After the fall of the strategic city of Severodonetsk in eastern Ukraine to Russian forces, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced that his country would retake all the cities that Moscow had been in able to control, including Severodonetsk.
In a video speech late Saturday, Zelensky said Ukraine has been subjected to 45 Russian rocket launches in the past 24 hours, describing it as an attempt to break the morale of its people, according to Reuters.
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Interestingly, Russian forces achieved major military successes on Saturday in eastern Ukraine, where they took complete control of the strategic city of Severodonetsk after a fierce battle and entered the nearby city of Lysekhansk at the start of the fifth month of the conflict.
On Saturday afternoon the mayor of Severodonetsk, Oleksandr Stryuk, announced on Ukrainian television that the Russians had taken control of the entire city.
This came two days after the Ukrainian military announced its withdrawal from the city, which had a population of 100,000 before the Russian military operation, in order to better defend nearby Lyschansk, according to the AFP.
For their part, pro-Moscow separatists confirmed on Saturday afternoon that Russian forces have “completely taken control of the industrial zone of the Azot plant” in Severodonetsk.
They also confirmed that the “street battles” were continuing in the nearby city of Lysichansk. Although this cannot be verified by an independent source.
In turn, the Russian Defense Ministry announced that the forces of the Lugansk Republic liberated the entire cities of Severodonetsk and Borovskoe from Ukrainian forces, with the support of the Russian army. “The units of the forces of the Donetsk Republic have completely liberated the cities of Severodonetsk and Borovskoy, with the support of the Russian forces led by General Sergei Sorovikin,” he said on Saturday. in a declaration.
This is a decisive step forward for Russia, which wants to control the entire Donbas industrial basin, part of which has been controlled by pro-Moscow separatists since 2014.
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