Thursday, June 9, 2022

Zelensky says stalemate ‘not an option’ for Ukraine; Bloody fight with Russia continues in UKR city of Severodonetsk; Zelenskiy says UKR forces not giving up positions in Sievierodonetsk; Putin’s mercenary dubbed ‘The Executioner’ killed by UKR sniper, LIVE UPDATES and MORE

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President Zelensky says stalemate ‘not an option’ for Ukraine:
A stalemate in Ukraine is “not an option,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky declared Tuesday, saying that Kyiv will fight to push Russian forces from all Ukrainian territory.
“We have already lost too many people to simply cede our territory,” Zelensky said at a virtual conference hosted by Britain’s Financial Times newspaper. “We have to achieve a full de-occupation of our entire territory.”
The comments came as Ukrainian fighters continued to wage a bloody, street-by-street battle for Severodonetsk, a key city in the eastern Donbas region and the last Ukrainian holdout in the Luhansk oblast.
The fighting follows a surprise Ukrainian counterattack over the weekend in which Ukrainian forces reportedly took back the city center. But Russian forces have responded with yet more troops and an unrelenting bombardment of the city, already in ruins from weeks of Russian artillery fire. --->READ MORE HERE
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Bloody fight with Russia continues in Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk:
Ukrainian forces were once again pushed back to the outskirts of Severodonetsk Wednesday, the latest pendulum swing in the bloody back-and-forth that is quickly becoming one of the war’s most brutal battles.
As of Wednesday night local time, Russia controlled most of the city, regional governor Serhiy Haidai said on Telegram.
He said Ukrainian forces held the small city’s industrial sector, and that fighting continued in the streets.
Haidai added that the city of Lysychansk, across the Siverskyi Donets from Severodonetsk, was still firmly under Ukrainian control, and there was “no threat” that Ukrainian forces would become surrounded.
In an interview with Ukrainian outlet RBC, Haidai said he hoped Lysychansk — which is on higher ground than Severodonestk — would hold until Ukraine could place more long range weapons in the city to push back Russian artillery. --->READ MORE HERE
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