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Zelensky says Russia started “the great battle” for Donbass

Soldados ucranianos em Donetsk: tropas russas iniciaram ofensiva para controlar todo o leste do território do país

Ukrainian soldiers in Donetsk: Russian troops launched an offensive to control the entire eastern territory of the country| Photo: EFE/EPA/STR

18184243 18184243The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, informed the population of his country on Monday night (18) that Russia “started the great battle for Donbass”, in reference to the expected great offensive of the Russian Army to control the entire east of Ukrainian territory.

“We can confirm that Russian troops started this battle”, declared Zelensky in a video message published by the portal Ukrinform, and then highlighted that the Ukrainian soldiers “will fight” and that they “will not cede” any of the country’s territory.

18184243“The Russian Army has concentrated a large part of its troops there to focus on its offensive,” he added, later claiming that “no matter how many Russian troops are mobilized, we will fight”.

A The Ukrainian ruler’s message follows the bombings recorded throughout this Monday in Donba ss and after the regional governor of Lugansk, Serhiy Gaidai, proclaimed the start of the offensive in one of his cities, Kreminna, in the early morning.

In parallel with the alarm in the east of the country, in Lviv in the west and the 80 kilometers from the Polish border, five missile attacks were also reported in the morning, leaving at least seven dead.

18184243Especially dramatic is the situation in Mariupol, the strategic port city on the Black Sea, which has suffered daily from Russian bombing since the beginning of invasion in 04 February.

18184243Ukrainian authorities reported this Monday, for the second day in a row, that it is not possible to open humanitarian corridors to carry out the evacuation of civilians. because, according to Kiev, there are no security guarantees from Russia.

In this sense, the Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk asked Russia, through the official Telegram account, to open one of these humanitarian corridors to allow these operations.

According to Ukrainian sources, in a steel factory in Mariupol, there are about a thousand civilian refugees. The last Ukrainian soldiers trying to resist the Russian attack on the city are also entrenched there.

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