As Russian forces intensified their attacks in areas of the Donbass region, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russia of implementing a “clear genocidal policy” in the country’s eastern region.
In his daily televised speech on Friday, he made it clear that the Moscow attack in the Donbass could end up leaving the region “uninhabited”, accusing the Russians of wanting to reduce in ashes their cities.
Furthermore, he said: “All this, including the deportation of our people and the mass killing of civilians, is a clear genocidal policy pursued by Russia,” according to the Agence France-Presse.
The Ukrainian president’s statements came after similar statements by his foreign minister, Dmytro Kuleba, in which he described the military situation in the east of the country as very bad.
Interestingly, the Russian-Ukrainian conflict has entered its fourth month, as fighting intensifies in the east.
A long and difficult stage
Kiev confirmed that the country is going through a difficult and long period, noting that the intensity of the battles in the Donbass region has reached its “maximum”, while Russian forces are still penetrating the country.area industrial.
Last March, Moscow launched the second phase of its military operation, focusing on the east, after it failed to capture Kiev or Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city.
TO tale purpose, thousands of troops were sent to the region, stationed in three directions, to surround the Ukrainian forces in the city of Severodonetsk, on the eastern bank of the Seversky Donets River, and in the opposite city of Lysechansk, on the west bank.
While aiming to control the entire Lugansk region with the aim of opening a land corridor connecting the east with the Crimea, which it annexed in 2014, despite having repeatedly stated that the goal of tale operation is to protect the Russian-speaking population of the Donbass, many of whom are loyal to Russia. .
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