War in Ukraine: Russian advance pushed back in Sievierodonetsk, briefing on fighting on Saturday, June 4

War in Ukraine: Russian advance pushed back in Sievierodonetsk, briefing on fighting on Saturday, June 4


On Friday night, Ukraine claimed to have withdrawn Russian forces in Severodonetsk, a key city in the Donbass region where Moscow is now concentrating its offensive in hopes of taking full control.

A long-term “usury war” is now raging in the Donbass region, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has warned.
After being defeated in front of Kiev, the Russian army is now concentrating its efforts in the Donbass, in eastern Ukraine, relentlessly pounding some cities, including Sievierodonetsk, which has been the subject of a fierce battle for weeks.

Ukrainian authorities say they have retaken part of the industrial city of Sievierodonetsk, where the Russian military is concentrating its offensive to take control of the Donbass, and that its armed forces could keep the area retaken for two weeks, while fighting is still raging. Saturday.

The governor of Luhansk province, Serhiy Haidai, said on television on Friday that the Ukrainian army had recaptured 20% of the lost territory in Sievierodonetsk. He said it was “unrealistic” to say that the city would collapse in the next two weeks, even if Russia deployed reinforcements. “As soon as we have enough long-range weapons from Western countries, we will push their artillery (Russian, ed.) Away from our positions. “said Serhiy Haidaï.

Reuters was not immediately able to verify the governor’s statements on this Ukrainian advance but was able to verify that the Ukrainians still held part of the city. According to the Ukrainian military, Russia has strengthened its troops and used its artillery to conduct offensives in the city.

The army added that troops had to retreat after trying unsuccessfully to advance into the nearby town of Bakhmut and cut off access to Sievierodonetsk. According to Serhiy Haidai, four people were killed in Russian attacks on Luhansk province on Friday.

After 100 days of war, however, Russia claims to have fulfilled some of the goals of the “special military operation” it launched to “denazify” Ukraine and protect its Russian-speaking population.

“Victory will be ours”however, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky retorted on Friday in a video in which he appeared in front of the presidential administration building in Kiev with several of his aides.

In the Odessa region of southern Ukraine, a missile hit an agricultural warehouse, injuring two people, local authorities said on the Telegram messaging application. On Saturday, the British Ministry of Defense said that Russia was conducting heavy air operations in the Donbass.

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