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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russia on Sunday evening of wanting to “destroy” the entire eastern Donbass region, promising that everything would be done to defend it, starting with the strategic port of Mariupol. Follow our live.
12:06 a.m .: kyiv accuses Moscow of wanting to “destroy the Donbass”
“Russian soldiers are preparing for an offensive in the east of our country in the near future. They literally want to complete and destroy the Donbass”, hammered in the evening of Sunday April 17 the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a video message .
“Just as the Russian military is destroying Mariupol, they want to destroy other cities and other communities in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions”, he continued, before launching: “We are doing everything to ensure the defense .”
“Sabotage the occupiers’ orders. Do not cooperate with them (…) You must stand your ground,” he said, adding to Westerners that “the need for an embargo on the delivery of oil from Russia is needed every day”.
In the East, the Russian Defense Ministry assured Sunday that “high-precision missiles had destroyed fuel and ammunition warehouses” in Barvinkove (Izium region) and Dobropillia (not far from Donetsk).
“The constant bombardment of the region (of Luhansk) continues”, at the same time deplored its Ukrainian governor, Serguiï Gaïdaï. The locality of “Zolote was hard hit today. They deliberately targeted a five-storey building (…) Two people were killed and five injured”.