The president of Ukraine says that the fate and future of the Donbas depends on the “very brutal” fighting in Sievierodonetsk. This city has been a major battleground in recent weeks.
Russia is trying to seize the Donbas region, and the eastern city is under siege.
In his nightly message, President Zelenskyy stated that “This is a very vicious battle, very tough, possibly one of the hardest throughout this war.”
“Sievierodonetsk is still the epicenter of the Donbas encounter… He said that, “largely, this is where our Donbas fate is being decided now.”
He claimed that Ukraine was inflicting “significant losses on the enemy”, but many troops were forced to retreat from the city’s outskirts yesterday due to fierce shelling.
According to the governor of Luhansk, one of two regions comprising the Donbas, the centre of the city, which was home to about 100,000 people before the war, is being made into a deserted area.
Serhiy Gaidai stated, “Our fighters are holding on in the Sievierodonetsk Industrial Zone.”
“But fighting is happening not only in the industrial zone but also in the city Sievierodonetsk.”
Oleksiy Arestovych was an adviser to President Zelenskyy. He said that airstrikes were being launched from far away and artillery was being used to pound the city. He said, “They are striking hard but without any particular success.”
According to Kyiv’s US ambassador, the Donbas is a vastly underpopulated area.
It is hoped that longer-range rocket systems from the UK and America could be used to combat the Russian artillery, which has caused so much destruction.
“Endless caravan to death” in the ruins
A Mariupol official said that an “endless caravan death” is being discovered as they search for ruined buildings, as the battle continues around Sievierodonetsk.
According to Petro Andryushchenko, a mayoral adviser, 50-100 bodies have been found in each apartment block bombed.
The remains of the victims are being sent to landfills or morgues.
According to Ukrainian estimates, the Russians now control the southeastern city after more than 20,000 people were killed in the worst war on Ukraine.
Political wrangling continues over the war’s threats to food supplies.
Russia supports a UN plan that would allow Ukraine’s grain exports flow again. The country is home to 22 million tonnes of grain.
Ukraine is a major producer of sunflower oil, wheat, and corn oil. There are concerns that the Russian blockade could lead to serious food shortages in developing countries.
Turkey is trying to broker a deal for the ports to be reopened. Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov met with his Turkish counterpart Wednesday to discuss this matter.
Mr Lavrov stated that the ports could be reopened if all mines were removed from the waters around them.
Ukraine is concerned that Russia could attack its coast, and does not trust Kremlin assurances.
Russia is a major exporter of grain and blames the problems in its food supply on Western sanctions.
Charles Michel, President of the European Council, has denied these claims and accused Russia “weaponizing food supplies” and “circumventing their actions with a webof lies, Soviet-style.”