As soon as Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov confirmed on Tuesday that a new phase of military operations would be launched in eastern Ukraine, when a Ukrainian official announced the fall of the city of Kermina (in the east of the country). ) in the hands of the Russians.
The orcs have entered
Sergey Gaidai, governor of the Lugansk region, confirmed in a press release, according to Reuters, that Russian forces had taken control of the city, saying “Russian goblins have entered Kermina.”
The Russian attack will fail
On the other hand, an aide to Ukrainian President Volodymyr stressed that the new Russian offensive in the east of the country is proceeding “with great caution” and will fail, because the Russian forces do not have the strength to penetrate the Ukrainian defenses.
Presidential adviser Oleksiy Arstovich also added that the Russians have tried to find “sensitive spots in the defenses of the Ukrainian forces”, but noted that “their attack will fail”. , “He said.
Also, he explained in statements on national television that “the battle of the Donbass, which apparently began yesterday, is in course and continues with great caution, but it will not be in Russia’s interest “.
A new important step
At the same time, the Russian Defense Ministry announced today that its forces have pledged to “liberate” eastern Ukraine, as it said.
Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Russian forces are gradually implementing their plan to liberate the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics “, referring to the two regions under the control of pro-Moscow rebels in the east of the country.
While Lavrov described that phase of the military operation in the east as a task, expecting it to be a decisive development.
Interestingly, since its retirement from the vicinity of the capital Kiev earlier this month (April 20229), Moscow announced it would focus its operations in the east, but apparently now zero it didn’t start until the last few hours.
While Kiev has pledged to fight and defend the region to the death, stressing that the east of the country will witness bitter battles.
The Ukrainian east is an important region for Russia, where many Russian and Ukrainian citizens loyal to it reside, and is considered of strategic importance, since its complete control will allow it to connect it with Crimea (south of the country), which annexed to its territory in 2014.
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