Donbas situation ‘difficult, acute’ for Ukraine: Zelensky

ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky He said on Monday that the situation in Ukraine’s Donbas region is “difficult” as Russian forces continue to use available resources to make some progress.

“The front line, Bakhmut, Kreminna and other areas in Donbas, which now require maximum strength and concentration. The situation there is difficult, acute. The occupiers are using all the resources available to them, and these are significant resources, to squeeze at least some progress,” Zelensky said in a public speech without revealing details about the type of resources the Russians are using to advance Ukraine.

Kreminna, a city located within Lugansk Oblast, has yet to be liberated despite Russian forces withdrawing and relocating to Rubizhne, a nearby city that is just over 9 miles from the front line, according to Serhiy. Haidai, the Ukrainian boss. of the Lugansk Regional Military Administration.

“The reports that our army has already liberated Kreminna or at least advanced towards its outskirts are not true, but the fighting continues near the city and I can say that the command of a certain echelon that was stationed in Kreminna has now been transferred. Rubizhne,” Haidai said on Monday, reported Ukrinform.

Donbas situation is 'difficult, acute' for Ukraine: Zelensky
Above, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks during a working session at the Mariinsky Palace in Kyiv on June 16. Zelensky said Monday that the situation in Ukraine’s Donbas region is “difficult” as Russian forces continue to use available resources to make some progress.
Photo by LUDOVIC MARIN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Haidai also said that the Russians failed to organize a counter-offensive towards Lyman, a city in the Donetsk region, after the Ukrainian forces were able to prevent this plan.

“They had such plans, but thanks to the Ukrainian Command, which exposed their plot and saw the full map of military developments, the Ukrainian Defense Forces prevented the occupation troops from implementing their plans. They were unsuccessful in [the] counteroffensive. But now they are pulling out the reserves,” she said.

Zelensky on Monday praised efforts to prevent Russian attacks and thanked Ukrainian forces who were able to “hold their positions firmly, hold their ground, and yet find opportunities not only to lose nothing, but also to drive out the occupiers, to ‘subtract’ from them.”

“Today I want to celebrate the 10th Separate Mountain Assault Brigade for capturing the occupiers in the Donetsk region. It is very important. This will allow us to free more Ukrainians,” he said. “I will also celebrate the 80th and 95th Separate Airborne Assault Brigades for the successful destruction of the enemy force in the direction of Lyman. Well done guys! The more the occupiers lose, the more time we all buy for Ukraine.”

Earlier this month, the Ukrainian president made similar comments about Donbas, describing the assault in the region as “very difficult” as Russian forces had effectively “destroyed” Bakhmut.

Zelensky said at the time that he had “discussed the situation on the front line and winter prospects on the battlefieldduring a conversation with the British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. The Ukrainian president said that areas of Donbas had turned into lifeless wastelands after ongoing fighting with Russian forces.

“The frontline situation remains very difficult in the key areas of Donbas: Bakhmut, Soledar, Maryinka, Kreminna…,” Zelensky said at the time. “For a long time, there was no place left to live on the land of these areas that has not been damaged by shells and fire. The occupants actually destroyed Bakhmutanother city in Donbas that the Russian army turned into burnt ruins”.

news week contacted the Russian Foreign Ministry for comment.

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