Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Tuesday that the situation on the battlefield in the eastern part of Luhansk was “very difficult” as the Russian military intensified its efforts to oust Ukrainian forces from strategically important points.
“This is really the most difficult point. The occupiers are exerting strong pressure,” President Zelensky said in a video message late Tuesday night.
Earlier, regional governor Olech Shinegubov had announced that 15 civilians had been killed and 16 others wounded in Russian artillery fire in the Kharkiv region (northwest of Luhansk).
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has once again demanded that the European Union impose further sanctions on Russia in a statement issued last night, arguing that Brussels should decide on the seventh package of sanctions as soon as possible.
“Russia must feel the pressure because it has started a war for its aggressive anti-European policy,” Zelensky said, adding that it was urgent for his army to take up more weapons. “The lives of thousands of people depend directly on the speed (of deliveries) of our partners,” he insisted.
Danger of encircling the Ukrainians in Zolote
Ukrainian forces defending Zolote and Hirsch are in danger of being surrounded by Russian troops, according to Ukrainian generals.
“In the direction of Toskivka – Pintlysne, the enemy occupied the settlements of Pidlisne and Mirna Dolina,” the Ukrainian General Staff said via Facebook. Russian forces also advanced near Hirsch, according to the same source.
Russia’s territorial gains cut off the northern road link between Ukrainian troops defending Zolote and Hirsch and Ukrainian units in Lisichansk.
With information from AMPE