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‘It’s hell over there’: Ukraine’s Donbass ‘completely destroyed’ by relentless shelling, says Zelensky

“It’s like hell there,” President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a bitter rant against Russia’s relentless bombardment of Ukraine’s Donbass on Thursday, which had left the region “completely destroyed.”

Mr Zelensky accused Moscow of carrying out “brutal” and “senseless” attacks as it stepped up its offensive in the east of the country after its troops withdrew around the country’s capital, kyiv.

Allegations of genocide have also been repeated by Ukraine’s president, accusing Vladimir Putin’s forces of trying to kill as many Ukrainians and do as much damage as possible.

He said that while Ukrainian forces continued to liberate the Kharkiv region east of kyiv, Russia was trying to exert even more pressure in Donbass, which is in the southeastern part of Ukraine. .

Smoke rises from an oil refinery in Lysychansk about 120 km north of Donetsk

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An aerial view shows a crater and destroyed houses in the village of Yatskivka in eastern Ukraine

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In his late-night video address on Thursday, Mr Zelensky said: ‘It’s hell out there – and that’s no exaggeration’, adding that 12 people were killed in the ‘brutal and absolutely senseless shelling’ from Severodonetsk on Thursday.

“(There are) constant strikes in the Odessa region, in the cities of central Ukraine. Donbass is completely destroyed,” he continued.

“This is a deliberate and criminal attempt to kill as many Ukrainians as possible, to destroy as many homes, social amenities and businesses as possible.”

In addition to the dozen dead in Severodonetsk, 40 others were injured as a result of Russian shelling, according to a local official.

Luhansk regional governor Sergiy Gaiday said on social media that there were “12 dead and more than 40 injured in Severodonetsk”. He accused Russian forces of “randomly” targeting the town with heavy weapons.

An unexploded ordnance is seen at the backdoor of a kindergarten where seven people have taken refuge in the basement for more than two months, in Lysychansk, eastern Ukraine

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A serviceman from the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) walks through the damaged Savur-Mohyla war memorial complex


The attacks had started early Thursday and were continuing into the evening, he said.

Mr Gaiday wrote: ‘Information on the number of dead and injured is still being determined as it is impossible to examine the territory under shelling.’

He also urged people to take shelter if they decided not to leave.

Mr Gaiday said that earlier this week families of forcibly mobilized people demonstrated in Russian-occupied areas of Lugansk.

Since turning away from kyiv, Russia has used its massive artillery and armor to try to capture more territory in the Donbass, made up of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, which the Kremlin claims on behalf of the separatists.

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Ukraine’s General Staff said in a statement on Thursday that Russia’s attacks were focused on the Donetsk region, but added that Moscow’s forces had “suffered significant losses” around Sloviansk, north of Donetsk. Related video:

Five civilians were killed in Donetsk on Thursday, according to regional governor Pavlo Kyrylenko.

“The enemy is destroying all civilian infrastructure even in places relatively far from the front line,” he told local television.

This follows reports from police who, on Telegram, claimed today that two children were killed in the city of Donetsk, in Lyman, in a direct hit on a residential building.

Elsewhere, regional governor Roman Starovoit said Ukrainian forces shelled a border village in the western Kursk region at dawn on Thursday, killing at least one civilian.

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