On the impact of the heavy losses suffered by its forces in eastern Ukraine in changing the remarkable progress of Russian forces, on the 112th day of fighting, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky renewed his call to Western countries to pump advanced weapons into his nation.
In a speech delivered at dawn on Wednesday, he said his country’s forces are suffering painful losses in their fight against Russian forces in both the city of Severodonetsk and the Kharkiv region.
He also stressed their need now and without delay for modern anti-missile weapons, noting that there can be no justification for partner countries to delay delivery.
Russian missiles evading defenses
He explained that some Russian missiles escaped the defenses, causing casualties.
In addition, he stressed that “the losses in the east are painful, especially in the city of Severodonetsk, where the fiercest battles take place”.
However, he stressed the need for firmness and cohesion, considering that “this issue is extremely important in the Donbass, because the more casualties the enemy suffers, the more their strength decreases, which prevents their aggression from continuing,” he said.
He continued: “There are also painful losses in the Kharkiv region, east of Kiev, where Russia is trying to strengthen its position after being recently pushed to withdraw”, stressing that “the fighting continues, with force”.
80% of Severodonetsk
The governor of the Lugansk region, Serhiy Heyday, had previously confirmed that he is not in able to isolate Severodonetsk, despite the control of about 80 percent of the city and the destruction of the three bridges that lead to it. “There is still room for evacuating the wounded and communicating with the Ukrainian army and the local population,” he said in an interview with the Associated Press.
However, he acknowledged the withdrawal of Ukrainian forces from the industrial outskirts of the city due to what he described as the “scorched earth and heavy artillery policy of the Russians”.
About 12,000 people are still present in Severodonetsk, which had a population of 100,000 before the war.
While more than 500 civilians take refuge in the chemical nitrogen plant.
Interestingly, Russian forces had taken control of many areas of Donetsk, which together with Luhansk made up the eastern Donbass region, but in recent weeks, fighting has intensified violently in Severodonetsk.
Russia aims to control the entire Donbas basin, after being partially seized by pro-Moscow separatists in 2014, with the aim of opening a land corridor connecting the east with Crimea, which in the same year it annexed to the its territory.
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