Fighting continued on Tuesday for the takeover of Severodonetsk, a major city in eastern Ukraine that has been subject to a flurry of Russian fire, where the situation is changing “hour by hour”, according to Kyiv.
“Our heroes are maintaining their positions in Severodnetsk. Fierce fighting continues in the streets,” President Volodymyr Zelensky said in his final video address on Monday evening.
Kyiv is struggling to cope with an influx of Russian troops into Severodnetsk, the largest city still in Ukrainian hands in the Lugansk region.
Evacuation of civilians “almost impossible”
The Russians are “in the process of destroying the city … as they haven’t managed to take it in a day or two, they are using air strikes, heavy artillery”, testified on Monday evening, Oleksandr Stryk. , who was responsible for administering Severodonetsk, worrying about the evacuation of civilians has now become “almost impossible”.
The mayor of Severodonetsk confirmed on Monday that “the situation was changing every hour” and that “intense street fighting” was taking place in his city, after several days of headlines that the conflicts were concentrated there.
A damaged road near Severodnetsk. [EPA/STR – Keystone]
The Ukrainian military said in the evening, “the main enemy efforts are focused” on an attempt to completely seize this industrial center and “block” Ukrainian troops in the neighboring Lisichansk region.
“Our troops retain control of Severodnetsk, fighting continues in its eastern side,” he said in a statement.
For Russia, capturing this city would be decisive in conquering the entire vast coal basin of the Donbass, already partially held by pro-Russian separatists since 2014.
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