Ukraine conflict: Troopers in Severodonetsk plant advised to give up as President Zelenskyy says navy losses are ‘painful’

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Russia has demanded that Ukrainian forces holed up in a Severodonetsk chemical plant lay down their weapons and give up this morning.

It comes as Moscow’s forces inch nearer to gaining management of the strategically necessary metropolis – one of many final within the Donbas area that they’ve but to win.

Ukraine has mentioned that greater than 500 civilians and an unspecified variety of troopers are trapped inside Azot, a chemical manufacturing unit the place they’ve been sheltering from a Russian bombardment that has left a lot of town in ruins.

Mikhail Mizintsev, head of Russia’s Nationwide Defence Administration Centre, advised the Interfax information company that Ukrainian troops ought to “cease their mindless resistance and lay down arms” from 6am UK time.

He promised civilians would be capable to escape via a humanitarian hall – though his phrases come a day after it was reported that two of the three bridges out of the city have been destroyed, with the third one old and unsafe.

Luhansk’s governor Serhiy Haidai mentioned that the civilians in Azot “can not stand it within the shelters, their psychological state is on edge”.

The scenario is harking back to the battle for Azovstal metal plant in Mariupol, the place a whole lot of fighters and civilians sheltered till their give up in Could. The Ukrainian troopers on this occasion stay in Russian custody.

Mr Haidai mentioned that the Russians management about 80% of Severodonetsk and he advised the Related Press that mass evacuation of civilians now was “merely not doable”.

About 12,000 folks stay in Severodonetsk, in contrast with its pre-war inhabitants of 100,000.

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Ukraine conflict: Questions answered

Key developments:
• A senior US defence official advised Overseas Coverage journal that Russia’s choices are restricted whereas Vladimir Putin refuses to formally declare conflict on Ukraine. The Russian president nonetheless describes the invasion as a “particular navy operation”, which means he can’t draw troops from the overall inhabitants
• Farmers in Odesa have began their grain harvest, however Russia’s invasion will imply a world wheat scarcity for no less than three seasons, Ukraine’s agriculture minister mentioned
• There are experiences of in a single day shelling within the Kharkiv area and the UK Ministry of Defence has mentioned Russian forces seem to have made small beneficial properties there for the primary time in lots of weeks

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‘We’re coping with absolute evil’

Losses in elements of Ukraine are ‘painful’

Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskyy mentioned on Tuesday night time that losses in Severodonetsk and the northeastern metropolis of Kharkiv have been “painful”.

“However we’ve to carry on – that is our state,” he added.

Ukraine has mentioned that between 100 and 200 of its troopers are shedding their lives every single day, with a whole lot injured. Russia has not provided figures, however its losses are additionally regarded as excessive.

The opposite principal metropolis in Luhansk that’s nonetheless beneath Ukrainian management is Severodonetsk’s twin metropolis Lysychansk – however the lack of the bridges means entry between the 2 is tough, and fighters threat being encircled by the Russians.

Ukraine continues to plead with Western powers for extra weapons to assist defend its remaining territory within the Donbas, an space that features Luhansk and Donetsk.

Russia claims to have destroyed a variety of weapons shipments from the US and Europe over current weeks.

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Russia bans senior British journalists

Additionally on Tuesday, Russia printed an inventory of 29 British media and defence figures it has banned from the nation.

The international ministry mentioned the listing was a response to the British media’s “deliberate dissemination of false and one-sided data” concerning the conflict.

It consists of Sky Information chief correspondent Stuart Ramsay and politics presenter Sophy Ridge, in addition to correspondents for the BBC, The Instances, and The Guardian.

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