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Ukrainian forces run out of ammunition amid Russian bombardment of Donbass

Ukrainian forces are running out of ammunition as Russia steps up its heavy shelling, officials said on Saturday, amid reports of street-to-street fighting in the city of Sievierodonetsk.

Vitaly Kim, governor of the Mykolaiv region on the southern frontline, said Vladimir Putin’s forces were much stronger and asked for more international help.

“For now, it’s an artillery war (…) and we have no more ammunition,” he said. “Help from Europe and America is very, very important, because we just need ammunition to defend our country.”

Russia has intensified its campaign to seize cities in eastern and southern Ukraine, exacting a heavy toll on Ukrainian forces.

In Sievierodonetsk – the largest city of Luhansk that Russia does not currently hold – the Russian bombing of the Azot chemical plant caused a huge oil leak on Saturday that started a major fire.

The UK Ministry of Defense (MoD) said there was now “intense street-to-street fighting” in the town and “both sides are suffering high casualty figures”.

Woman flees burning house after shelling in Donetsk

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He also said that Russia now uses huge Cold War-era missiles designed to destroy aircraft carriers because it no longer has precision rockets.

The five and a half ton missiles were designed to carry a nuclear warhead. “When employed in a ground attack role with a conventional warhead, they are highly inaccurate and can therefore cause significant collateral damage and civilian casualties,” the Department of Defense said.

Meanwhile, the family of one of two Britons sentenced to death for fighting Russian forces have said they are “devastated”.

Boris Johnson has ordered ministers to do ‘everything in their power’ to secure the release of Shaun Pinner and fellow Briton Aiden Aslin, after the pair were sentenced to death in what the UK government has said of “simulacrum” of condemnation.

A house burns after being shelled during an artillery duel between Ukrainian and Russian troops in Lysychansk on Saturday

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A statement released by the Foreign Office on Saturday on behalf of the family of Mr Pinner, 48, said his relatives were “devastated and saddened by the outcome of the unlawful show trial”.

He added: ‘As a resident of Ukraine for over four years and under marine contract serving in the 36th Brigade, of which he is very proud, Shaun should be granted all the rights of a prisoner of war under the conventions of Geneva, including full independence. legal representation.

“We sincerely hope that all parties will urgently cooperate to ensure the safe release or exchange of Shaun. Our family, including his son and his Ukrainian wife, love and miss him so much and our hearts go out to all the families involved in this terrible situation.

Foreign Minister Liz Truss said she had spoken with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba “to discuss efforts to secure the release of POWs held by Russian proxies.”

Black smoke and dirt rise from Sievierodonetsk during a battle between Russian and Ukrainian troops

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Britain argues that Mr Aslin, from Newark in Nottinghamshire, and Mr Pinner, from Bedfordshire, are legitimate members of the Ukrainian military and should therefore be treated as prisoners of war. A third man, Moroccan national Saaudun Brahim, was convicted alongside the British.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the sentences were “guided by the laws of the Donetsk People’s Republic”, the breakaway state controlled by pro-Moscow separatists.

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