Russia takes most of Sievierodonetsk city in eastern Ukraine

1/6/2022 12:23:00 AM

Russia takes most of Sievierodonetsk city in eastern Ukraine

Russia takes most of Sievierodonetsk city in eastern Ukraine

KYIV: Ukraine said on Tuesday (May 31) that Russia had taken control of most of the eastern industrial city of Sievierodonetsk, a bombed-out wasteland whose capture Moscow has made the principal objective of its invasion. Russia\u0027s all-out assault on the city in Ukraine\u0027s Luhansk province has been met by to

LinkedIn KYIV: Ukraine said on Tuesday (May 31) that Russia had taken control of most of the eastern industrial city of Sievierodonetsk, a bombed-out wasteland whose capture Moscow has made the principal objective of its invasion.LinkedIn KYIV: Ukrainian forces were holding out in the eastern industrial city of Sievierodonetsk on Tuesday (May 31), resisting Russia's all-out assault to capture a bombed-out wasteland that Moscow has made the principal objective of its invasion.LinkedIn MADRID: The latest European Union sanctions on Russia, which ban most imports of its oil, are"not enough" and the pace of sanctions so far has been too slow, a senior official in the Ukrainian president's office said in a speech in Madrid on Tuesday (May 31).LinkedIn WASHINGTON: The United States will not send Ukraine rocket systems that can reach into Russia, President Joe Biden said on Monday (May 30).

Russia's all-out assault on the city in Ukraine's Luhansk province has been met by tough resistance from Ukrainian forces.Russian-backed separatists in Luhansk acknowledged that capturing the city was taking longer than hoped, despite one of the biggest ground attacks of the three-month-long war.Russia's separatist proxies acknowledged that capturing the city was taking longer than hoped, despite one of the biggest ground assaults of the war.After failing to capture the Ukrainian capital Kyiv and being driven out of northern Ukraine, a Russian victory in Sievierodonetsk and across the Siverskyi Donets river in Lysychansk would bring full control of Luhansk, one of two eastern provinces Moscow claims on behalf of separatists.Ukraine is also not happy with the pace of weapons deliveries from the West, he said.Western military analysts say Moscow has drained manpower and firepower from other parts of the eastern front to concentrate on Sievierodonetsk , hoping a massive offensive will secure surrounding Luhansk province for separatist proxies..Luhansk's regional governor, Serhiy Gaidai, said nearly all critical infrastructure in Sievierodonetsk had been destroyed and 60 per cent of residential property damaged beyond repair.It was not clear which system Biden was referring to in his remarks.

"Most of Sievierodonetsk is under the control of the Russians.Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy welcomed the move but criticised what he called an"unacceptable" delay."We believe in promises.The town is not surrounded and the prerequisites for it to be are not in place," Gaidai said.Russian shelling had made it impossible to deliver aid or evacuate people, he added.Western military analysts say Moscow has drained manpower and firepower from across other parts of the front to concentrate on Sievierodonetsk, hoping a massive offensive will achieve one of its stated aims, to secure surrounding Luhansk province for separatist proxies.A pro-Moscow separatist leader said that fighting was raging in the city but that Russian proxies had advanced slower than expected to"maintain the city's infrastructure" and exercise caution around its chemical factories."We can say already that a third of Sievierodonetsk is already under our control," Russia's TASS state news agency quoted Leonid Pasechnik, the leader of the pro-Moscow Luhansk People's Republic, as saying.Fighting was raging in the city, but Russian forces were not advancing as rapidly as might have been hoped, he said, claiming that pro-Moscow forces wanted to"maintain the city's infrastructure" and moved slowly because of caution around chemical factories.

Gaidai warned Sievierodonetsk residents not to leave bomb shelters due to what he said was a Russian air strike on a nitric acid tank.The Luhansk People's Republic's police force said Ukraine's forces had damaged it.In a post on the Telegram app, he urged local residents not to leave bomb shelters because of the risk posed by toxic fumes.Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists traded accusations over a similar incident in April.'HURLING MEN AND MUNITIONS' Russian President Vladimir Putin"is now hurling men and munitions" at Sievierodonetsk,"as if taking it would win the war for the Kremlin."Unfortunately.He is wrong," the Washington-based Institute for the Study of War wrote this week.

