Russia strikes Ukraine’s Donetsk after occupying the Luhansk region


Kyiv — Russian troops attack targets throughout Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region on Tuesday to the expected armored propulsion to seize more territory when the war five months ago enters a new phase. Prepared the way.

A strike reported by the regional governor and Russian troops handed over full control of the Luhansk region, one of its main war objectives, after Moscow occupied the Ukrainian city of Lysychans’k on Sunday. rice field.

Complete control of Donetsk, another region of the industrialized eastern part of Ukraine, which has been the stage of the greatest battles in Europe for generations, is what Moscow calls a “special military operation”. One goal.

According to Serhiy Gaidai, the governor of Ukraine in Luhansk, Ukrainian troops withdrew from Lysychans’k on the weekend occupied a new fortress line in Donetsk on Tuesday.

Donetsk Oblast Governor Pablo Kirirenko, who foresaw future possibilities, said on television that his area had been hit overnight.

“Slovyansk and Kramatorsk were bombarded. They are now also the main line of attack on the enemy from the Lyman direction … there is no safe place in the Donetsk area without bombardment,” he said.

The Russian Defense Ministry said it would not target residential areas and said Ukraine used so-called precision weapons to destroy Donetsk’s command centers and artillery, which still dominate major cities.

President Vladimir Putin said that troops involved in the occupation of Luhansk, which is also part of an attempt to occupy the city of Donetsk, “rested and recovered their military preparations while troops from other parts of Ukraine continued to fight. I will do it. “

Since the beginning of the conflict, Russia has demanded that Ukraine pass both Luhansk and Donetsk to Moscow-backed separatists who have declared independence.

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People are waiting for humanitarian aid in Kramatorsk in the Donetsk region of Ukraine on July 4, 2022. (MarkoDjurica / Reuters)

Claim of “last victory”

“This is Russia’s last victory on Ukrainian territory,” Oleksiy Aresevich, adviser to President Volodymyr Zelensky, insisted in a video posted online.

“These were medium-sized cities, and this took from April 4th to July 4th, or 90 days. So many losses.”

Aresovich said that in addition to the Battle of Donetsk, Ukraine wanted to launch a counterattack in the southern part of the country.

“Occupying a city in the east means that 60% of Russian troops are now concentrated in the east and it is difficult to turn south,” he claimed.

“And there is no more power to bring from Russia. They paid a lot of money to Sieviero Donetsk and Lysychans’k.”

Early on Tuesday, a Russian rocket struck the city of Mykolaiv in the southern part of the highway between Kherson and Odesa, said Mayor Oleksandr Senkevic.

Zelenskyy said on Monday that the troops continued to fight despite Ukraine’s withdrawal from Lysychans’k.

“Ukrainian troops respond, push back and destroy the offensive potential of the occupiers every day,” Zelensky said in a nightly video message.

“We need to break them. It’s a difficult task. It takes time and superhuman effort. But there is no other choice.”

By Max Hunder and Tom Balmforth

Reuters

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