Zelensky: Kharkiv and Odessa are under heavy bombardment

Today, Tuesday, the Russian army continues to strike at the positions of Ukrainian military forces and infrastructure and liberate the Donbass lands, as part of its military operation in the Okan lands, while Kiev continues to receive material support and military equipment from the western powers.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky described the Russian attacks in Donbass as brutal and noted that the Ukrainian army was fighting tough battles in Leschansk and Severodonetsk.

Zelensky added: “I expected that Russia would be very nervous about our business. There are bombings of Kharkiv and Odessa. There are attempts at brutal actions. offensive in the Donbass. We are defending Lyschansk and Severodonetsk, we are defending the whole region, which is the most difficult. We are fighting the most difficult battle in those regions. “.

On the ground, Lieutenant Colonel Andrei Maruchko of the Lugansk People’s Forces said that about a thousand civilians are in the shelters of the “Azot” plant in the city of Severodonetsk in the Lugansk Republic.

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The Russian Defense announced on Monday that following last day’s air, missile and artillery attacks, 450 fighters and 13 tanks and other armored vehicles, as well as 16 special vehicles of the Ukrainian forces, were eliminated.

This has happened in a morning briefing by the Russian defense spokesman, who added that a high-precision “Onyx” missile was launched from the “Bastion” coastal system, hitting Artsys airport in Odessa province, which led to the destruction of Bayraktar TB2 unmanned control station, in addition to destroying two aircraft of this type on the ground.

Russia on Monday accused Ukrainian forces of bombing oil platforms in Crimea, which Moscow has controlled since 2014.

The accusation came from the president of Crimea, recognized only by Russia, Sergei Aksyonov, who claimed that Ukrainian forces bombed the drilling platforms of the Black Sea oil and gas company.

He also added, on his Telegram channel, that five people were rescued, three of whom were injured, while he is in course the search for others using ships and planes.

Russia aims to control the entire Donbas basin (which includes Lugansk and Donetsk), after being partially seized by pro-Moscow separatists in 2014, with the aim of opening a land corridor linking Crimea to the east, which has annexed to its territory in the same year.

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