Ukraine orders the withdrawal of the military from the strategic enclave of Severodonetsk | International

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The head of the Military Administration of the eastern region of Lugansk, Serhii Haidai, has announced that “unfortunately” the Ukrainians will have to withdraw their troops from the strategic enclave of Severodonetsk in the face of the Russian siege. “Unfortunately, we will have to withdraw our troops from Severodonetsk, because there is no point in being in broken positions: the death toll is growing,” Haidai said on his Telegram account. The administrative city of Severodonetsk has been under siege for weeks by Russian troops who consider it a key point to gain control of the entire region that, together with Donetsk, makes up Donbas, where pro-Russian guerrillas operate.

The regional official pointed out, regarding the current security situation in this area, that “the Russians have bombed Severodonetsk almost every day for four months.” “The city’s infrastructure was completely destroyed, 90% of the houses were damaged or destroyed,” Haidai recounted. He also said that Russian troops are advancing from the towns of Zolotii and Toshkivka towards Lisichansk, very close to Severoronetsk, which seems to be the new target for the Moscow Army.

In other statements made to local networks, the military chief confirmed that “now it makes no sense to be in a position that has been broken for many months, just for being there. Because the number of people killed in non-fixed positions can grow proportionally every day.

The eastern front has become a nightmare for Ukraine. While in Brussels European leaders welcome it as a candidate country to join the EU, Russian troops are advancing little by little, but continuously, in Donbas. In recent days, interest has focused on two twin cities located on both banks of the Donets River: Severodonetsk, from where the Ukrainian military is now withdrawing, and Lisichansk, both in Lugansk province. After the Kremlin forces have become strong in the first, kyiv now fears the same fate for the second. The battle is entering a “terrifying climax,” Oleksii Arestovich, an adviser to President Volodymyr Zelensky, said Thursday.

“The situation is serious,” admitted Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar. “Russia continues to develop its war of attrition. According to the analyzes of our intelligence services, the Moscow troops will try to capture Severodonetsk and Lisichansk, because they need them for their cause to announce that they have achieved their task of taking over the entire Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. [que conforman la región de Donbás]”, continued the number two of Defense from kyiv.

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“What is happening was predictable. The Russian forces multiplied by 10 our volume of weapons and artillery. I am afraid that they are going to continue advancing and that they have the possibility of taking over Donbas ”, confided later on the terrace of a cafe, a former minister who asked not to reveal his name. “We have entered a completely conventional war phase. Ukraine may have an advantage in cities or medium-sized towns, but in open spaces Russia has the upper hand”, added the retired politician, who maintains good contacts with various European capitals.

The key in this war, concluded the former minister, will be what happens in the south, who will finally stay with cities as important as Kherson (currently in Russian hands), discounting that it will be very difficult to wrest the Crimean peninsula from Moscow and much of Donbas.

The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) sees it as possible that the Russians will arrive in Lisichansk in the coming days. Russian air defense systems in the east limit the effectiveness of Ukrainian drones, undermining one of the keys that has helped kyiv in this war. thinktank American. The agency quotes anonymous Ukrainian sources assuring that their country’s forces have stopped using the Turkish Bayraktar drones, highly effective in the first phase of the war, due to improvements in Russia’s defense capacity.

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