Ukraine claims Russia is trying to gain “full control” of Donetsk and Lugansk regions

File - A soldier of the Ukrainian army takes aim with an anti-aircraft missile.

File – A soldier of the Ukrainian army takes aim with an anti-aircraft missile. – Diego Herrera – Europa Press – Archive

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They underline that Moscow is also seeking “a land corridor” with Crimea and to take the city of Mariupol

MADRID, 19 (EUROPE PRESS)

The Ukrainian Armed Forces said on Tuesday that Russian forces are trying to gain “full control” of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions in the east of the country, after Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky said on Monday that Moscow has launched its large-scale offensive in Donbas.

“The Russian enemy is attempting to continue offensive operations in the Eastern Operational Zone in order to establish full control of the territory of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, as well as maintain a land corridor with temporarily occupied Crimea,” the Army General Staff said. ukrainian

“The main efforts of the enemy are focused on breaking the defenses of the Ukrainian troops in the Lugansk and Donetsk regions, as well as taking full control of the city of Mariupol,” he stressed in a message on his official account on the Facebook social network.

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Likewise, it has affected that “the missile attacks and the bombings against civilian targets throughout Ukraine do not stop” and has pointed to an “intensification” of them in the west of the country during the day on Monday, when the city was attacked. from Lviv.

The Ukrainian Armed Forces have also pointed out that Moscow “continues to send weapons and military equipment to Ukraine from the central and eastern regions of Russia.” “Together with combat units, it moves support units”, they have reviewed. In this line, they have ensured that the Russian forces “are deploying logistics centers and creating field bases to repair and renew damaged equipment.”

On the other hand, they have detailed that “the Russian enemy continues to partially block the city of Kharkov” and added that “in the Izium area, the Russian enemy is carrying out offensive operations on the western bank of the Siversky Donets River”.

Ukraine has also denounced that Belarus “continues to use and leave its territory for bombing against Ukrainian territory and for tasks of reconnaissance of objects on Ukrainian territory.” “We believe in the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Let’s win together. Glory to Ukraine,” she stressed.

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Zelensky said on Monday that “Russian forces have started the battle for Donbas, for which they have been preparing for so long.” “A considerable amount of Russian forces are focused on that offensive,” he added.

“It doesn’t matter how many Russian soldiers they bring to the area. We will continue to fight and defend ourselves. We will continue to do so on a daily basis. We are not going to surrender or hand over anything that is Ukrainian, but we also do not need anything that is not ours,” he settled.

In another order of things, the Armed Forces have estimated at “about 20,800” Russian soldiers killed in combat since the start of the war, a figure higher than that recognized by Moscow, according to a second statement published by the Army General Staff .

In this sense, he highlighted that to date 802 battle tanks, 386 artillery systems and 132 multiple self-propelled and armored rocket launchers have been destroyed in the framework of hostilities.

Likewise, it has indicated that 169 planes, 150 helicopters, 67 anti-aircraft defense systems, 1,495 vehicles, eight boats, 76 fuel tanks and 158 drones have been destroyed. “The data is being updated. Hit the occupant. Let’s win together,” he added.

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