As Russian forces intensified their attack on cities in eastern Ukraine with the entry of their military operation in the fourth month, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stressed that the situation on the ground is very complicated, especially in Donbass and Kharkiv.
And he added in a video clip on his Facebook page today, Sunday, that Ukrainian forces are working to strengthen their defenses and supply weapons, pointing out that it depends in mostly from partners.
Zelensky’s comments came when the Russian Defense Ministry said on Saturday that his forces and allied separatist forces are now in full control of Lyman, the site of a railway junction located west of the Seversky Donets River in the region of Donetsk on the border with Lugansk.
But Hana Maliar, Ukraine’s deputy defense minister, said the battle of Lyman continues, the site reported. web ZNUA.
For his part, Ukrainian presidential adviser and negotiator Mikhailo Podolyak called again on Saturday for the delivery of US-made long-range multiple rocket launchers.
US officials told Reuters that the dispatch of such systems has been taken in serious consideration, with a decision likely to be made in the next few days.
In turn, the Ukrainian army said its forces have repelled eight attacks in Donetsk and Luhansk in the past 24 hours.
The British Defense Ministry said in its daily intelligence report that if Russia managed to conquer these areas, the Kremlin would likely see it as a “substantial political achievement”.
Interestingly, the Russian advance east came in the wake of a Ukrainian counterattack that prompted the Russians to withdraw from the city of Kharkiv this month. But Moscow prevented Ukrainian forces from attacking the back rows of Russian supply lines at Donbas.
Last March, Moscow announced the start of the second phase of its military operation, which began on February 24 in Ukrainian territory, to control the Donbass and open a land corridor connecting the eastern regions of Crimea, which it annexed to its territory in 2014.
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