The Russian President Vladimir Putin is throwing “into battle poorly trained conscripts” as he is suffering huge losses in eastern Ukraine.
The Donbas is the scene of ferocious fighting which is happening door to door, street to street as Russian troops have reverted to guerrilla warfare tactics.
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Russian troops are now on mass in the eastern Ukrainian city of Sievierodonetsk where both sides are taking heavy causalities daily.
Russian forces are pounding the city of Sievierodonetsk which mirrors the Kremlin’s ferocious assault at the Azovstal steel plant in May where hundreds of civilians were sheltering with Ukrainian forces.
President Voldymyr Zelensky said, “The Russian army is trying to deploy reserve forces in the Donbas.
“But what reserves can they have now?
“It seems that they will try to throw into battle poorly trained conscripts and those who are gathered by covert mobilisation.”
Moscow has given Ukrainian forces an ultimatum, surrender now or die as Moscow backed separatists have blown up the last bridge out of Sievierodonetsk and Ukraine troops now have no other way out.
Regional governor Sergei Gadai said that the fighting is raging minute by minute and Ukrainian forces are defending building by building.
“The battles are so fierce that fighting for not just a street but for a single high-rise building can last for days.”
Russian forces control some 70% of the city of Sievierodonetsk, he added, that they are destroying it “quarter by quarter,” which is one of the bloodiest battles since they launched their invasion on February 24.
The governor of Luhansk said, “Russians continue to storm the city, having a significant advantage in artillery they have somewhat pushed back the Ukrainian soldiers.”