The “Battle of the Donbass” has begun. Russia is attacking eastern Ukraine

On Tuesday, Russian forces launched a promised large-scale offensive in eastern Ukraine, bombing more than 1,200 targets and advancing along the entire “line of contact” in an attempt to capture the entire Donbass region. The Ukrainian government promises not to back down a millimeter and guarantees that the “Battle of Donbass” will be crucial to the outcome of the war.Progress was preceded by one of the largest rocket and artillery gains since the start of the attack, with Russia claiming to have hit 1,260 military targets across the 450-kilometer eastern front in Lugansk and Donetsk.
“The battle for Donbass, which Russia has been preparing for a long time, has begun. A significant portion of the Russian military has focused on this attack. No matter how many Russian soldiers are involved, we will defend ourselves. Let’s fight. We will not give up anything that is Ukrainian, ”President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a statement to the country on Monday night.Russia’s confirmation came in the voice of MNE Sergei Lavrov, who announced “the start of a very important new phase in this special operation.” Moscow’s explicit goal is to “liberate” the entire Donbass region, as demanded by pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk and Lugansk.
In the first victory, Russian troops managed to conquer the city of Kreminna in the late morning, forcing Ukrainian defenders to withdraw. The Kiev government admitted losing a city of about 16,000 people, but assured the voice of presidential adviser Oleksi Arestovich that the attack was doomed to fail “because Russia doesn’t have enough troops” to conquer the entire region.Simultaneously with this attack, Russian forces say they launched a “last attack” this Tuesday on the Azovstal industrial complex in Mariupol, where the last Ukrainian defenders have taken root when they rejected a new threat claim. hands .. “We’ll take Azovstal later today [terça-feira]Said Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, whose troops are involved in the attack.

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