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[Il y a au total] 2229 houses destroyed in Kharkiv and the region. We will restore, rebuild and bring life back to Kharkiv and all other towns and villages where evil has comehe said on Telegram, accompanying his message with a video of his visit.

In this war, the occupiers try to obtain a result, whatever it is. But they must understand that we will defend our land until the end. They don’t stand a chance. We will fight and we will win. »

A quote from Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine

President used visit to honor Ukrainian soldiers, who recaptured 5% of territory previously occupied by Russian forces in the region [la Russie occupe toujours 31 % du territoire].

In his daily video message, he later announced the dismissal of the head of the secret service of the Kharkiv region, because he did not work in the defense of the city from the first days of this war, but thought only of himself.

Volodymyr Zelensky shakes hands with a Ukrainian soldier.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky rewards Ukrainian serviceman in Kharkiv.

Photo: via Reuters / Office of the Ukrainian Presidency

Bombarded almost daily since the start of the Russian invasion on February 24, Kharkiv, the country’s second city, has been experiencing a respite for a few weeks, after a Ukrainian counter-offensive which succeeded in pushing back Russian troops.

Bombs have been ringing around the city in recent days, however, and explosions were even heard just hours after President Zelensky’s visit, Reuters reports.

A radar station in the Kharkiv region has also been targeted by an attack in the past 24 hours, according to a statement released by the Russian Defense Ministry on Sunday morning.

The statement also states that the Russian army destroyed, with long-range high-precision missiles, a large arsenal of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the Dnipropetrovsk region, in addition to targeting a Ukrainian air defense system near Mykolayevka and five ammunition depots near Sievierodonetsk.

The Russian noose is tightening in the Donbass

The largest city still under Ukrainian control in the Donbass region is also the scene of ever more intense fighting.

Russia has used all its means to seize Sievierodonetsk or prevent any communication between the region and Ukrainesaid Saturday evening on his Telegram account Sergii Gaïdaï, governor of the Lugansk region.

The shelling was so intense that it was not possible to assess the number of victims or the damagehe said, noting however the death of two people on Saturday and the destruction of 13 buildings.

A Ukrainian father holds his twin daughters in his arms in front of a bus

Dmytro Mosur, 32, holds his 2-year-old twin daughters in his arms as they wait to be evacuated from the eastern Ukrainian town of Lysychansk May 20, 2022. The town has lost almost 90 % of its inhabitants since the beginning of the war.

Photo: AFP / ARIS MESSINIS

The constant shelling greatly complicate the supply – especially of drinking water – of the city, which has been without electricity for more than two weeks, he wrote on his Telegram account. The activity of humanitarian aid center of the city has been suspended, he said.

According to Governor Gaïdaï, the assault continues in the city with street fighting.

The leader of the Russian republic of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, meanwhile claimed on Saturday evening on Telegram that Sievierodonetsk is under [leur] Total control. […] The city was liberated.

Meanwhile, the police reported major destruction in Lysychansk, twin town of Sievierodonetsk located on the other side of the Seversky Donets river. Governor Gaïdaï described the situation as having greatly aggravated.

A bridge cut in two.

A destroyed bridge connecting the city of Lysychansk to that of Sievierodonetsk. Both towns are threatened with encirclement by Russian forces and pro-Russian separatists.

Photo: AFP / ARIS MESSINIS

A Russian shell fell on an apartment building, a girl died on the spot and four people were hospitalized, he said. The previous day had been hard in the city, according to Mr. Gaïdaï, who reports a destroyed cinema and 22 damaged buildings.

A little further west, the Russian Ministry of Defense confirmed on Saturday the takeover of the key locality of Lyman, which opens the way to the major cities of Sloviansk and Kramatorsk, in the Donbass.

On Sunday, the Ukrainian army conceded that the regrouping of Russian forces was getting stronger in this sector.

Yesterday Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky acknowledged that the situation in this region of Donbass [était] very, very difficult, with intensive artillery and missile strikes. But he felt that if the occupiers think that Lyman and Sievierodonetsk will be theirs, they are mistaken. The Donbass will be Ukrainian.

What will Europeans do with Russian oil?

After the unsuccessful offensive on kyiv and Kharkiv at the start of the war, Russian forces concentrated in eastern Ukraine, with the stated objective of completely seizing Donbass, partially controlled since 2014 by separatists. pro-Russians backed by Moscow.

In Brussels, on the eve of a summit of theEUthe representatives of the twenty-seven examined on Sunday a new proposal which would temporarily exempt a key oil pipeline for Hungary from a progressive embargo of theEU on Russian oil, in an attempt to lift the block on their sixth sanctions package against Moscow.

These new sanctions are currently blocked by Hungary, a landlocked country without access to the sea and dependent on the oil sent from Russia by the Druzhba pipeline, which supplies it with 65% of its consumption.

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