Russia takes most of Sievierodonetsk city in eastern Ukraine

1/6/2022 3:15:00 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's all-out assault on the city in Ukraine's Luhansk province has been met by tough resistance from Ukrainian forces.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).

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.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.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.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.Russia, responding to Western sanctions after its Feb 24 invasion of Ukraine, widened its gas cuts to Europe on Tuesday with Gazprom saying it would cut supplies to several"unfriendly" countries which have refused to accept Moscow's roubles-for-gas payment scheme.Luhansk's regional governor, Mr Serhiy Gaidai, said nearly all critical infrastructure in Sievierodonetsk had been destroyed and 60 per cent of residential property damaged beyond repair.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."Most of Sievierodonetsk is under the control of the Russians."Had we been satisfied, we would have begun the liberation of Mariupol immediately and thrown away Russian forces from Donbas," he said.

The town is not surrounded and the prerequisites for it to be are not in place," Mr Gaidai said."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.Russian shelling had made it impossible to deliver aid or evacuate people, he added.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.Russian shelling had made it impossible to deliver aid or evacuate people, he added."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."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.Mr Gaidai warned Sievierodonetsk residents not to leave bomb shelters due to what he said was a Russian air strike on a nitric acid tank."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.

The Luhansk People's Republic's police force said Ukraine's forces had damaged it.Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists traded accusations over a similar incident in April.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.'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.He is wrong," the Washington-based Institute for the Study of War wrote this week.'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.Thousands of residents remain trapped in the city..

Russian forces were advancing towards its centre, but slowly, regional governor Gaidai said.Thousands of residents remain trapped in the city.Russia's advance could force Ukrainian troops to retreat across the river to Lysychansk, he added.Mr 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.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.Up to 12,000 civilians remain caught in crossfire, without sufficient access to water, food, medicine or electricity, Egeland said."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.(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.

There were few reports of major shifts elsewhere on the battlefield.Thousands of residents remain trapped.In the south, Ukraine claimed to have pushed back Russian forces to the border of Russian-held Kherson province.(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.Moscow took control of Kherson in March.Residents there have staged protests against Russian occupation.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.Mobile and internet access in Kherson were shut down on Tuesday, Ukrainian officials said, blaming Russia for disconnecting cables.

There was no immediate Russian comment on the events in Kherson.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.Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said troops there were fighting on"despite the fact the Russian army has a significant advantage in terms of equipment and numbers.(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." WEAPONS PACKAGE, OIL BAN Kyiv says weapons sent by the United States and Europe since the start of the invasion have helped them fend off Russian gains.In the east, Ukraine says Moscow is trying to assault other areas along the main front, regrouping to press towards the city of Sloviansk.Mr Zelenskiy has urged more weapons while lambasting the European Union, which agreed overnight to cut imports of Russian oil, for not sanctioning energy from Moscow sooner.United States (US) President Joe Biden and his top aides are in the final stages of preparing a new weapons package for Ukraine with an announcement expected soon, possibly as early as Wednesday.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.

The White House says that while Mr Biden is still considering sending longer-range rocket systems to Ukraine, he does not want them used to launch attacks inside Russia, which US officials fear could broaden the war.Moscow, responding to the EU oil embargo, widened its gas cuts to Europe in a move that pushed up prices and ratcheted up its economic battle with Brussels.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.The EU said it will ban imports of Russian oil by sea.In the east, Ukraine says Moscow is trying to assault other areas along the main front, regrouping to press towards the city of Sloviansk.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.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.Mr Putin launched his"special operation" in February to disarm and"denazify" Ukraine.

Ukraine and its Western allies call this a baseless pretext for a war to seize territory.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 accuses Moscow of war crimes on a huge scale, flattening cities and killing and raping civilians.Russia denies the accusations.Ukraine accuses Moscow of war crimes on a huge scale, flattening cities and killing and raping civilians.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.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.REUTERS Related topics.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.

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