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HomeEconomyBattle for Donbas twin cities reaches 'terrible climax', says Ukraine MPNRC
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Battle for Donbas twin cities reaches ‘terrible climax’, says Ukraine MPNRC

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Hundreds of civilians are trapped at a chemical plant in Svyarodonetsk, with Ukraine and Russia disputed over who controls the bombed city.

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Moscow says Ukrainian forces are surrounded and trapped in Svyarodonetsk, the scene of the heaviest recent fighting. It ordered him to surrender or die last week.

But Luhansk regional governor Serhi Gaidai told Ukrainian television on Wednesday that “the fighting is on” and “Russian forces do not have complete control.”

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In Lysychansk, the Tass news agency cited Russian-backed separatists as saying Ukrainians in the city were now surrounded and after a road connecting the city to the city of Svyarsk was cut off from supplies.

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Reuters was unable to immediately confirm the report.

Erestovich said Russian forces in both cities were prepared for different levels of training after Ukraine inflicted heavy losses on Russian forces. Reuters could not verify his comments on the Russian loss.

He said in an online video post, “It’s like two boxers who are facing each other in the 18th round and can hardly keep things moving. The operation started on April 14 and went on for almost 80 days. Used to be.”

EU membership

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin calls a “special operation” to ensure Russian security and discredit Ukraine. Ukraine and the West call this an unfounded excuse for a war of choice that has raised fears of a wider conflict in Europe.

Russia has long opposed close ties between Ukraine, a former Soviet state, and Western clubs such as the European Union (EU) and the NATO military alliance.

Zelensky said he had spoken to 11 EU leaders on Wednesday about Ukraine’s candidacy and would call more on Thursday. He said that he previously believed that all 27 EU countries would support Ukraine’s candidate status.

“We deserve it,” Zelensky told the crowd in Amsterdam via video link.

Diplomats say it will take a decade or more for Ukraine to meet the criteria to join the European Union. But EU leaders say the bloc should make a gesture that recognizes Ukraine’s sacrifice.

The war in Ukraine has had wide-ranging effects on the global economy and European security, raising gas, oil and food prices, prompting the EU to reduce its heavy reliance on Russian energy, and prompting Finland and Sweden to seek NATO membership.

The EU will temporarily return to coal to deal with dwindling Russian gas flows without affecting long-term climate targets, an EU official said on Wednesday.

US administration officials said leaders of the Group of Seven and NATO will try to increase pressure on Russia over its war in Ukraine at next week’s meetings.

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