Russia Says It Destroyed Depot With Western Weapons in Ukraine
Ternopil’s governor said rockets fired from the Black Sea at the city of Chortkiv had partly destroyed a military facility and injured 22 people. Moscow has repeatedly criticized the United States and other nations for supplying Ukraine with weapons. Ukrainian leaders have renewed pleas to Western countries in recent days to speed up deliveries of heavy weapons as Russian artillery pounds the east of the country. Sievierodonetsk has become the epicenter of the battle for control over the industrialized Donbas region in the east, made up of Luhansk and Donetsk provinces. Oleksandr Stryuk, mayor of Sievierodonetsk, said a little more than a third of the city remained under the control of Ukrainian forces and about two-thirds were in Russian hands. “Our (forces) are holding the defensive line strongly,” Stryuk told national TV. After being forced to scale back its initial campaign goals following its Feb.
Sievierodonetsk is the last city in Luhansk province still held by Ukraine and its loss would be a significant strategic blow. To the south and southwest of Sievierodonetsk, Russian forces were firing mortars and artillery around a number of settlements, according to Ukraine’s general staff. Ukrainian forces have proven more resilient than expected, but the U. Putin says Russia’s actions aim to disarm and “denazify” Ukraine. The Russians had destroyed a bridge over the Siverskyi Donets River linking Sievierodonetsk with its twin city of Lysychansk, Gaidai said. That leaves just one of three bridges still standing, and reduces the number of routes that could be used to evacuate civilians or for Ukrainian troops to withdraw to positions on the western side of the river. In Lysychansk itself, Russian shelling killed one woman and destroyed four houses and a shopping center, Gaidai said.
Also on Sunday, the leader of the Russian-backed separatist Donetsk region in Donbas said there was no reason to pardon two British nationals who were sentenced to death last week after being captured while fighting for Ukraine. A court in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic on Thursday found Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner—and Moroccan Brahim Saadoun—guilty of “mercenary activities” seeking to overthrow the republic. Britain says Aslin and Pinner were regular soldiers and should be exempt under the Geneva Conventions from prosecution for participation in hostilities. “I don’t see any grounds, prerequisites, for me to come out with such a decision on a pardon,” Denis Pushilin was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies. Aslin’s family said he and Pinner “are not, and never were, mercenaries.
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