Live updates of the Russian-Ukrainian crisis | Russian troops storm town amid shelling in eastern Ukraine

Russian forces stepped up their assault on the Ukrainian city of Sievierodonetsk on May 28 after claiming to have captured the nearby rail hub of Lyman, as Kyiv stepped up calls for longer-range weapons from the West to help to fight back in the Donbass region.

The slow and solid Russian gains in recent days point to a subtle shift in dynamics in the war, which is now in its fourth month. The invading forces appear poised to seize the entire Lugansk region of the Donbass, one of the more modest war targets the Kremlin set after abandoning its assault on Kyiv in the face of the Ukrainian resistance.

The Russian Defense Ministry said on May 28 that its troops and allied separatist forces now fully control Lyman, the site of a railway junction west of the Siverskyi Donets River in the Donetsk region, neighboring Luhansk.

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Russian troops storm town amid shelling in eastern Ukraine

Russian and Ukrainian troops engaged in close combat in a town in eastern Ukraine on Sunday as soldiers from Moscow, backed by heavy shelling, tried to gain a strategic foothold in the area while facing to fierce Ukrainian resistance.

Ukrainian regional officials reported that Russian forces were “storming” the eastern town of Sievierodonetsk, where fighting cut off electricity and mobile phone services and terrorized civilians who did not flee.

Sievierodonetsk, a manufacturing hub, has become the epicenter of Russia’s quest to conquer Ukraine’s industrial Donbass region. Russia has also stepped up efforts to take nearby Lysychansk, where Ukrainian authorities have reported constant shelling.

The two cities, with a combined pre-war population of around 200,000, are the last major areas under Ukrainian control in Luhansk province, which together with neighboring Donetsk make up Donbass. Russia is focused on capturing parts of both that are not yet controlled by pro-Moscow separatists. – PA

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Russia strikes a recalcitrant city in the east; Ukraine seeks longer-range weapons

On Sunday, Russian forces stepped up their assault on the biggest city held by Ukrainian forces in the eastern Donbas region, as Kyiv said it hoped for the longer-range weapons it desperately needs from Western allies could soon arrive.

The invading forces appear poised to seize the entire Lugansk region, one of the more modest war targets the Kremlin set after it abandoned its assault on the capital, Kyiv, in the face of the Ukrainian resistance.

The Russian Defense Ministry said its troops and allied separatist forces have full control of Lyman, the site of a railway junction west of the Siverskyi Donets River in Donetsk. – Reuters

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Russia’s Gazprom says it continues to ship gas to Europe via Ukraine

Russian gas producer Gazprom said on Saturday its gas supply to Europe via Ukraine through the Sudzha entry point stood at 43.96 million cubic meters (mcm), up slightly from at 43.6 mcm on Friday.

A request for gas supplies through another major entry point, Sokhranovka, was rejected by Ukraine, Gazprom said. – Reuters

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Fighting for Sievierodonetsk continues (Ukrainian Armed Forces)

Fighting for the city of Sievierodonetsk in eastern Ukraine continues, with Russian forces carrying out assault operations on Saturday, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said on Sunday.

“With the use of artillery, Russian forces conducted assault operations in the area of ​​the city of Sievierodonetsk,” the General Staff said in a statement posted on its Facebook page.

“The fighting continues.” – Reuters

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Russia claims encirclement of key Ukrainian city

Russian forces engaged in an all-out battle in eastern Ukraine have captured the strategic town of Lyman and surrounded a key industrial hub, Moscow claimed.

But a Ukrainian official denied that the town of Severodonetsk – at the center of weeks of fierce fighting – had been surrounded, saying government troops had pushed Russian forces from its outskirts.

As the battle for Ukraine’s industrial heartland raged on Saturday, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz called for “serious direct negotiations” between Russian leader Vladmir Putin and his counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky.

EU leaders also “pressed for an immediate ceasefire and withdrawal of Russian troops” in an 80-minute phone call with the Russian leader, the German chancellor’s office said. – AFP

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Months after the dam was destroyed to stop the Russian advance, parts of the village are still flooded

About 50 houses in the village of Demydiv remain partially submerged months after a dam was destroyed and the area flooded to prevent Russian troops from advancing towards Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, regional governor Oleksiy said on Saturday. Kuleba.

The Ukrainian army blew up a dam on the Irpin River in February, sending water into the village and thousands of acres around it, flooding homes and fields, but preventing Russian tanks from reaching the capital city.

“As of now, around 50 houses in the village of Demydiv remain flooded,” Kuleba wrote in a message on the Telegram messaging app.

“People understand the situation. We, in turn, make every effort to resolve the problem. – Reuters

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Russia takes small towns, aims to expand eastern Ukraine battle

As Russia claimed progress in its aim to take over the entirety of disputed eastern Ukraine, President Vladimir Putin tried on May 29 to shake Europe’s will to punish his country with sanctions. and to continue to supply weapons that have supported the defense of Ukraine.

The Russian Defense Ministry said Lyman, the second small town to fall this week, had been “completely liberated” by a joint force of Russian soldiers and Kremlin-backed separatists, who fought the war for eight years in the industrial region of Donbass on the border with Russia.

Ukraine’s rail system transported weapons and evacuated citizens through Lyman, a key rail hub to the east. Control of it would also give the Russian military another foothold in the region; it has bridges for troops and equipment to cross the Siverskiy Donets River, which has so far hampered the Russian advance into Donbass. – PA

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Explained: The crisis in Ukraine’s Donbass region

As tensions soar between Russia and the West over Ukraine, the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DNR/DPR and LNR/LPR) in eastern Ukraine have begun to evacuate civilians to the Rostov region in Russia, claiming an imminent Ukrainian army. offensive.

They also declared full military mobilization. Shelling continues even in civilian areas between Ukrainian soldiers and Russian-backed rebels; in response, Russia extended military exercises on Ukraine’s northern borders.

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Ukraine negotiator says any deal with Russia isn’t worth a broke penny

Ukrainian presidential adviser and peace talks negotiator Mykhailo Podolyak said on Saturday that no deal with Russia was trustworthy and that Moscow could only be stopped in its invasion by force.

“Any deal with Russia is not worth a broken penny,” Mr Podolyak wrote on the Telegram messaging app. “Is it possible to negotiate with a country that always lies with cynicism and propaganda?

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Ukraine says everything is done to defend Donbass against Russian attacks

Ukraine has said it is doing “everything” to defend Donbass, where Russia’s intensifying offensive is prompting Kyiv forces to consider a strategic withdrawal from key areas to avoid encirclement.

Russia is waging all-out war for the eastern regions of Donetsk and Lugansk that make up Donbass – Ukraine’s industrial heartland where President Volodymyr Zelensky has accused Moscow of committing “genocide”.

Germany

‘Putin’s war’ has made India-EU FTA talks urgent: German envoy

India and the European Union (EU) were working on the first texts of the free trade agreement (FTA) and the “Putin war” in Ukraine had put “a certain urgency” on it, the envoy said German in India Walter J. Lindner.

Ukraine, along with climate change, the switch to renewable energy and the fight against terrorism, would be high on the agenda of the upcoming G7 summit next month to which India had also been invited, said- he declared.

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Former Ukrainian president banned from leaving the country

Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has been prevented from leaving Ukraine to attend a meeting of a NATO body in Lithuania, his party’s parliamentary faction announced on Saturday.

Poroshenko was arrested twice at a border crossing with Poland on his way to the meeting of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, an inter-parliamentary consultative organization, the statement said.

Christi C. Elwood