On the 95th day of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, heavy fighting is still raging in eastern Ukraine for control of the Donbass region where Russian forces threaten the large city of Severodonetsk, relentlessly pounded. Thus, “the enemy carried out assault operations” in the city, while the Russian grip in the Donbass is tightening, according to a report by the Ukrainian army general staff published on Sunday. Russia has engaged all its means to seize Severodonetsk or to prevent any communication between the region and Ukraine, ”said Sergii Gaïdaï, the governor of the Lugansk region, 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”. This Sunday, still on Telegram, Serguiï Gaïdaï assures that the situation has “greatly worsened” Lyssytchansk. “A Russian shell fell on an apartment building, a girl died on the spot and four people were hospitalized,” he said, while assuring that Saturday was “difficult” in the city, a cinema destroyed and 22 buildings having been damaged. “The city will resist” For his part, the mayor of Severodonetsk Olexander Stryuk affirmed that “the Russians have brought a lot of means to take the city by storm but cannot do it again” but thinks “that the city will resist”. The latter also warned of the worsening health situation in this city of 100,000 inhabitants before the war. two weeks, he wrote on his Telegram account on Saturday evening, adding that the activity of the city’s “humanitarian aid center” had been suspended. The leader of the Russian republic of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov claimed as for him that “Severodonetsk is under our total control (…) The city has been liberated”. Russian efforts are intensifying on Severodonetsk the day after the Russian Ministry of Defense claimed to take control of the key locality of Lyman, located a little further west. Sloviansk and Kramatorsk, in the Donbass. The Commander of the Armed Forces of the Central Military District of Russia, General Alexandre Lapin praised this Sunday “the courage and heroism” of the Russian soldiers who participated in the capture of Lyman. At the same time, the Ukrainian army has indicated that the regrouping of Russian forces is “strengthening” in this sector.
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