Ukraine calls for arms as fight for Luhansk at ‘fearful climax’

by | Jun 23, 2022 | World

Russia captures more villages south of Severodonetsk while all of Lysychansk is now within the reach of Russian fire.President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said Moscow’s massive air and artillery attacks are aimed at destroying the entire Donbas region, urging Ukraine’s allies to accelerate the shipment of heavy weapons to match Russia on the battlefield.
The fight for the twin cities of Severodonetsk and Lysychansk in Ukraine’s Luhansk region is “entering a sort of fearsome climax”, said Oleksiy Arestovych, adviser to Zelenskyy. Russia is seeking to capture Luhansk and Donetsk, which make up the Donbas region – the nation’s industrial heartland.
“We must free our land and achieve victory, but more quickly, a lot more quickly,” Zelenskyy said in a video address released early on Thursday, reiterating Ukrainian demands for larger and faster weapons.
“There were massive air and artillery strikes in Donbas. The occupier’s goal here is unchanged, they want to destroy the entire Donbas step-by-step,” he said.
“This is why we again and again emphasise the acceleration of arm[s] deliveries to Ukraine. What is quickly needed is parity on the battlefield in order to halt this diabolical armada and push it beyond Ukraine’s borders.”
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Ukrainian forces were defending Severodonetsk – where hundreds of civilians are believed to be trapped in a chemical plant – and the nearby settlements of Zolote and Vovchoyrovka, Luhansk Governor Serhiy Haidai said on Thursday, but added Russia had captured Loskutivka and Rai-Oleksandrivka to the south.
“The situation is extremely difficult – th …

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