On the ground, a Ukrainian military official said advancing Russian forces came close to encircling Ukrainian forces to the east, briefly capturing positions on the last highway of two major Ukrainian-held cities before being pushed back.
Hit-and-run, continuous shelling and Russian moves from three sides in an attempt to encircle Ukrainian forces in Severodonetsk and Lychansk, so what is happening on the ground during the current hours?
Escalation of military action
Russian forces have stepped up their military operations in recent hours after making gains in Donbass following the surrender of Ukrainian fighters in Mariupol last week.
In the context of military battles, Alexander Artamatov, a military analyst and former general of the Russian army, says that the current movements of the Russian army on 3 sides around Severodonetsk and Lyschansk point to the fall of the Luhansk region in the entire region of Donbass and the settlement of the military battle.
The military expert explained, during his statements to “Sky News Arabia”, that the cities of Severodonetsk and Lysechansk, which are separated by a river, constitute the last pockets of Ukrainian resistance that have already been penetrated.
Battles are also taking place for control of the city of Liman, the seizure of which will mean a significant advance in the encirclement attempts, unlike the battles in the vicinity of the cities of Bubasna and Bajmut, whose fall will mean the control of the armed forces. russians of a major road axis.
Alexander Artamatov believes that the battle of the two cities is a strategic point in the military operation after Russia redefined its main objective, which is to control the east, in addition to the fact that Russian forces also retained control of a large sector. of land along the border, through which Ukrainian forces prevented the cutting of Russian supply lines leading from the east of the city to the Donbass.
The Russian Defense Ministry announced that its forces destroyed workshops at the “Motor Sitch” plant in Zaporozhye, which produced engines for aircraft of the Ukrainian Air Force, in a major blow to Ukraine in a matter of days.
Against the background of developments on the ground, Denis Pushilin, president of the pro-Russian Donetsk People’s Republic, said that his country’s forces entered the Kherson, Zaporozhye and Kharkiv regions of Ukraine, pointing to the impossibility of protecting Donbass by only reaching to the borders of the two republics.
Pushilin added: “Our units are present in various regions… I mean the Kherson region, the Zaporizhia region and the Kharkiv region.”
Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov also called on the Ukrainian forces in the cities of Severodonetsk and Lesichansk a few days ago to lay down their arms, saying through his “Telegram” account: “I ask all those who are resisting in Severodonetsk and Lesichansk, and in the vicinity of these two cities, to reconsider their accounts and lay down their arms before they pile up.” in the corner”.
With the military operation entering its fourth month, Russia has abandoned its assault on the capital Kyiv and is seeking to extend its control over the industrial Donbass region of eastern Ukraine, where it has supported a separatist insurgency since 2014.
“Where’s the gun?” This was the Ukrainian anguish during the last hours, as the commander of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Valery Zalogny, demanded on the Telegram application more Western weapons, especially “weapons that allow attacking the enemy from a distance”; That’s what he said.
The Ukrainian military said more than 40 villages in the area were shelled, destroying or damaging 47 civilian sites, including 38 houses and a school.
And last Wednesday, the Ukrainian Foreign Minister, Dmytro Kuleba, stressed, at the Davos forum, that his country urgently needs mobile rocket launchers that provide firepower equivalent to that of Russia.
“The Donbass battle is very similar to the battles of World War II,” Kuleba told the World Economic Forum in Switzerland.
On the other hand, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov later warned that any arms supplies that might reach Russian territory would be a “dangerous step towards unacceptable escalation.”