LVIV, Ukraine (Reuters) – Russian forces have been shelling Ukrainian positions with artillery, launching about 400 attacks on Sunday in the eastern region alone, President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video speech. Stated.
Russia this month withdrew troops from the southern city of Kherson and moved some of them to strengthen its positions in the industrial region of East Donetsk and Luhansk, known as Donbass.
“As before, the heaviest fighting is taking place in the Donetsk region. Bad weather has reduced attacks today, but unfortunately the volume of Russian artillery fire remains very high,” Zelenskiy said. rice field.
“In the Luhansk region, we are moving forward slowly, fighting. So far, there have been nearly 400 shellings in the east since the start of the day,” he continued.
Zelensky also said that the southern army was “consistently and very calculated to destroy the potential of the occupiers”, but did not give details.
Kyiv said about it on Saturday 60 Russian soldiers killed It is the second time in four days that Ukraine has claimed heavy casualties in a single incident.
Kyiv-based military analyst Ole Zhdanov said his information indicated that offensive fighting was taking place on the front lines of Bakhmut and Avdiuk in the Donetsk region.
“The enemy is trying to break through our defenses, but to no avail,” Zhdanov said in a video on social media. “We will fight back. They will suffer heavy losses.”
He said both armies are concentrating on regrouping. Ukrainian forces are moving towards Zaporizhia, Dnipropetrovsk, Kharkov and elsewhere. Russian forces are being reorganized towards Zaporizhia and towards Donetsk and Luhansk.
Russia’s Defense Ministry said on Sunday that up to 50 Ukrainian servicemen had been killed along the front line south of Donetsk the day before, and 50 elsewhere.In total, Ukrainian personnel and military equipment 153 areas with high concentrations were destroyed on Saturday.
Reuters could not immediately confirm either the Ukraine or Russia reports.
Russia has called its invasion of Ukraine not a war, but a “special operation” to demilitarize and “de-naz” its neighbor. Kyiv and its allies say the aggression is a war of aggression without reason.
Deputy head of the Zelensky government, Kirillo Tymoshenko, said late Sunday that Russian troops opened fire on a house in the Kherson region of southern Ukraine.
“There may be people under the rubble. Emergency services are working at the scene,” Tymoshenko said on the Telegram messaging app.
The region’s recently recaptured capital, Kherson cityremains without electricity, running water or heating.
Additional reporting from Ottawa by David Ljunggren and additional reporting from Melbourne by Lidia Kelly. Written by David Ljunggren and Lidia Kelly. Edited by Sandra Maler and Diane Craft
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