Moscow continues to step up its firepower in the Donbass. There are, according to Sergei Gaïdaï, governor of the Lugansk region, the units withdrawn from the Kharkiv region (north-east), the attackers of the siege of Mariupol (south-east), the militias of the separatist republics of Donetsk and Lugansk , Chechen forces and troops mobilized as reinforcements from Siberia and the Russian Far East.
“All Russian forces are concentrated in the Lugansk and Donets regions”
“All Russian forces are concentrated in the Lugansk and Donetsk regions,” Sergiy Gaidai said on Telegram.
Same with armament. “Everything is concentrated here,” added the governor, including the famous S-300 and S-400 anti-aircraft and anti-missile complexes, equivalent to the American Patriots.
“They are using the scorched earth tactic”
Crucial point of this battle of Donbass, Severodonetsk, in the region of Lugansk, is under fire from Moscow “24 hours a day”, was indignant Gaïdaï. “They are using scorched earth tactics, they are deliberately destroying the city” with aerial bombardments, multiple rocket launchers, mortars or tanks firing at buildings, he added.
The Ukrainian army announced on Facebook on Sunday at least seven civilians killed and eight others injured in bombardments in 45 municipalities in the Donetsk region.
Severodonetsk as Mariupol
The fate of Severodonetsk resembles that of Mariupol, which today presents an apocalyptic landscape after several weeks of siege. Several neighborhoods are nothing but a tangle of sheet metal and debris, bars of buildings ripped open by missiles and shells. Hundreds of thousands of residents fled. Others died. An unknown but undoubtedly enormous balance sheet.
Meanwhile, in kyiv, the verdict in the first war crimes trial is due on Monday. A 21-year-old Russian soldier is accused of killing a 62-year-old civilian who was pushing his bike while on the phone.
Zelensky in front of the World Economic Forum
The Ukrainian president is continuing his videoconference tour with world leaders. Volodymyr Zelensky will speak on Monday before the World Economic Forum (WEF), which is meeting again in Davos after two years of suspension due to the pandemic. He should take advantage of this platform to call for more aid, financial and military. If this intervention will be on screen, several Ukrainian leaders will be present in the Swiss station, including the Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kouleba or the mayor of kyiv Vitali Klitschko.
Faced with the gratin of the world economy, Zelensky could also evoke kyiv’s desire to join the European Union, a subject that divides the members of the EU.
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