Ukraine, Zelensky: “Donbass situation extremely difficult”

“The Russian army has intensified attacks on Slovyansk and Severodonetsk”

“The situation in Donbass is extremely difficult”, as Russia has intensified attacks on Sloviansk and Severodonetsk in recent days. This was reiterated by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in his nightly speech on Saturday. “The Ukrainian Armed Forces are holding back this offensive. Every day our defenders thwart Russia’s offensive plans, interrupting them, is a concrete contribution to the approaching day that we all look forward to and fight for: the Day of Victory, “Zelensky said.

“No Russian attack; neither with the missiles in the Rivne region, nor with the artillery in the Kharkiv or Sumy region, nor with all possible weapons in the Donbas, they will give Russia any results,” Zelensky added.

Zelensky had one yesterday telephone conversation with the Prime Minister, Mario Draghi, on the latest developments in the war in Ukraine invaded by Russia. “There was talk of defensive cooperation, of the need to speed up the sixth package of sanctions and to unblock Ukrainian ports. I thanked Draghi for his unconditional support for Ukraine on the way to the EU,” Zelensky wrote in a tweet.

In the past 24 hours the Ukrainians have repelled nine attacks on the Donetsk and Luhansk fronts. The Army General Staff reports it on Facebook in its latest update on the war. The military destroyed five tanks, four artillery systems, ten armored combat vehicle units and two vehicles. Air defense units hit an Orlan-10 drone. The anti-aircraft shot down two cruise missiles, and the air force destroyed twelve units of Russian military equipment.

The Russian enemy forces were preparing to resume the offensive also towards Sloviansk and carried out artillery bombardments in the areas of the settlements of Vernopil, Dibrivne and Dovhenke.

Furthermore, in the Russian region of Belgorod, near the border with Ukraine, the Russians have “deployed the launchers of the Iskander-M operational-tactical missile system”.