President Zelensky says Russian shelling has destroyed 113 church buildings in Ukraine since begin of struggle

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The Russian military is “throwing all its reserves into” capturing town of Severodonetsk within the jap Luhansk area, in line with Serhiy Hayday, the top of the regional navy administration. “They’d beforehand managed to seize many of the metropolis, however now our navy has pushed them again,” Hayday advised Ukrainian tv, claiming the Russians are “struggling enormous losses.” Hayday additionally stated Chechen forces who seem to have thought the battle was gained had entered town. He stated the Russians have been attempting to demolish bridges “in order that we can’t present reinforcements to our guys who’re in Severodonetsk, who’re defending the Luhansk area. … They’re actually afraid that the success of our defenders will develop, and this may be completed if ammunition, weapons and reinforcements are supplied in time. That is the very first thing they’re afraid of.”Earlier Saturday, Hayday stated Ukraine now controls about half of Severodonetsk. He was responding to a query in regards to the newest UK intelligence evaluation, which had predicted Russia would management the entire Luhansk area inside two weeks. The humanitarian state of affairs is tough within the space, he added. “At current, we are able to neither evacuate individuals nor convey humanitarian help, for instance, to Severodonetsk. The one locations the place we are able to ship humanitarian cargo — meals, medication — are Lysychansk and the Hirske group,” that are to the south of Severodonetsk, he stated.  “Even in Lysychansk, we’re shelled, however every day we proceed to move humanitarian items by vans. We might even evacuate individuals, however quietly, with out publicity, as a result of the Russian military is capturing at evacuation buses,” Hayday claimed.Oleksandr Striuk, head of the Severodonetsk navy administration, stated late Saturday that road battles proceed within the metropolis, and “our navy is doing all the pieces to drive the enemy out of town.”Striuk stated that residential areas of town at the moment are “divided in half.” “Avenue battles are being fought, which is accompanied by fixed artillery shelling. The state of affairs is sort of tense, however there’s hope and confidence in our armed forces that all the pieces will work out. The town stays Ukrainian,” he stated.He stated there had been about 13,000 individuals within the metropolis earlier than it was stormed by Russian troops, however some had been “forcibly eliminated to the occupied territory.”

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