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Russia Confirms Conquest of Lyman, Key Locality in Eastern Ukraine | War in Ukraine

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As a result of the joint actions of the militia units of the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Russian Armed Forces, the town of Lyman was completely liberated from Ukrainian nationaliststhe Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

The territorial defense of this republic self-proclaimed by the pro-Russian separatists had indicated on Friday on Telegram to have took complete control by Lyman, with support of the Russian army.

The Ukrainian army had not commented on this information late Saturday morning.

On Friday, President Volodymyr Zelensky acknowledged in a video that the situation in this region of Donbass was very, very difficult. But he felt that if the occupants think that Lyman and Sievierodonetsk will be theirs, they are mistaken. The Donbass will be Ukrainian.

In Sievierodonetsk, the bombings continue […] the army simply destroys the city, assured on his Telegram account the governor of the Luhansk region, Serguïï Gaïdaï. According to him, the Russian army entered the outskirts of the city, where it suffered heavy losseswhile Ukrainian forces tried to dislodge the Russians from a hotel.

But the governor says Sievierodonetsk is not cut off by Russian and separatist forces. Access to humanitarian aid remains possible, he said.

He was responding to a police official from the pro-Russian separatist republic of Lugansk, quoted by the Ria Novosti agency, who said on Friday that the city of Sievierodonetsk is currently surrounded and that Ukrainian troops are trapped there.

Smoke rises from the city of Sievierodonetsk during a bombardment in the Donbass region in eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine said on Thursday that the war in the east of the country had reached its most intense level so far.

Photo: AFP / ARIS MESSINIS

The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine added on Saturday on Telegram that [l’ennemi] conducted assault operations in areas of Sievierodonetsk, Oskolonivka, Toshkivka districts, to no avail; he suffered losses and fell back to previously occupied positions.

According to Mr. Gaïdaï, the capture of Sievierodonetsk would be a resounding victory for Russian forces.

Their army hasn’t had great victories and the Russians need to feed their population with something. »

A quote from Sergei Gaïdaï, governor of the Luhansk region, during an interview on Ukrainian television

After the unsuccessful offensive on kyiv and Kharkiv (north-east) at the start of the war launched by Russia on February 24, Russian forces are concentrated in eastern Ukraine, with the stated objective of taking control total of the Donbass mining basin, partially in the hands, since 2014, of pro-Russian separatists supported by Moscow.

In his daily video message, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday evening accused Moscow of genocide in the Donbass, where Russian forces are carrying out deportations and to mass killings of civilians.

US President Joe Biden has also used this expression.

For its part, the Kremlin justified its invasion of Ukraine by the genocide that the Ukrainians would carry out against the Russian-speaking population of Donbass.

At the same time, as it intensified its offensive in eastern Ukraine, the Russian army delivered a new show of force in the Arctic on Saturday with a successful hypersonic missile launch.

The Zircon missile was launched from the Admiral Gorchkov frigate in the Barents Sea towards a target in the waters of the White Sea in the Arctic, according to the Russian Defense Ministry. The first official launch of this missile dates back to October 2020.

A first Russian ship enters the port of Mariupol

Meanwhile, Russian forces massed 30 T-62 tanks as well as other armored vehicles and Grad missile systems in the southern region of Kherson, pounded by Mi-8 helicopters, the Southern Command said on Saturday. the Ukrainian army on Facebook.

On Saturday in Mariupol, a southern city that the Russians pounded for three months before finally seizing it last week, a first cargo boat entered the port, according to the official TASS news agency quoting a spokesperson for the Pro-Russian Port Authority.

The Ukrainian Navy reacted on Facebook calling the announcement a handlingbecause, according to her, while continuing to disregard the norms of international maritime law, Russia’s ship groups continue to block civilian shipping in the waters of the Black Seas and Azov.

While Ukraine, a major agricultural power, can no longer export its cereals due to the blocking of its ports, Vladimir Putin on Friday rejected any Russian responsibility for the world food crisis during a telephone interview with Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer, according to a statement from the Kremlin.

Workers clear debris in front of a residential building damaged by an airstrike the previous month in the Black Sea port city of Odessa on May 20, 2022.

The Russian blockade of Ukrainian ports, such as that of Odessa, complicates exports from Ukraine, the world’s fifth largest producer of wheat.

Photo: AFP / GENYA SAVILOV

For his part, President Zelensky is expected to address Monday by videoconference to EU leaders gathered in Brussels. They are expected to re-address the proposed EU embargo on Russian oil, still blocked by Hungary.

Russian Finance Minister Anton Silouanov said Friday evening in a televised interview that Russia should reap this year an additional 1000 billion rubles (13.7 billion euros) from its hydrocarbon exports, the prices of which are soaring. A part will be allocated to the continuation of the offensive in Ukraine, according to him.

kyiv once again demanded more weapons from Westerners on Friday.

Some partners avoid giving the necessary weapons for fear of escalation. Climbing, really? Russia is already using the heaviest non-nuclear weapons, burning people alive. Maybe it’s time […] to give us [lance-roquettes multiples] MLRStweeted Mykhaïlo Podoliak, adviser to the Ukrainian presidency.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby did not confirm the possible shipment of such equipment, a prospect raised by the American press.

religious schism

On the religious front, the Moscow branch of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church has cut ties with Russian spiritual authorities, who support Russian President Vladimir Putin – a historic move.

At the end of a council was pronounced the full independence and autonomy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Churchaccording to a statement, which specified that the relations of the Ukrainian Church with its Moscow leadership were complicated or non-existent since the beginning of the conflict.

This initiative is the second Orthodox schism in Ukraine in a few years. Part of the Ukrainian Church, represented by the kyiv Patriarchate, had already broken with Moscow in 2019 because of the Kremlin’s interference in the country.

Ukraine is central to the Russian Orthodox Church, some of the most important monasteries of which are located in this country.

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