Ukraine challenges Russia’s Severodonetsk Ultimatam


Ukraine’s Kieu / NIU-York — Ukraine surrendered the eastern city of Sieviero Donetsk on Wednesday, ignoring Russia’s final city.

Severodonetsk, now largely abandoned, has been the main focus of the war for weeks. Russia has told Ukrainian troops trapped in a chemical factory there to stop “putting meaningless resistance and weapons” on Wednesday morning and boost its dominance in the fight for control of eastern Ukraine. rice field.

Ukraine says more than 500 civilians, including 40 children, remain with soldiers in the Azot chemical plant, protected from Russian artillery.

Oleksandr Stryuk, mayor of Sievierodonetsk, says Russian troops are trying to attack the city from several directions, but Ukrainians continue to defend it and are not completely blocked despite the destruction of all river bridges. Said that.

Moscow said Wednesday it would evacuate civilians from the factory, but Russian-backed separatists said Ukrainian bombardment had shattered plans.

Serhiy Gaidai, governor of the Luhansk region, including Sievierodonetsk, said Ukrainian troops continued to protect the city and prevented Russian troops from taking their twin city Lysychansk to the other side of the Siverskyi Donets river.

“Nevertheless, the Russians are nearby, the population is suffering, and the houses are destroyed,” he posted online shortly before the deadline for Russia’s 8 am Moscow time (0500 GMT).

Reuters could not immediately verify the battlefield account.

Luhansk is one of the two eastern states that Moscow claims on behalf of the Separatist agents. Together they form the Ukrainian industrial area of ​​Donbus, where Russia focused on the attack.

Dozens of NATO defense ministers in Brussels addressed the next move, and US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the invasion was a “critical moment.”

“We can’t give up and we can’t lose steam. The stakes are too high,” he said at the beginning of the meeting.

Mariupol’s Echo

The Azov bombardment reflected the early siege of the Azovstal ironworks in the south port of Mariupol’s shipping, with hundreds of fighters and civilians evacuated from Russian bombardment. Insiders surrendered in mid-May and were detained in Russia.

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On April 16, 2022, in Sieviero Donetsk, in the Luhansk region of Ukraine, locals are walking in a vacant lot with houses damaged by a military attack. (Serhii Nuzhnenko / Reuters)

Sieviero Donetsk’s vast ammonia plant was founded under Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. According to the mayor, the people inside survived the water supply from the wells and the food brought in, but the situation was critical.

British intelligence said fighters could survive underground and Russian troops would probably continue to focus on them and prevent attacks from elsewhere.

However, Ukrainian troops on the Eastern Front are exhausted and numerous, said British Defense Minister Ben Wallace.

Kieu said hundreds have been injured and 100-200 soldiers have been killed daily in some of the bloodiest battles since Russia’s February 24 invasion.

Western nations have promised NATO standard weapons, including advanced US rockets. However, their deployment was time consuming, and Zelensky said Ukraine did not have a sufficient missile defense system and the delay was not justified.

His adviser, Mihairo Podriak, said defenders of Sieviero Donetsk wanted to know when the weapons would arrive. “Brussels, we are waiting for a decision,” he wrote on Twitter.

NATO Secretary-General Jason Stoltenberg said the alliance is “very focused on strengthening support” for Ukraine. The rally in Brussels is the third time a group from nearly 50 countries has met to coordinate Kyiv’s support.

In May, the US Senate passed a bill to provide Ukraine with $ 40 billion in additional aid, promising long-range rocket systems, drones, and advanced artillery.

Elsewhere in Donbus, Ukraine says Russia plans to attack Slovyansk from the north and along the front near Bakumut in the south. The sound of the bombardment was heard 40 km (25 miles) south of Bakumut near the town of Niu York, where Ukrainian troops said Russia was throwing everything into battle.

By Pavel Polityuk and Abdelaziz Boumzar

Reuters

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