The Russian military has been trying for weeks to seize this industrial city in the Luhansk region, which is important for control of the entire Donbass mining basin.
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Russia’s offensive in the east has overwhelmed Ukrainian troops. But Ukraine could take over key city of Sievierodonetsk “in two, three days”as soon as it has Western artillery weapons “long range”Sergei Gaidai, the governor of this eastern region of Ukraine, said on Thursday, June 9th.
The Russian military has been trying for weeks to seize this industrial city in the Luhansk region, which is important for control of the entire Donbass mining basin. She has taken over the field in recent days and, after a Ukrainian counter-offensive this weekend, is in control again “largely” the city, the governor said Wednesday night.
“This is a very hard, very difficult battle, probably one of the most difficult of this war.”, President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Wednesday night. According to him, “In many ways, the fate of our Donbass is decided there.” “Up to 100 Ukrainian soldiers” are killed and “500 injured every day” in fighting with the Russian army, said Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov.
Ukrainians are constantly demanding more long-range rocket launchers from Westerners. The United States has already announced the deployment of four Himars precision artillery systems to Kiev – a range of about 80 km, slightly higher than that of similar Russian systems, according to experts. But Washington wants to make sure that Ukrainian soldiers have a good grasp of these systems before sending more of them, said U.S. Chief of Staff General Mark Milley. The United Kingdom has also announced the launch of a similar rocket launcher system called MLRS.