Severe fighting continues at Sievierodonetsk in eastern Ukraine and officials said Russia has destroyed last bridge out of the city making it difficult to make civilian evacuation or deliver humanitarian supplies.
Head of the Luhansk Regional Military Administration Serhiy Haidai informed through social media that
all the bridges leading to the regional center has been destroyed, but the town was not blocked. “There is connection to the town. Evacuation and supply of humanitarian goods are not possible. The residents of Sievierodonetsk who remained in the town are surviving in extremely difficult conditions”, Ukrinform reported.
Haidai wrote on his Facebook page, “the Russians have not completely captured Sievierodonetsk, part of the city under Ukrainian control.” Russia continues to fire heavily on Lysychansk and the evacuation. from Lysychansk is ongoing, humanitarian goods are delivered daily, Ukrinform quoted him saying.
Reuters reported that 70% of the city was under Russian control. Ukraine has issued increasingly urgent calls for more Western heavy weapons to help defend Sievierodonetsk, which Kyiv
says could hold the key to the battle for the eastern Donbas region and the course of the war, now in its fourth month.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Monday battle of Donbas will surely go down in military history as one of the most brutal battles in Europe. “The price of this battle for us is very high. It’s just scary. And we draw the attention of our partners on a daily basis to the fact that only a sufficient number of modern artillery for Ukraine will ensure our advantage and finally the end of Russian torture of the Ukrainian Donbas,” he said.