2022 – Russo-Ukrainian War: Donbass will remain Ukraine, Zelensky vows as fighting rages in east – Mubasher | Ukraine

Ukrainian Adviser to the President and Chief Negotiator for the Peace Talks Mykhailo Podolyak He said no agreement with Russia can not be trusted and Invasion of Moscow It can only be stopped by force, according to Reuters.

Podolyak wrote on the Telegram messaging app:

An agreement with Russia is not worth a penny.

Is it possible to negotiate with a country that always lies cynically and propaganda? “

he added:

Russia has proven to be a barbaric country that threatens global security. A barbarian can only be stopped by force.

Russia and Ukraine blamed each other after peace talks faltered, with the last known face-to-face negotiations on March 29.

The Kremlin said earlier this month that Ukraine had shown no willingness to continue peace talks, while officials in Kyiv blamed Russia for the lack of progress.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Monday that President Vladimir Putin is the only Russian official he would like to meet to discuss how to end the war.

Ukraine’s armed forces say they have killed more than 30,000 Russian soldiers since the war began. The armed forces and the government published the numbers on their social media accounts after 94 days of fighting. The Guardian has not independently verified them.

It also claimed to have destroyed at least 207 Russian aircraft, 180 helicopters, more than 1,330 tanks, about 3,300 APVs, 13 military boats, 93 anti-aircraft systems, 200 multiple missile systems, as well as thousands of other vehicles and fuel. . tanks. Drones and artillery systems.

The governor of Ukraine’s Luhansk region, Serhiy Gaidai, said about 10,000 Russian soldiers are in the eastern region, Reuters reported, adding that he could not independently verify the claim.

“These (entities) that are constantly in the Luhansk region, are trying to attack and trying to make gains in every possible direction,” Gaidai told Ukrainian television.

Britain says Russia is taking most of the cities in the East

Russian forces may have captured most of LymanThe British Ministry of Defense said, in the process of potentially preparatory to the next stage of their offensive in the Donbass.

In its latest update, the ministry said Liman is an important railway junction and an access point to important road and rail bridges over the Siverskyy Donets.

“In the coming days, it is likely that Russian units in the region will force the crossing of a river as a priority. At the moment, Russia’s main effort is likely to remain 40 kilometers to the east, around the Sieverodonetsk enclave, but the presence of a bridgehead near Lyman will give Russia an advantage in the phase The possible next from the Donbass offensive, when the advance on the main Ukrainian forces is likely to be the deeper cities of Donetsk Oblast, Slovyansk and Kramatorsk.

On Thursday, Denis Pushlin, president of the self-proclaimed, Russia-backed Donetsk People’s Republic, said that if Russia captured both Donetsk and Luhansk, a referendum would be held.

An interesting interview with retired Major John Spencer, Chair of Urban War Studies at Madison Policy Forum. He told the BBC that Russia had some momentum in the east, but that the Ukrainians had a chance to stop them moving forward if they could get more Western weapons.

When asked if Ukraine’s armed forces could continue to fight as resources depleted and troops depleted, Spencer said he thought so.

“They still have what Russia does not have – the will to fight, they are fighting for their country. Many in Russia are still struggling with morale and cohesion because they are not sure what they are fighting for.”

Responding to rumors that the United States would give Ukraine long-range weapons systems, he said that “it is very important to prevent Ukraine from losing more and more eastern Donbass.”

Zelensky says Donbass will be Ukrainian

Hello and welcome to our ongoing coverage of the war in Ukraine. Below is a brief summary of the latest developments. Much of the focus is on the east, where the situation looks bleak in the besieged city of Severodonetsk – the largest in Donbass still under Ukrainian control.

Luhansk Governor Serhiy Hayday said Ukrainian forces may have to retreat after Russian forces enter the city, Peter Beaumont and Isobel Koshio report.

“The Russians will not be able to control the Luhansk region in the coming days, as analysts predicted,” Haiday said on Telegram, referring to the city of Severodonetsk and its sister Lysihansk across the Seversky Donets River. “We will have sufficient strength and resources to defend ourselves. However, it is possible that we will have to retreat to avoid being trapped.”

Heday said 90% of the city’s buildings were damaged.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky acknowledged that the situation in Dunhas was “extremely difficult” and said in a speech Friday night that the invading forces had concentrated “maximum artillery and reserves” in the area.

“There are missile attacks, aircraft attacks – everything,” he said. We protect our country as our current defense resources allow. We do everything to increase it. We will increase them.

“If the occupiers think that they will own Lyman or Severodonetsk, they are mistaken. Donbass will be Ukrainian.”

  • Austrian Chancellor Karl Nahammer He stated that in talks with Vladimir Putin, the Russian president said he was “ready to discuss prisoner exchange with Ukraine”.
  • Medusa, an independent news source, reported that officials close to the Kremlin said that Russia “Planning an all-out victory in Ukraine by the fall “ It can try again to seize the capital Kyiv.
  • Governor of the Eastern District of Ukraine Luhansk He stated that Ukrainian forces might have to withdraw from the area to avoid being captured.
  • a NATO Ministry of Defense The next meeting to discuss the war will take place June 15-16, Nexta reports.
  • This is according to new UN figures 4,031 civilians were killed Since Russia first invaded Ukraine in February, 261 of them are children.
  • USA President Joe Biden Accused Vladimir Putin An attempt to “erase” Ukrainian culture and identity during a speech today, reports The Washington Post.
  • A new report by more than 30 international researchers and legal experts says Russia is guilty Incitement to genocide It intends to commit genocide in Ukraine and legally oblige other countries to stop it.
  • The United States is expected to broadcast toLong-range missile systems to Ukraine, which may be announced as early as next week, according to CNN.
  • Ukraine’s officials – including the president Volodymyr Zelensky In his late-night speech on FridayIt requested additional help from the West as the Donbass region faced “clear genocidal policies” by Russian forces there.