Hundreds of military ministers from NATO and other countries are scheduled to meet in Brussels on Wednesday to discuss weapon transfers to Ukraine, according to US officials, as Kyiv demands a major boost in armaments to help hold off Russian forces in eastern Ukraine. As the conflict has changed into a severe war of attrition, the battle for Sievierodonetsk, a city of scarcely more than 100,000 inhabitants before the war, has become the most important battle in Ukraine.
Ukrainian commander say they will likely execute strategic retreat in Donbass as Russia gains ground
On Saturday, Russian forces attacked the Ukrainian city of Sievierodonetsk after claiming control of the adjacent rail hub of Lyman, as Moscow pushed its onslaught in the eastern Donbas. The recent successes by Russia reflect a shift in the war's momentum, which is now in its fourth month.
As Russia focuses its attack on the industrial Donbas region, Russian forces launched offensives on cities in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday, with incessant mortar fire demolishing multiple houses and killing residents, according to Ukrainian officials. Russia is attempting to conquer the rest of the separatist-claimed Donbas' two provinces, Donetsk and Luhansk, and trap Ukrainian forces in a pocket on the main eastern front, after failing to seize Kyiv or Ukraine's second city, Kharkiv.
Ukrainian officials warned on Wednesday that Vladimir Putin's soldiers have launched a "insane" assault in the Donbas. Gett Images via AFP TOPSHOT-UKRAINE-RUSSIA-CONFLICT Heavy fighting has been reported in Ukraine's eastern industrial heartland, which Moscow is attempting to seize. Russian troops have stepped up their efforts to encircle and seize towns, and the city of Sievierodonetsk in the Luhansk region has been relentlessly bombarded.