August 19, 2022

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Russia is Moving Closer to Ukraine’s Final Stronghold

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Russia is Moving Closer to Ukraine's Final Stronghold

Following the evacuation of Ukrainian soldiers from the scorched ruins of Sievierodonetsk, Russian forces are attempting to engulf the last remaining Ukrainian position in the eastern Luhansk region.

The final remaining Ukrainian stronghold in the city, a chemical plant, is now completely under the grip of separatists backed by Moscow, according to the military.

On Saturday, Russia fired a large number of missiles at locations throughout the nation that were remote from the action in the east.

According to Ukraine’s air command, some of the missiles were fired for the first time from Russian long-range Tu-22 aircraft that were deployed from Belarus.

The bombardment came before a meeting between Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin, during which Mr. Putin declared that Belarus would get the Iskander-M missile system from Russia.

Igor Konashenkov, a spokesperson for the Russian defense ministry, stated late on Saturday that separatist fighters backed by Russia and Moscow now had control of Sievierodonetsk and the adjacent settlements.

He claimed that the Ukrainian military’s attempt to transform the Azot plant into a “stubborn center of resistance” had failed.

After weeks of bombardment and house-to-house warfare, Ukrainian troops are retreating from Sievierodonetsk, according to Serhiy Haidai, the governor of the Luhansk province, on Friday.

He stated on Saturday that separatist and Russian forces were attempting to shut Lysychansk from the outside world after the city had fallen to them.

 

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