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Vladimir Zelensky: Ukraine suffers “painful losses” in Severodonetsk and Kharkiv region

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Ukrainian forces are suffering heavy casualties in battles with Russian troops in both the eastern city of Severodonetsk and the Kharkiv region, President Vladimir Zelensky said on Tuesday.
In a statement late in the evening, he also said that Ukraine now needs modern anti-missile weapons, adding that partner countries can not justify delays in supplies. Some Russian missiles evade defense and make casualties, he said.
Ukraine has said its forces are still trying to evacuate civilians from Severodonetsk after Russia destroyed the last bridge to the city, the final stage of a weeks-long battle in the Donbas that Moscow is seeking to capture.
“The fiercest fighting, as before, is in Severodonetsk and other nearby cities and towns. Unfortunately, the losses are painful, ”Zielenski said.
“But we must hold on tight – it is very important to hold on to Donbass. The more losses the enemy will suffer there, the less he will have the strength to continue his aggression, ”he said.
Ukraine said its forces were still trying to evacuate civilians from devastated Severodonetsk on Tuesday after Russia destroyed the last bridge to the city, Moscow’s main target in the battle for control of eastern Ukraine.
Despite the fact that the last bridge in Severodonetsk across the Seversky Donets River was torn down, the evacuation is still carried out “every minute when there is a lull and there is a possibility of transport,” said Mayor Alexander Stryuk.

“Every possible opportunity is being used,” said Mr. Stryuk.

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Ukraine says more than 500 civilians are trapped at the Nitrogen Chemical Factory, where its forces have withstood weeks of Russian bombing and attacks that have turned much of the city into ruins.
The governor of the Luhansk region Syarhei Haidai said that the shelling of “Nitrogen” was so strong that “people can no longer stand in shelters, their psychological state is on the border.”
Russia has said it will give Ukrainian fighters hiding at the chemical plant the opportunity to surrender on Wednesday morning. From 8 am Moscow time, the fighters must “stop the senseless resistance and lay down their arms,” ​​said Mikhail Mizintsev, head of Russia’s National Defense Control Center.
According to him, civilians will be released through the “humanitarian corridor”.
Both sides claim to have inflicted huge losses in the battles for the city, Russia’s main battlefield.
Ukraine still holds Lisichansk, a sister city of Severodonetsk on a hill on the west bank of the river. But if all the bridges are cut now, its forces recognize the threat that they may be surrounded in Severodonetsk.

Damien Megru, a spokesman for a unit of foreign volunteers helping to defend Severodonetsk, said there was a risk of leaving “a large pocket of Ukrainian defenders cut off from the rest of Ukraine’s troops” – as in Mariupol, a Black Sea port surrendered last month. .

The funeral of a Ukrainian serviceman who died in Donbass took place in Kyiv

Svetlana Nazarenko, Mikhail Tereshchenko’s sister, is comforted by her son during her brother’s funeral on June 14, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine. 50-year-old Mikhail Tereshchenko is a Ukrainian soldier killed in the Ukrainian region of Donbass. Source: Getty / Alexey Furman / Getty Images

“Unbearable”

The battle for Severodonetsk, a city with a population of just over 100,000 before the war, is now the biggest battle in Ukraine since the conflict escalated into a war of attrition.
Kyiv said 100 to 200 servicemen were killed and hundreds more wounded every day.
Russia does not provide regular figures for its losses, but Western countries say they were significant as Moscow directed most of its firepower to one of President Vladimir Putin’s tasks: forcing Kyiv to cede the entire territory of the two regions, Luhansk and Luhansk. Donetsk, known as the Donbass.

The momentum in Severodonetsk has changed several times over the past few weeks – Russia has concentrated its predominant artillery force in urban areas to destroy resistance and then sent ground troops vulnerable to counterattacks.

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There may be bigger battles ahead for the vast territory of the Ukrainian-controlled Donbass, almost all on the opposite bank of the river, which is difficult for Russian troops to cross. Ukraine says Russia plans to attack Sloviansk from the north and along the front near Bakhmut to the south.
Ukraine is also experiencing “painful losses” in the Kharkiv region east of Kyiv, where Russia is trying to strengthen its position after it was recently pushed back, Zelensky said. He added: “Fighting continues there, and we must continue to fight, fight.”

Critical infrastructure, including homes, schools, hospitals and markets, has been killed in Donetsk province over the past week, United Nations spokesman Stefan Dujarric told reporters in New York.

Daily life in Lviv, Ukraine - June 14, 2022

Photos of Ukrainian soldiers killed during the war are on display in a church in Lviv. Source: AAP / SOPA Images / Sipa USA

“It has made life almost unbearable for people who also face severe water shortages and sometimes cannot leave their homes for days due to fighting,” Mr Dujarric said.

Ukrainian officials have resumed their requests to the West to send more and better artillery, as well as tanks, drones and other heavy weapons.
Deputy Defense Minister Anna Malyar said at a briefing that Ukraine had received only 10 percent of its weapons from its allies.
Western countries have promised to arm NATO standards – including advanced US missiles. But their deployment takes time.

“What we lack are weapons that really fall within the range we need to reduce the advantages of the equipment of the Russian Federation,” Zelensky said at a briefing on the Internet.

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Merge troops

Outside the Donbass, Ukrainian officials hope that Russia’s focus on capturing the east will draw its forces out of other areas and pave the way for counterattacks to retake territory.
Ukraine regained territory around its second-largest city of Kharkiv in May and reported small but steady gains in recent days in the south, most of which Russia retains in the territory it seized after its invasion in February.
Sergei Khlan, an adviser to the head of the southern, mostly Russian-occupied Kherson region, said Ukraine had tactically recaptured territory for the second week in a row.
Troops had already advanced 5 km from Tavriysk, a city on the southern bank of the Dnieper River east of Kherson, and were gradually advancing, Mr Hlan said.

Reuters was unable to verify any reports from the area.

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