2022 – the last war between Russia and Ukraine: Russia intensifies its offensive on Severodonetsk; Zelensky addresses European Union leaders – live | Ukraine

Russia intensifies its attack on Severodonetsk

Officials in eastern Ukraine said the Russian bombing of Severodonetsk was so severe that it was not possible to assess the losses and damage as Moscow approached the largest city in Donbass still under Ukrainian control.

Fighting is believed to be taking place in the streets, and according to President Zelensky, “all the city’s vital infrastructure” has been destroyed.

Ukrainian authorities described conditions in Severodonetsk as reminiscent of Mariupol.

People withdraw from Lysihansk in eastern Ukraine as fighting rages in the city and neighboring Severodonetsk, the last major Ukrainian-controlled cities in the Luhansk region. Photo: Francisco Seco/AP

In Zelensky’s last patriotic speech, the President of Ukraine said:

Russian strikes in Sevgerodonetsk have already destroyed the entire city’s vital infrastructure. 90% of homes were damaged. More than two-thirds of housing in the city was completely destroyed. No cell phone connection. Constant bombardment.

Yasir Severodonetsk It is a core mission of the Crew Unit. And they don’t care how many lives they will have to pay for this attempt to raise the Russian flag at 32 Druzhby Narodiv Street (Friendship of Nations – ed.) – no matter how bitter the name is now – where the Sievierodonetsk government conveniently sits.

We are doing everything we can to fend off this attack.”

The Battle of Sievierodonetsk, located on the east bank of the Siverskyi Donets 145 kilometers (90 miles) south of the Russian border, is in the spotlight as Russia eliminates slow but strong gains in the industrial Donbass, which includes the Luhansk and Donetsk regions.

“They don’t care how many lives they have to pay for it,” Zelensky said in his recent patriotic address, referring to Russian forces in the region.

Regional officials reported that Russian forces “stormed” Severodonetsk and that street after street fighting broke out, paralyzing electricity and mobile phone services.

The mayor of Severodonetsk, Oleksandr Stryuk, said that residents of the city, which had a population of about 100,000 before the war, are at risk of shelling if they leave their homes to get water. Stryuk estimates that 1,500 civilians have already died either from Russian attacks or from drug shortages and incurable diseases.

Summary and welcome

Hello. I’m Samantha Locke and welcome to our live coverage of the war in Ukraine.

Today, the Heads of State and Government of the European Union are meeting in Brussels Trying to make progress in one Russian oil embargo. Officials have so far been unable to reach an agreement and are discussing whether to ease the embargo on Russian oil imports in a bid to placate Hungarian leader Viktor Orban, who is blocking the latest sanctions. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will address the summit via video link.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has denied speculation that President Vladimir Putin is ill. “I don’t think reasonable people can see signs of illness or disease in this person,” the top Russian diplomat said.

If you’ve been waking up or stopping to keep up with what’s going on, here are some of the latest developments:

  • Officials say in eastern Ukraine The Russian bombing of Severodonetsk was so intense that it was not possible to assess casualties and damage, with Moscow’s forces approaching the largest city still under Ukrainian control in the Donbass. President Volodymyr Zelensky believes that fighting is taking place in the streets and that “all vital infrastructure” in the city has been destroyed. Ukrainian authorities described conditions in Severodonetsk as reminiscent of Mariupol.
  • The “liberation” of Ukraine’s Donbass region is an “absolute priority” for Moscow.According to a press release issued by the Russian Foreign Ministry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that while other Ukrainian regions have to decide their future.
  • Zelensky visited the troops Kharkiv He toured the country’s second largest city to see the damage caused by Russian forces in the first official appearance of Ukraine’s president outside Kyiv since the war began. “Kharkiv received terrible blows from the occupiers,” he said. “A third of the Kharkiv region is still occupied.” According to local officials, more than 2,000 apartment buildings in the area were partially or completely destroyed due to Russian bombing.
  • About 31% of the territory of the Kharkiv region is occupied by Russian forces While 5% was liberated by Ukrainian defenders, the head of the Kharkiv Regional Military Administration said. โ€œWe are not yet in a position to fully inspect some of the liberated settlements, carry out complete demining and start rebuilding critical infrastructure as the bombing continues. Where we can do this by After all, we do it.”
  • Zelensky He said he sacked the head of the state security apparatus Kharkiv Not working to defend the cityNow, he added, “law enforcement officers” are involved. โ€œI came and discovered and expelled the head of the Security Service of Ukraine [Kharkiv] “The district has not acted to defend the city since the early days of the all-out war, and has thought only of itself,” the president said in his daily patriotic address. โ€œFor what motives? Law enforcement officers will find out.โ€
  • EU fails to agree on Russian oil embargo During Sunday’s talks during the debate over whether to ease the embargo on Russian oil imports in an effort to placate Hungarian leader Viktor Orban, who is blocking recent European sanctions. But diplomats said they would continue to try to make progress ahead of a summit on Monday and Tuesday on exempting pipeline supplies to landlocked central Europe. Zelensky He will speak via video link to EU leaders in Brussels on Monday.
  • German Economy Minister Robert Habeck has expressed concern that the EU’s agreement on new sanctions against Russia is “starting to unravel”. After Russia’s attack on Ukraine, we’ve seen what can happen when Europe stands united. Let’s hope things continue like this with tomorrow’s summit show.โ€ โ€œBut it is already starting to unravel.โ€
  • Russia will continue to supply gas serbia, After a phone call between the Russian President and his Serbian counterpart. Aleksandar Vucic said he signed a three-year gas supply agreement with Putin, completing more details with producer Gazprom.
  • Gazprom confirmed that Russia continues to supply gas to Europe through Ukraine. The Russian gas producer said its supply through the Sudga entry point is 44.1 million cubic metres, up from 43.95 million on Saturday.
  • Lavrov denied speculation that President Vladimir Putin was ill. In response to a question from French radio TF1, Agence France-Presse quoted a senior Russian diplomat as saying: “I don’t think reasonable people can see any signs of illness or disease in this person.”
  • Zelensky said he believed Russia would agree to talks if Ukraine could regain all the territory lost since the invasion.. But he ruled out the idea of โ€‹โ€‹using force to restore his country. “I don’t think we can reclaim all our territory by military means. If we choose to go this way, we will lose hundreds of thousands of people,” he added.
  • NATO is no longer bound by previous pledges to refrain from deploying its forces in Eastern Europe Deputy Secretary-General of the US-led coalition, Mircea Guyana, told AFP, after Moscow scrapped the founding law between NATO and Russia “all of its contents”.
  • Ukraine began receiving Harpoon anti-ship missiles from Denmark and self-propelled howitzers from the United States. โ€œThe coastal defenses of our country are not only reinforced with Harpoon missiles – they are deployed by trained Ukrainian teams,โ€ said Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov.
  • Poland also agreed to send artillery to Ukraine, Polish state media reported.
Yana Skakova and her son Yehor, who fled Lyschansk with other people, sit on an evacuation train at the train station in Pokrovsk, eastern Ukraine. Photo: Francisco Seco/AP