The Ukrainian army mentioned on June 13 that its forces have been pushed again from the middle of Syevyerodonetsk, the Donbas metropolis for whose management the Ukrainian and Russian forces have been engaged in a ferocious battle.
Russian forces shelled town middle with artillery and drove out the remaining Ukrainian troopers there, the final employees in Kyiv mentioned.
President Volodymyr Zelenskiy mentioned a number of hours earlier than that defenders have been combating for “each meter” in the important thing jap metropolis even because the Russians blew up a key bridge, chopping off a possible escape route for civilians and troopers.
“The important thing tactical aim of the occupiers has not modified. They’re urgent in Syevyerodonetsk, extreme combating is ongoing there — actually for each meter,” Zelenskiy mentioned in his nightly video tackle, including that Russia’s army was making an attempt to pour reserves into the Donbas.
Zelenskiy mentioned Russia was deploying undertrained troops and utilizing its younger males as “cannon fodder” within the “very fierce” battle.
“Each meter of Ukrainian land there may be coated in blood — however not solely ours, additionally the occupier’s.”
Serhiy Hayday, the regional army governor for Ukraine, mentioned on June 12 that Russian forces had blown up the second of three bridges linking besieged Syevyerodonetsk with its twin metropolis of Lysychansk throughout the Siverskiy Donets River.
The British Protection Ministry mentioned in its every day intelligence bulletin on June 13 that within the coming months, river crossing operations “are more likely to be amongst a very powerful figuring out elements in the midst of the conflict.”
The British intelligence mentioned Russia has to this point struggled to exhibit the “complicated coordination essential to conduct profitable, massive scale river crossings below fireplace.”
Regardless of the more and more tough state of affairs, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy remained defiant, saying that Ukrainian forces have prevented Russian troops from shortly overrunning jap Ukraine.
“Bear in mind how in Russia, to start with of Could, they hoped to grab all the [eastern Ukrainian region of] Donbas?” Zelenskiy mentioned. “It’s already the 108th day of the conflict, already June. Donbas is holding on.”
Syevyerodonetsk has been the focus of current combating that Kyiv has mentioned may decide the end result of the conflict, which started on February 24 with Russia’s unprovoked, full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
Town itself has been all however was rubble by the Russian forces’ shelling, with the state of affairs resembling circumstances seen on the southern port of Mariupol, which fell to Russian forces after an extended, bloody battle final month.
Hayday mentioned the destruction of the bridge throughout the Siverskiy Donets River leaves only one transit route remaining to permit a possible evacuation of civilians and a withdrawal of troops from Syevyerodonetsk to Lysychansk.
An explosion hit the Azot nitrogen chemical plant in Syevyerodonetsk on June 11 the place a whole bunch of individuals have been sheltering, Hayday mentioned.
Moscow-backed separatist fighters, in the meantime, mentioned that they had surrounded the plant and claimed that Ukrainian defenders have been trapped there.
The claims couldn’t be independently confirmed.
Ukraine’s Basic Workers additionally mentioned Russia troops had gained a foothold within the village of Bohorodychne, a village on the west financial institution of Siverskiy Donets River, about 50 kilometers west of Syevyerodonetsk.
Taking Bohorodychne places Russian forces in good place to assault Slovyansk, an even bigger, extra necessary city.
Within the western area of Ternopil, no less than 22 folks have been wounded when 4 Russian cruise missile hit a army set up and a few residential buildings, the regional governor mentioned on June 12.
A high adviser to Zelenskiy, in the meantime, forcefully pushed again in opposition to a press release by U.S. President Joe Biden, who asserted that earlier than the February 24 invasion Zelenskiy had “tuned out” U.S. intelligence warnings about an imminent Russian assault.
In his put up on Twitter, Mykhaylo Podolyak additionally criticized Western international locations for not supplying Ukraine with heavier weaponry earlier.
“What different international locations have executed to cease it, realizing Moscow’s plans — a query. If we had began getting heavy weapons in January, the state of affairs may have been totally different,” he wrote.
In his nightly video tackle to Ukrainians, Zelenskiy renewed his name for Western international locations to hurry deliveries of weapons.
Ukrainian troops “are doing every little thing to cease the offensive, as a lot as they presumably can, so long as there are sufficient heavy weapons, trendy artillery — all that we’ve got requested for and proceed to ask for from our companions,” he mentioned.
Zelenskiy asserted Russia needed to destroy each metropolis within the Donbas, the jap Ukrainian area that features the Donetsk and Luhansk areas.
“Each metropolis, that’s not an exaggeration,” he mentioned. “All of those ruins of once-happy cities, the black traces of fires, the craters from explosions — that is all that Russia can provide to its neighbors, to Europe, to the world.”
With reporting by Reuters, AP, and RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service