Russia and separatists close siege of Severodonetsk as Ukraine demands more weapons from the West

city ​​siege Severodonetskthe main objective of the military conflict in eastern Ukraine at this point in the war, appears to have been completely shut down on Friday, 27, when pro-Russian separatist forces announced that they had taken control of the city center gearIt is an important railway hub in the region.

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General Staff of the separatist forces Donetsk It indicated that it had “completely taken control” of Liman with the support of military units in the area of ​​separation Luhansk And the armed forces of Moscow, said in a telegram.

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Friday’s fight focused on two major cities: Severodonetsk and Lyschansk, the last Ukrainian-controlled areas in Luhansk. At least five civilians were killed within 24 hours in the area by the Russian bombing, according to Governor Sergei Gaidai.

A building burns after a Russian bombing in Vojvodivka, Luhansk region.
A building burns after a Russian bombing in Vojvodivka, Luhansk region. take photo: Special Operations Forces Command via Reuters

“The Russians are constantly bombing residential areas,” Gaidai denounced on Telegram, warning that it might suffer the same fate as Mariupol, the city destroyed after weeks of Russian siege.

ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskyaccused Russia He committed “genocide” in the Donbass in his daily speech, in the early hours of Thursday to Friday. “The current offensive by the occupiers in Donbass may make the region uninhabitable,” he said, accusing Russia of wanting to “burn the ashes” of several cities in the region.

With the focus of the Russian offensive shifting from Kyiv And the Kharkiv As for the Donbass industrial zone, Ukrainian officials have renewed their appeals to the West for more advanced weapons in a region officials say about 1,500 people have died since the war began.

Kyiv (Ukraine), 5/27/2022.  Destruction of apartments in Borodianka, on the outskirts of Kyiv, as a result of Russian bombing.  The war is concentrated in the east of the country, but the bombing continues in several cities.
Kyiv (Ukraine), 5/27/2022. Destruction of apartments in Borodianka, on the outskirts of Kyiv, as a result of Russian bombing. The war is concentrated in the east of the country, but the bombing continues in several cities. take photo: Oleg Petrasyuk / EFE

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba called for “guns, rifles and weapons again,” warning that without a new shipment of foreign weapons, Ukrainian forces would not be able to stop Russia’s advance in the east.

According to a Reuters report, the US military has reportedly signed an agreement to purchase $687 million worth of Stinger anti-aircraft missiles to replenish stocks sent to Ukraine. The contract the report consulted will be for a total of 1,468 Stingers, but there is still no deadline for delivery.

A senior Pentagon official told AFP that the US government believes that Russian forces have already captured most of northeastern Severodonetsk, indicating that fighting is continuing.

Estimates of the Civil and Military Administration of Severodonetsk indicate that between 12,000 and 13,000 people remain in the city, which had a population of 100,000 before the war. “About 60% of housing in Severodonetsk was destroyed. Division head Alexander Stryuk told Ukrainian media that 85-90% of the city’s buildings were damaged and would need major repairs.

Despite focusing on the east, Russia continues its military campaign across the country. Sirens sounded again Friday in Kharkiv, a day after an explosion left nine dead and 19 wounded, including a five-month-old baby and his father. In Dnipro, more than 10 people were killed and 30 wounded in the bombing of a military district of the city.

Zelensky says peace talks go through Putin

President Volodymyr Zelensky said, in a public statement, Friday, that Ukraine must face the fact that a conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin will likely be necessary to end the war.

There are things to discuss with the Russian leader. “I’m not saying that for me, our people are eager to talk to them, but we have to face the reality of what we are experiencing,” Zelensky said in a speech to an Indonesian think tank.

“What we want from this meeting…we want our lives back…we want to restore the life of a sovereign state within its territory,” he said, adding that Russia is still not ready to talk about peace. . Agence France-Presse, Associated Press and Reuters

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