Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Valery Zalujni said that heavy fighting was going on for the Luhansk region, and that the Russians were using planes and artillery.
Russian forces have intensified their offensive to seize Severodonets, a key city in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region. Meanwhile, the leaders of the three European countries have traveled to Kiev to support Ukraine in Moscow’s relentless attack.
According to the French presidential administration, the President Emmanuel MacronChancellor of Germany Olaf Scholz and the Prime Minister of Italy Mario Draghi They left Poland for Kiev. President of Romania Klaus Yohannis They will join them in Kiev.
Speaking to reporters in Kiev, Macron said that the leaders of the three largest economies of the European Union (EU) are the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskiwill send the message of “European solidarity”.
Attack in nine directions
Ukraine has said it is reluctant to support France and Germany, and to some extent Italy, Kiev, accusing them of slow delivery.
As for the combat zone, the Ukrainian army says that Russia has concentrated its main strike forces in the north of the Luhansk region and is trying to attack simultaneously in nine directions.
Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Valeri Zalujni He said that heavy fighting was going on for the Luhansk region, and that the Russians were using planes and artillery.
The capture of Severodonetsk, Luhansk’s largest city, marked the advance of Russian forces westward – Slovyansk and Kramatorsk.
Up to 12,000 civilians
The British Ministry of Defense said in a daily intelligence bulletin on June 16 that the situation for Severodonetsk’s defenders was extreme. it is difficultManaged to withdraw most of the Ukrainian combat forces from the city.
British intelligence says Russia will have a hard time making up for lost troops.
The United Nations says about 12,000 civilians in Severodonetsk are left without basic equipment. Many of them took refuge in the underground bunkers of the Nitrogen Chemical Plant.
Although Russia called on Nitrogen fighters to lay down their arms on June 15, Kyiv did not comply with the ultimatum.