The struggle for Severodonetsk, according to Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky, could determine the fate of the country’s east. He called the tough combat in the strategically significant Donbas city “perhaps one of the most challenging battlefields.”
The Donetsk and Luhansk provinces in Ukraine’s east are known as the Donbas region. The Kremlin sees it as a key strategic, political, and economic goal.
The United Nations has cautioned that Russia’s assault on Ukraine has triggered a serious cost-of-living catastrophe from which no country or community would be able to recover.
Rebeca Grynspan, the United Nations’ trade chief, thinks the present food crisis “may quickly evolve into a worldwide food disaster in 2023.”
With Macron, Zelensky Talks About EU Membership
President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine met with French President Emmanuel Macron about Kyiv’s entrance into the European Union in the midst of Russia’s actual battle in Ukraine.
By completing a long questionnaire in April, Zelensky accomplished the first stage toward Ukraine’s European Union membership.
According to an Elysee Palace transcript of the discussion, the two presidents also addressed the latest developments on the ground and increased French assistance and protection for Ukraine.
A Glance At NATO Air Power And Patrols Near Ukraine
Since Russia’s annexation in late February, NATO has maintained a constant presence in the skies surrounding Ukraine, with around 30 combat aircraft on patrol.
“Spanish fighters patrol Lithuanian airspace, while French observation planes monitor the skies and US bombers train alongside allies,” NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu stated.
“NATO is deploying an unparalleled combination of fighter fighters, reconnaissance aircraft, and support aircraft to deter any potential attack against Allies,” she continued.
Ukrainian Troops Are On The Front Lines In The Donetsk Region.
A US Senate Committee Supports Finland And Sweden Joining NATO
In a display of bipartisan support, a motion asking NATO to soon admit Finland and Sweden passed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee with ease.
By voice vote, the commission’s Democrats and Republicans supported the resolution endorsing the enlargement and pushing other NATO governments to quickly join the two Nordic republics, with no concerns raised.
The vote was viewed as a litmus test for Republican members’ positions on the extension, which President Joe Biden has endorsed.
Following Russia’s incursion on Ukraine, Finland and Sweden decided to abandon their long-standing military non-alignment policy and apply to join the 30-member US-European defense pact. In May, Biden congratulated both countries on their applications and welcomed their leaders to the White House to celebrate it.
Unexpected opposition from NATO member Turkey has cast a pall on what had been anticipated to be a fast elevation for the two countries into the alliance. Turkey has expressed its displeasure with the two countries’ positions on the Middle East’s Kurdish minority.
Three Persons Have Been Sentenced To Death In A Pro-Russian Rebel Court
Two British citizens and a Moroccan man were condemned to death by a court in separatist-controlled eastern Ukraine for participating on Ukraine’s side in the war with Russia.
The three soldiers battled alongside Ukrainian troops until handing themselves over to Russian authorities a few weeks ago.
They were judged guilty of committing actions toward a violent takeover of government by a court in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, an offense punished by death in the globally unrecognized rebel-held area in Ukraine’s Donbas area.
The three were also found guilty of terrorist and military operations.
Aiden Aslin, Shaun Pinner, and Saaudun Brahim are slated to face a firing squad, according to Russian state news agency RIA Novosti. They have a month to file an appeal.
The Mayor Of Severodonetsk Says Evacuating Attempts Are Currently Impossible
After a night of heavy artillery fire from Russian forces, the mayor of Severodonetsk described the scene in the eastern Ukrainian city as “very challenging but controlled.”
Oleksandr Stryuk, talking to Ukrainian television, said the bridges between Lysychansk and Severodonetsk were “constantly shelled.”
“For the time being, the escape is impossible,” Stryuk stated, according to a translation. “It is possible to reach Lysychansk because the ‘route of life’ is controlled by the Ukrainian Armed Forces, but it is constantly shelled.”
The struggle for Severodonetsk, according to Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky, could decide the future of the country’s east.
Russian Soldiers Have Been Spotted In Eastern Ukraine Aiming South Of Izium
According to the Ministry of Defense of the United Kingdom, Russian forces have likely upped their efforts to move south of Izium while fighting in Severodonetsk persists.
“Russia’s progress on the Izium axis has been delayed since April, as Ukrainian forces took advantage of the topography to stifle Russia’s advance,” the ministry said in its most recent intelligence update.
“Russia is believed to have sought to reassemble [the Eastern Group of Forces] after suffering high casualties in the aborted drive on Kyiv, but its units are likely understrength. Russia is likely attempting to regain momentum in this region in order to increase pressure on Sieverodonetsk and allow it the option of pushing further into the Donetsk Oblast,” the report said.
According to the Ministry of Defense of the United Kingdom, Russian forces have likely upped their efforts to move south of Izium while fighting in Severodonetsk continues.
The Governor Of Severodonetsk Claims That Russian Soldiers Control The Majority Of The City
As per the governor of the Luhansk region, Russian soldiers occupy most of the city of Severodonetsk in eastern Ukraine and are violently bombarding the adjoining city of Lysychansk.
Serhiy Haidai claimed in an online article that Ukrainian troops in the Luhansk region are not in danger of being encircled.
According to him, Russian forces currently control over 90% of the region.
According To Zelenskyy, Fighting In Severodonetsk Could Determine The Fate Of East Ukraine
Fighting for control of the region of Severodonetsk, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, could determine the fate of the confrontation with Russian forces in the country’s east.
“As per today’s results, Severodonetsk stays the epicenter of the Donbas conflict on the 105th day of the full-scale battle. According to a translation, Zelensky remarked over Telegram, “We defend our positions, inflict substantial losses on the enemy.”
“This is a rough struggle with a lot of ferocity. Probably one of the toughest battles of the war. I appreciate everyone who stands up for our cause. The destiny of our Donbas is being determined there in many ways.”