Zelensky asks his army to be “stopped” .. and Putin is “proud” of his soldiers

Today, Wednesday, the Russian military continues to target the positions of Ukrainian military forces and infrastructure and liberate the Donbass lands, as part of its military operation launched on February 24, while Kiev continues to receive material support and military equipment from the powers. westerners.

Ukrainian and Russian forces are still clinging to their positions on the battlefields in eastern Ukraine to this day. Fighting in the months-long war has swayed Russia’s favor in recent weeks, due to its enormous superiority in artillery firepower, a fact acknowledged by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. in a late night speech on Tuesday.

President Zelensky called on the Ukrainian army to “stand still”, stating that the outcome of the war depends on its resilience and ability to face the Russian army and inflict casualties on it. “The Ukrainian army is strengthening its defenses in the Lugansk region thanks to tactical maneuvers. This is really the most difficult point. The occupiers are also pressing hard. in direction of Donetsk, “he added.

In return, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he was “proud” of his soldiers’ efforts in Ukraine and promised further military reinforcements. In the Kremlin, Putin spoke with graduates of Russian military academies and senior military officials. Referring to the sanctions imposed on Russia, he said: “Of course, they will be overcome”.

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In the latest developments, Mikhail Mizintsev, head of the National Defense Monitoring Center in Russia announced that Russian forces have evacuated more than two million people from the dangerous areas of the clashes in Ukraine and the Donbass republics.

For its part, the Russian Defense Ministry claimed that the 155 mm M-777 howitzer delivered in Ukraine from the United States and European countries has become a “good target” for its forces.

Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said Tuesday that on the last day alone 15 of these guns were destroyed, most of them in a train station, without being able to fire a single shot.

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Konashenkov also said that high-precision missiles, launched from the air, destroyed four ammunition depots in the Luhansk Republic and the Buk-M1 anti-aircraft missile system in the Donetsk People’s Republic, as well as inflicting casualties on personnel and equipment. of the Ukrainian Army. Forces and ultra-nationalist factions.

As Russian forces intensified their advance into Donbass in eastern Ukraine, a US official in Washington announced that US Attorney General Merrick Garland had gone in Unannounced visit to Kiev to discuss with Ukrainian prosecutor Irina Venediktova about international and US efforts to help Kiev “identify the persons implicated in war crimes. “and other atrocities in Ukraine, their arrest and prosecution.

For his part, the governor of the Lugansk region, Sergey Gaidai, spoke on Tuesday of “battles (circle) in the industrial district of Severodonetsk and catastrophic devastation in Lysechansk”.

For weeks theareathe subject of daily bombings, witnesses violent artillery clashes between Russian and Ukrainian forces.

Several cities in the Donbass under Kiev’s control are still preparing for the advance of Russian forces, such as Sloviansk and Kramatorsk, east of Severodonetsk.

“In the last few hours, the front has approached 15-20 kilometers,” Slovyansk Mayor Vadim Lyakh told AFP, expressing the hope that the “new weapons” needed by the Ukrainian army will arrive quickly.

Also on the military level, Russia reiterated that it had rejected an “adventure” by the Kiev forces to recapture Snake Island, area symbolic and strategic of the Black Sea that Moscow occupied at the beginning of its offensive against Ukraine, which began last February 24.

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