On Tuesday, nearly four months after the Kremlin incursion, Russian attacks set fires in eastern Ukraine where resistance forces are denying Moscow’s full military control of the region.
“Everything that can burn is on fire today,” Shershi Heyday, the governor of Ukraine’s eastern Luhansk region, told The Associated Press.
Russia’s war has raised concerns about Ukraine’s food supplies to the rest of the world and Russia’s gas supplies, and has raised questions about the security of Western Europe.
The Russian military currently controls about 95 percent of the Luhansk region. But despite deploying more troops and having a huge advantage in military assets, Moscow has struggled for weeks to completely surpass it.
“With the help of tactical operations, the Ukrainian army is strengthening the defense of the Luhansk region,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a nightly video address. “It’s really the toughest situation right now.”
In the city of Severo-Donetsk, the hotspot of the fighting, Ukrainian defenders held the Azot chemical plant on the industrial outskirts. About 500 civilians took refuge at the factory, and Haidai said Russian forces were “turning the area into rubble.”
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Ukraine strengthens Luhansk defense
Ukrainian and Russian troops remained entrenched on the battlefield in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday as the two countries marked the anniversary of Hitler’s invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941.
The months-long war has worked in Russia’s favor in recent weeks because it has a huge advantage in artillery firepower, a fact that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky acknowledged in a speech Tuesday night.
“As a result of tactical exercises, the Ukrainian army is strengthening its defenses in the Luhansk region,” he said. “This is really the hardest place. The occupiers are also pressing strongly in the direction of Donetsk.”
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