KYIV: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Monday stated the battle for Severodonetsk was taking a “terrifying” toll as Russian forces threaten to take the strategic jap metropolis.
“The human value of this battle may be very excessive for us. It’s merely terrifying,” Zelensky stated on Telegram in his day by day handle to the Ukrainian individuals.
“The battle for the Donbas will doubtless be remembered in navy historical past as probably the most violent battles in Europe,” he added.
Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksiy Reznikov final week stated as much as 100 of his troops have been dying day by day and 500 sustaining accidents within the intense preventing towards Russian troops, in a uncommon public disclosure of casualty figures.
Zelensky on June 1 stated his military was dropping “between 60 and 100 troopers” on daily basis.
Russian troops have superior on Severodonetsk as a part of their large-scale offensive within the jap Donbas area after failing to take the capital Kyiv.
Severodonetsk is the biggest metropolis within the jap Lugansk area, which varieties a part of Donbas, nonetheless below Ukrainian management.
“We’re coping with absolute evil. And now we have no alternative however to maneuver ahead and free our territory,” Zelensky added in his Telegram handle, calling on the West provide extra weapons to the Ukrainian military.
Lugansk regional governor Sergiy Gaiday on Monday stated Russian forces management 70 to 80 % of Severodonetsk however had not encircled or captured it amid fierce Ukrainian resistance.
He added that evacuations from the town and entry to it have been unimaginable because the final bridges had been blown up.
Severodonetsk´s twin metropolis of Lysychansk was additionally coming below intense Russian shelling, Gaiday stated.
Lugansk and neighbouring Donetsk make up the primarily Russian-speaking Donbas area, the place Ukrainian forces have fought pro-Moscow separatists since 2014.