Russia is launching a major offensive in the eastern Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk. Fierce fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forces is going on there. Russia has launched a missile strike on a weapons depot provided by the United States and its allies in the western city of Chertkiv in the western Ternopil region. Twelve people were injured in the attack on Sunday. Reuters quoted Russian news agency Interfax as saying.
The weapons were sent to the United States and European countries, according to the regional governor of Ternopil. Cruise missiles were fired from Russian warships stationed in the Black Sea. This caused partial damage to the arsenal. However, a local official said there were no weapons in stock at the time of the attack. Reuters, however, could not independently verify the information.
The United States and its Western allies have been arming Ukraine in the face of powerful Russian forces. Moscow has been protesting from the beginning. Earlier this month, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that if Western nations sent long-range missiles to Ukraine, they would launch attacks on all new targets.
However, Ukrainian leaders have again called for increased Western arms aid, ignoring the Russian threat. It has also been reported that the stockpile of weapons in their hands is running out. The West has been urged to send artillery to repel Russian forces, especially in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine. Ukrainian troops have been under pressure from Russia’s artillery in the region.
This is not the situation in Russia at the time of the start of the offensive in Ukraine. At the time, the Kremlin’s goal was to “liberate” Ukraine from “Nazi influence” and “disarmament.” However, Moscow later moved away from that goal. He said that now the focus will be on the occupation of Danbas area. A large part of the Donbass, comprising the Luhansk and Donetsk regions, was already under the control of pro-Russian separatists. In the meantime, according to the new target, attacks in the region have been intensified.
The fiercest battle is being fought in Severodonetsk. It is said that the bloodiest fighting since the Russian invasion began on February 24 is surrounding the city. Serbian Heidai, the governor of the Luhansk region of Donbass, said today that Russian and Ukrainian troops were fighting on the streets of Severodonetsk. Most of the city is under Russian occupation. However, Ukrainian forces still control the city’s industrial area and a chemical factory. Hundreds of civilians have taken refuge there.
The governor of Luhansk could not provide any information on the number of Ukrainian casualties in Severodnetsk in the last 24 hours. “Everyone wants to flee the city,” he said. But so far no such opportunity has come. The city of Lysichansk is also under Russian shelling. The attack destroyed four homes and a shopping mall. One woman was killed.
The Russian government is issuing passports to residents of the Russian-occupied cities of Kherson and Mariupol in Ukraine. Passports were handed over to 23 residents of Kherson for the first time in a ceremony on Saturday.
Vladimir Saldo, Moscow’s military governor in Kherson, said residents of the city were interested in obtaining Russian citizenship and passports. Ukraine, on the other hand, has condemned the issuance of Russian passports. According to the country, Ukrainian residents are being made Russian citizens by issuing Russian passports. This is a “blatant violation” of Ukraine’s territorial integrity.
Experts say Ukraine fears Russian passports may be issued in all Russian-occupied territories since the operation.
In this way, the Kremlin can make the people of these regions citizens of Russia and demand their ‘protection’.