Sievierodonetsk, at the heart of the fighting The Russian noose is tightening, especially around the large city of Sievierodonetsk where “the enemy carried out assault operations”, according to a report by the Ukrainian army staff published sunday. “Russia has used all its means to seize Sievierodonetsk or to prevent any communication between the region and Ukraine,” said Serhi Haïdaï, the governor of Luhansk oblast, on his Telegram account on Saturday evening. “Next week will be very tough”, he admitted, considering however that the Russian forces “will not be able to achieve everything they plan in the near future”. “The Russians have brought a lot of means to storm the city but cannot do it yet,” assured the mayor of Sievierodonetsk, Oleksandr Striouk. “We think the city will resist,” he insisted. He warned of the worsening health situation in this city of 100,000 inhabitants before the war. The “constant bombardments” greatly complicate the supply – especially of drinking water – of the city, which has been without electricity for more than two weeks, he wrote on his Telegram account on Saturday evening. The activity of the city’s “humanitarian aid center” has been suspended, he said. “The army [russe] simply destroys the city,” Serhi Haidai had previously said. According to him, the Russian army entered the suburbs of the city where it suffered “heavy losses”. He was responding to a police official from the pro-Russian separatist republic of Luhansk, quoted by the RIA Novosti agency, who said on Friday that “the city of Sievierodonetsk [était] currently surrounded”, and that the Ukrainian troops were trapped there.
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