On Friday, Ukraine celebrated the 100th day since Russia’s incursion.
Conflict is blazing across the nation’s southeast, as Moscow’s soldiers are consolidating their hold on the Donbas area.
The somber moment occurred as Kyiv reported Moscow now controls a fifth of Ukrainian land, encompassing Crimea and sections of Donbas that were captured in 2014.
Putin’s army set its eyes on seizing eastern Ukraine after being rebuffed from all around the capital, sparking worries the battle might stretch on.
The hardest combat is currently centered on Severodonetsk in the Donbas area, of which Russians have taken 80 percent off, but Ukrainian forces are throwing up a strong struggle.
President Volodymyr Zelensky stated late Thursday that Ukrainian forces made some progress in the fight for the Lugansk region’s economic core.
“However, it is still too soon. At the time, it’s the most difficult place,” he continued.
Sergiy Gaiday, the provincial leader of Lugansk, stated on Telegram the Russians had been “leveling everything” for “100 days,” accusing them of damaging clinics, schools, and highways.
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Thousands of civilians have been murdered, with millions forced to evacuate since Russia’s incursion on February 24. Zelensky claims up to 100 Ukrainian troops die every day on the frontlines.
Russian forces fired on one of Severodonetsk’s government buildings and storage where methanol was kept, making it one of Europe’s largest chemical facilities.
‘Shelling is Becoming More Powerful’
According to Gaiday, Ukrainian soldiers were still defending an industrial estate, similar to the scenario in Mariupol, when a massive steel plant was the last holdout before Ukrainian troops eventually succumbed in late May.
The scenario at Lysychansk, Severodonetsk’s twin city along a riverbank, appeared to be deteriorating as well.
According to the town’s mayor, Oleksandr Zaika, over 60% of facilities and homes had been damaged, as well as internet, mobile communication, and gas utilities.
“Every day, the bombardment becomes stronger,” he stated.
Residents in Sloviansk, roughly 80 kilometers (50 miles) from Severodonetsk, claimed the Russian military was constantly bombarding them.
“It’s incredibly difficult here,” said Ekaterina Perednenko, a 24-year-old paramedic who has just been back in the city for five days, but knows she will have to go again.
Russian bombardment killed at least one civilian and injured many others in Mykolaiv, Ukraine’s south, military sources reported late Thursday.
Ukraine war: Zelensky says Russia controls a fifth of Ukrainian territory https://t.co/qfASbUqPoj
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Western countries, led by the United States, sent armaments and military equipment into Ukraine in order to assist it.
After submitting her accreditation to Zelensky, Bridget Brink, the incoming US ambassador to Kyiv, stated the US will “help Ukraine win against Russian aggression.”
The US said, earlier this week, it will provide more modern Himar multiple rocket launch launchers to Ukraine.
Multiple precision-guided missiles may be fired against targets up to 80 kilometers away by the mobile units.
They’re part of a $700 million program that also comprises radar, ammunition, helicopters, and trucks.
Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin’s spokesperson, accused Washington of “throwing gasoline to the fire,” despite the fact US officials said Ukraine committed not to deploy the missiles within Russia.