Russia besieges eastern Ukraine; Ukraine for weapons

First Published Jun 14, 2022, 11:59 AM IST

GoA Ukrainian official says Russian Armed Forces have cut off last-minute evacuations from the eastern Ukrainian city of Sievierodonetsk. He said the Russian move was for their unilateral victory in the Donbass region. The last bridge to the city was also destroyed by Russian troops. It is alleged that Russia did not even allow the goods to be delivered to those remaining in the city. According to local governor Sergei Guide, 70 percent of the city of Severodonetsk is now under Russian control. Ukraine has called on the European Union (EU) and NATO to allow more Western weapons to assist in the defense of the city of Svierodonetskin, which can control the war in the eastern Donbass region and the Russian occupation of Ukraine.

The war, which began on February 24, has entered its fourth month. In the early stages of the occupation, Russia began its offensive in northwestern Ukraine. However, in that first phase, which lasted for two months, Russia was unable to make significant progress and suffered major setbacks.

Following this, the Russian army withdrew from the northwestern part of Ukraine, saying that Kiev was not their target, and focused on the southeastern part of Ukraine. At the time, there were reports that Russia was trying to find a way to reach the Crimean peninsula, which was occupied by Ukraine in 2014.

At Mariupol, the strength of the defense against Russia in the Donbass region waned with the conquest of Azov’s army. However, there were complaints that the Russian army was unleashing violence against civilians living in these areas.

As the fighting enters its fourth month, Ukrainian President Selensky says the war will become one of the most brutal in European history. The cost of this war is too high for us. This is scary. Our advance can only be secured with the modern artillery that Ukraine needs. He repeated.

Ukraine has accused Russia of spearheading separatism in eastern Ukraine for the past eight years following the 2014 war. The Russian separatists, who had declared their presence in the provinces of Luhansk and Donetsk, including the Donbass territory of Ukraine, have now claimed the territory.

Russia’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said that Russia’s main goal is to protect Donetsk and Luhansk.

On Monday, Mikhail Podoliak, an adviser to the president, said that Ukraine needed 1,000 howitzers, 500 tanks and 1,000 drones, along with modern weapons. Ukraine’s demand comes after Russia recently released several reports that it had destroyed several weapons and equipment belonging to the U.S. and the European Union.

The Russian Defense Ministry said the missiles destroyed military equipment delivered to Ukrainian forces near the railway station in the northwestern city of Donetsk. However, Ukraine’s Interior Ministry said in a statement that the attack was carried out without specifying whether the weapons were missing.

Russia has criticized the US and other European countries for supplying arms to Ukraine. Russia has said it will attack new targets in Ukraine if it delivers new long-range missiles to Ukraine.

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Meanwhile, Politico reported that the European Commission would recommend that Ukraine be officially granted EU status at Ukraine’s request. EU Commission President Ursula Vaughan told the media that the EU executive would comment on Ukraine’s request later this week.

Meanwhile, pro – Russian separatist spokesman Edward Basuri said that Ukrainian troops defending in Severodonetsk would be doomed by Mariupol’s troops, Russia’s RIA news agency reported. The report says that what awaits them is conquest or death.

When Mariupol’s fall was completed by Russian forces last month, hundreds of civilians and seriously wounded Ukrainian soldiers were trapped in an azostel steel plant abandoned for weeks without water or food.

“The situation is likely to be similar to that of Mariupol,” said Damien Magro, a spokesman for the International Legion for Defense of Ukraine, which was stationed in Severodonetsky.

As the war enters its 111th day, Ukraine is struggling to defend its territory east of the Dnipro River. While Ukraine, NATO and the European Union describe Russia’s action as a baseless occupation, Putin described his military action as a special military operation to save the Ukrainian people from the neo-Nazis.

More than 5 million people have fled the war, which has already killed thousands of civilians. Concerns about war are widespread in Europe, with Finland and Sweden interested in becoming NATO allies after Ukraine.

The horrors of the food famine are understandable when we realize that Ukraine and Russia are also the largest exporters of wheat in the world. The Russian missile strike destroyed the coal-producing belt of Marinka, Krasnoyarsk and Vuledar in Ukraine, and a large coking plant in Avidvika.

World markets plummeted in trade in coal, steel, other crude metals, natural gas and oil. Europe was divided over whether to buy oil from Russia or not. Meanwhile, Lithuania decided to buy 18 howitzers from France to strengthen its arsenal.

Lithuania, a member of the European Union and NATO, has announced it will invest an additional 300 million euros ($ 312 million) in its 2022 defense budget. Lithuanian Defense Minister Arvidas Anusaskas has also announced that Lithuania will buy 18 Caesar Marquis Howitzer from France. With this, the possibility of a resumption of arms trade between the two countries in Europe after a while became clear.