Key Donbas city largely under Russian control, Ukraine says

Russian forces largely control the key city of Severodonetsk in eastern Ukraine, the region’s governor said on Wednesday. Severodonetsk is a key city in Ukraine’s Donbass region. Russia has focused its firepower on the Donbass region after being pushed back from other parts of Ukraine.

Moscow forces “control a large part of Severodonetsk. The industrial zone is still ours, there are no Russians there,” Sergiy Gaiday, governor of the Lugansk region that includes the city, said on Telegram.

“The fighting is only taking place in the streets inside the city,” he added.

Earlier in the day, Gaiday said Russia was shelling Severodonetsk “24 hours a day” and Ukrainian forces may have to withdraw. Russia already claimed on Tuesday that it has full control over the residential areas.

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The Donbass region includes Donetsk and Luhansk and the cities of Severodonetsk and Lysychansk, which are separated by a river, were the last areas still under Ukrainian control.

Gaiday said that although Lysychansk remained fully under Ukrainian control, it suffered “powerful and chaotic” shelling. He accused Russian forces of deliberately targeting hospitals and aid distribution centers.

“The destruction is enormous,” he added.

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The UN secretary-general said on Wednesday that 1.6 billion people were likely to be affected by the worsening consequences of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“The impact of war on food security, energy and finance is systemic, severe and accelerating,” said António Guterres.

(With agency contributions)

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