Russian forces with superior artillery fire gained the upper hand over the Ukrainian army and were getting closer and closer to their goal of controlling the entire Lugansk province.
Department of Defense Older brother stated that Russia “is achieving tactical success in the Donbass”, maintaining its advance momentum and is dominating the Ukrainian side after the war has passed. 100th day.
“Army Russia controlling more than 90% of Lugansk province and is likely to take over the entire region in the next two weeks,” the agency assessed. Western experts also said that Russia is getting closer and closer to the goal of controlling control of the entire Lugansk province thanks to the superiority of artillery fire.
Lugansk and the neighboring province of Donetsk form the Donbass region in the east Ukraine, is an industrial center with many factories and coal mines. Experts assess that control of the Donbass is a victory for Russia, allowing the establishment of a corridor on the country’s western border to the Crimean peninsula.
The cities of Severodonetsk and Lysychansk are two of the last points in Lugansk where the Ukrainian military is present. The Russian army and the separatists have been focusing on the operation to control the city in recent weeks Severodonetsk.
Lugansk Governor Serhiy Gaidai acknowledged that Russian forces “successfully penetrated deep into Severodonetsk and took control of most of the city”. Mr. Gaidai said that about 20% of the remaining area of Severodonetsk became a “gray zone”, the Ukrainian forces stationed there could still push the Russian side out of some streets.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said his army had successfully resisted several Russian advances in Severodonetsk, describing the fighting there as the fiercest. Mr. Zelensky said neighboring cities, including Lyschansk and Bakhmut“is being fiercely attacked by Russian forces”.
Pavlo Kyrylenko, governor of neighboring Donetsk province, said Russian forces were in combat readiness and were stationed some distance from the city. Sloviansk 15 km. Kyrylenko said the Donetsk region “will not fall quickly”, but said Ukrainian forces there need more weapons to prevent attacks by Russian troops and separatists.
While Russia focused on the battlefield in the Donbass region, Ukraine launched a counterattack to regain control of some areas in the central province. Kherson. Hennadiy Lahuta, head of the military junta in Ukraine’s Kherson province, said Ukrainian units “continued their counter-attack momentum and liberated 20 villages in the province”.
However, military experts say that the recent Ukrainian counterattack in Kherson is unlikely to reverse the battlefield as the fighting becomes more and more like a war of attrition, while the two sides are not capable of launching new attacks. decisive blow.
As hostilities entered their 100th day, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced that the country’s army would win over Russian forces. “Victory will be ours,” Zelensky said in a video attended by Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal and presidential adviser Mykhaylo Podolyak.
Meanwhile, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed that Russian forces “have achieved certain results” when asked about the first 100 days of the special military operation.
Peskov announced that Russia is sending forces to Ukraine to defend the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) and that the special military operation will continue until the entire purpose is achieved.
Amin Awad, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and Crisis Coordinator Ukraine, warned that “nobody is going to win this conflict”, as hostilities “cause unacceptable loss of life and engulf almost every aspect of life”. “We need peace, the hostilities must end immediately,” Mr. Awad called.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has so far recorded more than 6.9 million Ukrainians leaving the country after February 24, when Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) estimated the fighting in Ukraine left at least 4,183 civilians dead and 5,014 injured, but warned the actual number could be higher.
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