Since Monday, Russian forces have launched a new offensive on most of Ukraine’s eastern flank. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and the country’s top officials have said that the “Battle of Donbass” has now begun. Several cities came under Russian control.
The Ukrainian army is now facing a new Russian attack on its flank oriental Since Moscow withdrew its forces from the vicinity of Kyiv and northern Ukraine late last month to focus on an attack on the Ukrainian region of Donbass. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky Yesterday, he said, the “Battle of Donbass” had begun, with Russian forces launching a new offensive into eastern Ukraine.
A “new phase” announces Russia
On Tuesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov confirmed that Russia has started new stage It still describes it as a “special military operation” in Ukraine.
“A new phase of this operation (in eastern Ukraine) has begun and I am sure it will be A very important moment for this special operationSergey Lavrov said in an interview with India Today TV channel.
Westerners make the ‘last’ war
The latter also said that the United States and its Western allies are doing their best to prolong the Russian military operation in Ukraine, according to statements carried by the Russian news agency TASS.
“The increase in the volume of foreign arms shipments clearly illustrates They resolved to encourage the Kyiv regime to fight to the end.”
The Russian army is already in complete control of the small town of Kremena in the Donbass. On Tuesday, April 19, the governor of Luhansk region said that the Ukrainian forces defending it had withdrawn to new positions.
Kremena, which had a population of 18,000 before the war, is on the main road used by Russian troops heading towards Severodonesk, a little further south. “Kreminna has come under control”killer whales(Russian soldiers). “They have entered the city,” Governor Serhi Gedayi said during a news conference.
According to the governor, the Russian army launched an offensive “on all fronts” to occupy the part of Donbass that it still eludes, and took Civilian trap who did not flee before the attack began.
At the same time, the Russian Defense Ministry issued a new ultimatum to the Ukrainian fighters entrenched at the Azovstal metallurgical plant in Mariupol, the last stronghold of resistance to the offensive of the Russian army and its allies in the coastal city.
Attack on the Azovstal factory in Mariupol
The head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk Republic said that the pro-Russian forces intend to “liberate” the plant as soon as possible. Dennis Pushlin.
“All those who laid down their arms are guaranteed to survive,” he said, calling on “Ukrainian and foreign” fighters to surrender to leave the factory without weapons and ammunition on Tuesday between 2 pm and 4:00 pm (11:00 am to 11:00 am). . 1:00 p.m. GMT). The ministry also noted that Russian artillery and missiles have hit 1,260 targets in Ukraine since Monday, the date which, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, was the start of the “Battle of Donbass”.
Oleksiy Aristovich, Ukraine’s presidential adviser, said on Tuesday that this Russian attack “will fail” because Moscow does not have enough military resources to carry it out.
Macron will meet Biden and NATO allies this afternoon
French President Emmanuel Macron He will exchange at midday this Tuesday with his American counterpart Joe BidenEuropean Commission President Ursula von der flexibleNATO Secretary General Jens StoltenbergThe leaders of several allied countries declared war in Ukraine, Tuesday, government spokesman Gabriel Attal.
“At midday today, there will be an exchange between President Macron and the heads of state and government of several countries, in particular the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, the President of the European Commission and the Secretary General of NATO” about the war in Ukraine, Gabriel Attal told CNEWS.
“President (Joe Biden) will host a secure video chat with allies and partners to discuss our continued support for Ukraine and our efforts to hold Russia accountable (for the conflict) in our close coordination,” the White House said in a statement.