Thousands of residents remain trapped in the city..Russian forces were advancing towards its centre, but slowly, regional governor Gaidai said.Russia's advance could force Ukrainian troops to retreat across the river to Lysychansk, he added.But at the same time the city still defends itself.A view shows a residential building destroyed by a Russian military strike, as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, in the town of Bakhmut, in Donetsk Region, Ukraine, on May 29, 2022.(Photo: REUTERS/Serhii Nuzhnenko) Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy awards a Ukrainian serviceman, as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, at a position in Kharkiv region, Ukraine, on May 29, 2022.Ukraine says Russia has destroyed all of the city's critical infrastructure with unrelenting bombardment, followed by wave after wave of mass ground assaults involving huge numbers of casualties.

(Photo: Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via REUTERS) A view of a destroyed meat production facility in the aftermath of an attack, as Russia's invasion of Ukraine continues, at a location given as Mykolaiv, Ukraine, in this still image obtained from a handout video released May 30, 2022.(Photo: State Emergency Services of Ukraine/Handout via REUTERS) A police officer checks an area during an evacuation of local residents between shelling, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in the village of Novomykhailivka, in Donetsk region, Ukraine, on May 29, 2022.Russian forces were advancing towards the city centre, but slowly, regional governor Gaidai said.(Photo: REUTERS/Anna Kudriavtseva) Jan Egeland, secretary general of the Norwegian Refugee Council aid agency which had long operated out of Sievierodonetsk, said he was"horrified" by its destruction.Up to 12,000 civilians remain caught in crossfire, without sufficient access to water, food, medicine or electricity, Egeland said.A view shows a residential building destroyed by a Russian military strike, as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, in the town of Bakhmut, in Donetsk Region, Ukraine, on May 29, 2022."The near-constant bombardment is forcing civilians to seek refuge in bomb shelters and basements, with only few precious opportunities for those trying to escape," he said.

In its evening briefing note on Facebook, Ukraine's military command said that Russian forces were"attempting to take full control of Sievierodonetsk" and surround Ukrainian units fighting there.(Photo: Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via REUTERS) A view of a destroyed meat production facility in the aftermath of an attack, as Russia's invasion of Ukraine continues, at a location given as Mykolaiv, Ukraine, in this still image obtained from a handout video released May 30, 2022.There were few reports of major shifts elsewhere on the battlefield.In the east, Ukraine says Moscow is trying to assault other areas along the main front, regrouping to press towards the city of Sloviansk.(Photo: REUTERS/Anna Kudriavtseva) Stryuk, head of the city administration, said evacuating civilians was no longer possible.In the south, Ukraine claimed in recent days to have pushed back Russian forces to the border of Russian-held Kherson province.OIL BAN cut imports of Russian oil , widened its gas cuts to Europe in a move that pushed up prices and ratcheted up its economic battle with Brussels."We fear that up to 12,000 civilians remain caught in crossfire in the city, without sufficient access to water, food, medicine or electricity," he said.

Russia's Gazprom said it would turn off supplies to Dutch gas trader GasTerra and Denmark's Orsted, and to Shell Energy for its contract on gas supplies to Germany, after they refused Moscow's roubles-for-gas payment scheme.Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy welcomed the EU's move to cut Russian oil imports by 90 per cent, the bloc's toughest yet response, but criticised what he called an"unacceptable" delay." Elsewhere on the battlefield, there were few reports of major shifts.Related: Senior Ukraine official says EU sanctions on Russia still 'not enough' The EU said it will ban imports of Russian oil by sea.Officials said that would halt two-thirds of Russia's oil exports to Europe at first, and 90 per cent by the end of this year as Germany and Poland also phase out imports by pipeline.In the south, Ukraine claimed in recent days to have pushed back Russian forces to the border of Russian-held Kherson province.But Hungary, which relies on Russian oil through a Soviet-era pipeline, secured an exemption.

Putin launched his"special operation" in February to disarm and"denazify" Ukraine."(President Vladimir) Putin is now hurling men and munitions" at Sievierodonetsk,"as if taking it would win the war for the Kremlin.Ukraine and its Western allies call this a baseless pretext for a war to seize territory.Ukraine accuses Moscow of war crimes on a huge scale, flattening cities and killing and raping civilians.The EU said it will ban imports of Russian oil by sea.Russia denies the accusations.In the second war crimes trial to be held in Ukraine, two Russian soldiers were jailed on Tuesday for 11-1/2 years after pleading guilty to shelling civilian targets.But Hungary, which relies on Russian oil through a huge Soviet-era pipeline, secured an exemption.

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