Fear mounts for 500 Ukrainians trapped in chemical plant – including 40 children – World News

More than 500 civilians, including 40 children, are stranded at the Azot chemical plant. Severodonetsk has been at the heart of the war between Russia and Ukraine for weeks

Smoke rises above the Azot plant in Severodonetsk
Smoke rises above the Azot plant in Severodonetsk

Fear grew today for hundreds of Ukrainians trapped at a factory in stricken Severodonetsk.

Defiant Kyiv ignored Moscow’s demands for surrender while Russia continued to attack with rockets, mortars and machine guns.

More than 500 civilians, including 40 children, are stranded at the Azot chemical plant.

When the shattered city falls, President Vladimir Putin will celebrate the capture of Luhansk, one of two contested Donbass regions.

Severodonetsk has been the main focus of the war for weeks, and more than 1,000 Ukrainian soldiers are defending the position.







Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with RusNano State Corporation CEO Sergey Kulikov in Moscow
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Mayor Oleksandr Stryuk said: “We are trying to push the enemy towards the city center… This is an ongoing situation with partial successes and tactical retreats. The escape routes are dangerous, but there are some.”

The Azot bombing commemorates the siege of the Azovstal Steelworks in the southern port of Mariupol, which fell to Putin’s forces last month.

Moscow claims Donbass on behalf of the separatists and refocused its attack there after failing to capture Ukraine’s capital.







Destroyed houses after strikes in the town of Pryvillya in the Donbass region
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US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin told fellow NATO defense ministers in Brussels that the invasion came at a “defining moment”.

He added: “We cannot afford to slack off and we must not slack off. It’s about a lot.”

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy demanded more weapons from ministers and said: “We must remain strong.”







President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy
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Kyiv is losing 100 to 200 soldiers a day, Russia is said to have lost 31,000 since the February 31 invasion.

Moscow recently lost its 53rd and 54th colonels in the conflict, it was revealed.

Sergei Postnov, in his 40s, died in Luhansk this week and paratrooper Sergei Krasnikov, 56, was killed in Ternove in the Kharkiv region.

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