Heavy fighting is taking place between Ukrainian and Russian forces in the strategically important Donbass city of Severodonetsk.
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Heavy fighting continues on the streets of a critical eastern Ukrainian city now at the heart of Moscow’s invasion, as Kyiv has pleaded with the West to provide more weapons to fend off Russian forces.
In Severodonetsk, a city in eastern Ukraine that has become the focus of Russia’s advance in eastern Ukraine, there are likely to be many casualties on both sides, according to an update from the UK Ministry of Defense on June 11.
“Violent street-to-street fighting continues and both sides will likely suffer large numbers of casualties,” the ministry said on Twitter. “Russia is massing fire with its artillery and air capabilities in an attempt to overcome the Ukrainian defenses,” he added.
But the ministry said that the Russian forces had not succeeded in controlling the south of the city.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the battle for Severodonetsk May decide the outcome of eastern Ukraine. He described the fighting in the Ukrainian city of Donbass as “perhaps one of the most difficult during this war”.
Donbas refers to two provinces, Donetsk and Luhansk, in the eastern part of Ukraine. It is a major strategic, political and economic objective of the Kremlin.
“Extremely fierce fighting continues in Donbass,” Zelensky said in his nightly speech on June 11. “Russia wants to destroy every city in Donbass.”
“Ukrainian forces are doing everything they can to stop the attack of the occupiers. As much as possible. And as much as heavy weapons and modern artillery allow them – all that we have asked and continue to ask our partners – to allow them to do so,” he said. .
Ukraine is demanding more weapons to be handed over faster than the West because the war in the East is essentially an artillery battle where the Ukrainians are vastly outnumbered, According to Reuters, citing officials in the country.
“Everything now depends on what (the West) gives us. Ukraine has one artillery piece for every 10 to 15 Russian artillery pieces,” Vadim Skipetsky, deputy head of Ukraine’s military intelligence, told Britain’s Guardian newspaper.
The country is now pinning its hopes on the missile systems the US and UK have promised to send.
The UK said earlier this week that Multiple launch missile systems will be sent to Ukraine It can hit targets up to 50 miles away, in a coordinated move with the United States. Washington said it would Supplying Ukraine with high mobility artillery missile systemswhich can travel more than 43 miles.
Russia attacked the Ukrainian defenders with several similar missile systems, which have a longer range than artillery guns.
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