Kyiv expects a Russian attack “very soon” in the east of the country

The noose is narrowing. The Ukrainian military said Monday (April 11) that it expects to launch the Russian offensive in the east of the country. ” very soon “. “According to our information, the enemy has almost completed its preparations to attack the east.”Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman Oleksandr Motozyank said.

We expect heavy fighting to break out in these areas in the near future.pointed out. We can’t predict when this will happen [exactement]This is information from Western sources. “Ukrainian army is ready”But reassured Mr. Mutoziank. On the ground, Ukrainian forces are strengthening their positions in anticipation of an imminent attack, notably by digging new trenches or by mining roadsides.

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Analysts believe that Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to achieve victory in this region before the military parade on May 9 to celebrate the Soviet victory over the Nazis in Russia. ” next week, (…), Russian forces will move to larger operations in the eastUkrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned Sunday evening.

“The battle of Donbass will last for several days, and during these days it can completely destroy our cities”On Facebook, Serhiy Haida, governor of the Luhansk region, in Donbass, predicted that civilians would once again be invited to leave the region.

“The Final Battle” in Mariupol

After curtailing its plans and withdrawing its forces from the Kyiv region and northern Ukraine, Moscow made the occupation of Donbass in the east its priority. Pro-Russian separatists have controlled part of the region since 2014.

One of the main targets in this area is the city of Mariupol, which was besieged by Russian forces for more than forty days. The capture of this strategic port would cement Russia’s territorial gains on the coastal strip along the Sea of ​​Azov by connecting the Donbass regions with Crimea, which Moscow annexed in 2014.

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Addressing the South Korean National Assembly on Monday, who was addressing him via video link, Mr. Zelensky said the Russians had “He completely destroyed Mariupol and turned it to ashes”, He accused Moscow of seeking to establish this strategic port ” Example “.

Now it seems that Kyiv is preparing for the fall of this martyred city. “Today will probably be the last battle.” in Mariupol Because we’re running out of ammunition.wrote on Facebook on Monday 36And National Navy Brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces fighting in the strategic port.

“It will be death to some of us and captivity to others. We don’t know what will happen, but we really ask that you remember [de nous] with a good wordalso writes this unit of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, which says that it is ‘slowly disappear’.

There is no military solution

“For more than a month, we fought without resupplying ammunition, without food, without water.”a job “The Possible and the Impossible”They added, lamenting the lack of assistance “From the leadership of the army and the president.” Zelensky. We have only once received fifty shells, twenty mines and NLAW anti-tank missilesThe brigade continued. He didn’t give us anything else (…). There were only false promises. »

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On Sunday, Oleksiy Aristovich, Ukraine’s presidential adviser, clarified that “Now it is impossible to break the siege of Mariupol by military means.” “Forces [ukrainiennes] will not enter”He said in a video on YouTube. “We don’t have enough forces and means now.”He said confirming it “Humanitarian and Political Actions” Keep implementing it.

On the contrary, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, General Valery Zaluzhny, insisted Monday morning on the fact that The defense of Mariupol continues. “Contact with defense units that heroically control the city is stable.”He said on Facebook, calling for not to carry out military operations topic of general discussion. “We trust the Ukrainian Armed Forces!”urged.

Le Monde and Agence France-Presse

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