Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Ukraine will fight to regain all of its territory held by Russian forces, focusing on Severodonetsk, one of the bloodiest battles yet
Russia’s bloody attacks on remaining communities in embattled Luhansk have turned them into war-torn “dead cities,” Ukraine’s president said today.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy confirmed that his troops are still defending much of the key city of Severodonetsk against a savage attack by Russian battalions.
The Kremlin is believed to be throwing more and more troops into the battle for Severodonetsk as Moscow courts have banned any media mention of the death toll.
If Severodonetsk falls into Russia’s hands, it means Moscow has taken almost all of Luhansk, one of two regions that make up the embattled Donbass to the east.
Both sides engage in bloody street-to-street battles, with artillery shells constantly raining down on the scenes of carnage and corpses littering the streets.
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It has long been suspected that the Kremlin wants to reduce neighboring Ukraine to a “frozen war” occupied by a skeletal force and its capitals in ruins.
But today Zelensky pledged that Ukraine will fight to regain all of its territory held by Russian forces, focusing on Severodonetsk, one of the bloodiest battles yet.
He said, “We’ve already lost too many people to just cede our territory.”
Zelenskyy asserted that a standoff was “not an option,” adding defiantly: “We must achieve complete disoccupation of our entire territory.”
And referring to French President Emmanuel Macron, who recently suggested it was important not to “humiliate” Moscow, he added: “We will not humiliate anyone, we will respond in kind.”
Ukrainian officials had claimed their forces launched a surprise counterattack in Severodonestk last week, driving the Russians out of part of the city center.
On Tuesday, Britain’s Defense Ministry said Russia was still trying to cut off Severodonetsk by encroaching from the north and south.
It states: “Russia will almost certainly need to achieve a breakthrough on at least one of these axes in order to translate tactical gains into operational-level successes and progress toward its political goal of control of the entire Donetsk region.”
Zelensky added that Kyiv is gradually receiving “specific anti-ship systems” that would help break a Russian blockade of Ukrainian ports.
It has emerged that Russia is preventing the media from revealing details about the deaths of troops in Ukraine as Moscow is said to have already lost 31,000.
Judiciary chiefs banned mention of fatalities and Russian courts declared lists of killed soldiers to be “state secrets”.
The cover-up was uncovered amid growing fears that Russia’s rising toll in Ukraine could undermine support for the bloody invasion.
But support for the war – albeit based on false narratives such as that Ukraine is ruled by “Nazis” propagated by the Kremlin for years – has grown in Russia.
Russian pollsters estimate that 77% of Russians support the war, up from 74% in April, according to US think tank Atlantic Council.
And that’s despite the fact that cemeteries now house corpse alleys and tombstones dubbed ‘alleys of the dead’.
It is now feared that dead conscripts on the sunken Moskva cruiser may never be identified, and the father of a conscript has challenged the Kremlin.
Dmitry Shkrebets, 43, is being investigated on terrorism charges as part of his campaign for the truth about his son Yegor, 20, who may have been on the Black Sea Fleet flagship that was hit by Ukrainian missiles.
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