Russia blasted the bridge over Ukrainian river to cut supply.
On Sunday, local sources reported that Russian soldiers blew up a bridge connecting the beleaguered Ukrainian city of Sievierodonetsk to another city across the river, cutting off a potential escape route for people.
The war for control of Ukraine’s eastern Donbas area has centered around Sievierodonetsk.
Since the Kremlin launched its assault on Feb. 24, parts of the city have been decimated in some of the worst combat.
“The invaders’ major tactical aim has not changed: they are pushing in Sievierodonetsk, where the intense battle is happening – practically for every meter,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in his nightly video message, adding that Russia was attempting to transfer reserve soldiers to the Donbas.
According to Zelenskiy, the picture of a 12-year-old boy hurt in a Russian attack has become Russia’s lasting global face.
“These same facts will highlight the world’s perception of Russia,” he stated.
“Not Peter the Great, not Lev Tolstoy,” he remarked, referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s statements last week equating Moscow’s military assault to Russian ruler Peter the Great’s annexation of Swedish regions in the 18th century.
On Sunday, Serhiy Gaidai, the governor of the Luhansk region, reported that Ukrainian and Russian soldiers were still battling street-by-street in Sievierodonetsk.
Russian forces have gained control of the majority of the city. However, Ukrainian soldiers still hold an industrial sector and the Azot chemical factory, home to hundreds of residents.
“Around 500 people, including 40 children, remain on the grounds of the Azot facility in Sievierodonetsk. Occasionally, the military successfully evacuates a person, “Gaidai remarked.
According to Gaidai, the Russians demolished a bridge that connected Sievierodonetsk and its twin city of Lysychansk over the Siverskyi Donets River.
Only one of the three bridges remained intact.
“If the bridge falls due to further shelling, the city will be completely shut off. A vehicle will not be able to leave Sievierodonetsk ” Gaidai noted the absence of a cease-fire agreement and agreed-upon evacuation routes.
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