby settlements of Metyolkin and Bilohorivka.

Russian attempts to cut off Severodonetsk supply lines to the west by attacking the area About Bakhmut also Ukrainian report said failed.

In the area around Sloviansk, Russian forces are said to have advanced at a slow pace. Attempts to break into the town were made from Lyman, the report said, adding that Russian attacks from Lyman north repelled, resulting in heavy enemy casualties.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian Defense Minister He said his troops were already training in Europe to operate on new advanced missile systems promised by the United States and Britain this week.

That Western war countries We believe Russia foresees this victory within hours has landed for more than three months, with Moscow having been pushed back from the capital but launching massive new assaults in the East.

The past The past few weeks have seen Russia pumping its forces into the country’s battle for Severodonetsk, a small factory town in the east that must be captured by Russia to achieve its stated goal of controlling everything in Luhansk province. Both sides suffer huge losses there in a street-by-street battle that can set the stage for a long war of attrition.

“I regret to say that the Russian army succeeded,” he added as he drove deep into the city…they control most of the city,” Ukrainian regional governor Serhiy said. Gaidai, in Overnight TV commentary.

He said of the five in The City It was now a contested “grey area”. Ukrainian fighters were held in an area are still able to evacuate the Russians And took control of some streets six Russian prisoners the day before.

So I tell skeptics not to write off Severodonetsk. It is too early to do so. The city he goes on. “

Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov also said Ukrainian forces had achieved some success in Severodonetsk overnight, although he said it was still too early to give details.

Speaking via video link at a security conference in Reznikov Bratislava said Ukrainian artillery crews were also already training in Europe to work on new HIMARS and MLRS missile systems promised earlier this week by the United States and Great Britain.

Washington said this week it expects about three weeks of training will be needed before Ukraine can start using missiles that can strike Russian rear supply lines and help deny the advantage of the firepower of the Russian artillery in the foreground.

He was asked when Ukraine would be able to reverse Russian gains and drive Russian forces out of eastern Ukraine. But hopefully it’s a completely realistic plan to do it this year. “

Meanwhile, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday that Russian forces had succeeded in their primary stated mission of protecting civilians in separatist-held areas. it is added that the Russian forces have “liberated” parts of Ukraine and ‘this work You will continue until all the objectives of the Special Army Process are accomplished.

In a video message on the occasion of the First 100 Days War, Zelensky indicated that his country will not easily succumb to Russian aggression after showing resilience through months of attacks from a larger enemy.

We have already defended Ukraine for 100 days. “Victory will be ours,” he said.

slow but steady progress

Although driven out of northern Ukraine in March after failed assaults on the capital, Russia still controls about five parts of Ukraine, about half seized control in 2014 and the other half seized since its launch invasion on February 24.

The massive Russian offensive in the East has been one of the deadliest stages of the war for both sides in recent weeks. Moscow has made slow but steady progress on Ukrainian forces inside the pocket of Luhansk and Donetsk provinces, but has so far failed to encircle them.

Ukrainian forces are pushed back to Severodonetsk but still hold tightly its twin town Lysychansk across the Donets River.

Kyiv, meanwhile, hopes the Russian advance will leave Moscow’s forces so depleted that Ukraine can launch counterattacks and reclaim territory. In the coming months.

“We expect more good news on weapon supplies from other partners…We are working on much higher modern combat systems supplies,” Zelensky said in his overnight speech.

Russia has denounced a US arms package worth $700 million for Ukraine, which will include missile systems with a range of up to 80 kilometers (50 miles).

US President Joe Biden’s administration has said Ukraine has promised not to use missiles to hit targets in Russia. Moscow, you call this an invasion a ‘Special Military Operation’ Disarmament and ‘disarmament’ Ukraine, says Western weapons will add ‘fuel’ to the fire. “

War and Western sanctions are having their effect on a global economy still struggling with the holidays caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Russia that effectively shut down Every Local Is Independent Media said that since the war began on Friday, it will recall US-based news ports next week and impose ‘strict measures’ in revenge for our measures to restrict Russian media.

Ukraine is one of the world’s largest suppliers of grain, edible oil and deliveries have been interrupted due to the Russian blockade of its ports. Western countries are calling on Moscow to allow shipments to resume. Russia blames the West for sanctions for a global food crisis.

The UN aid chief was Martin Griffiths in Moscow to discuss with Russian officials how the lane can be sanitized for food shipments.

“The situation remains,” said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric, the UN is “flexible,” adding that the UN “will go and do wherever we are.” need to go pay for this project. “

Martin E. Berry