Breaking News
Get Actionable Insights with InvestingPro+: Start 7 Day FREE Trial Register here
Investing Pro 0
Ad-Free Version. Upgrade your Investing.com experience. Save up to 40% More details

Russia pummels eastern towns in bid to encircle Ukraine forces

World May 28, 2022 09:16PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This article has already been saved in your Saved Items
 
6/6 © Reuters. A view shows apartment buildings damaged during Ukraine-Russia conflict in the town of Popasna in the Luhansk region, Ukraine May 27, 2022. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko 2/6

By Max Hunder and Conor Humphries

KYIV (Reuters) -Russian forces stepped up their assault on the Ukrainian city of Sievierodonetsk on Saturday after claiming to have captured the nearby rail hub of Lyman, as Kyiv intensified its calls for longer-range weaponry from the West to help it fight back in the Donbas region.

Slow, solid Russian gains in recent days point to a subtle momentum shift in the war, now in its fourth month. The invading forces appear close to seizing all of the Luhansk region of Donbas, one of the more modest war goals the Kremlin set after abandoning its assault on Kyiv in the face of Ukrainian resistance.

Russia's defence ministry said on Saturday its troops and allied separatist forces were now in full control of Lyman, the site of a railway junction west of the Siverskyi Donets River in the Donetsk region that neighbours Luhansk.

However, Ukraine's deputy defence minister, Hanna Malyar, said the battle for Lyman continued, the ZN.ua website reported.

Sievierodonetsk, some 60 km (40 miles) from Lyman on the eastern side of the river and the largest Donbas city still held by Ukraine, was under heavy assault from the Russians.

"Sievierodonetsk is under constant enemy fire," Ukrainian police posted on social media on Saturday.

Russian artillery was also shelling the Lysychansk-Bakhmut road, which Russia must take to close a pincer movement and encircle Ukrainian forces.

"There was significant destruction in Lysychansk," the police said.

The governor of Luhansk, which along with Donetsk comprises the Donbas, said on Friday Russian troops had already entered Sievierodonetsk. Ukrainian troops may have to retreat from the city to avoid capture, Governor Serhiy Gaidai said. It was not clear whether they had begun to pull out on Saturday.

Ukrainian presidential adviser and peace talks negotiator Mykhailo Podolyak on Saturday repeated a call for deliveries of U.S.-made long-range multiple-rocket launchers. U.S. officials tell Reuters such systems are actively being considered, with a decision possible in the coming days.

"It is hard to fight when you are attacked from 70 km away and have nothing to fight back with. Ukraine can return Russia behind the Iron Curtain, but we need effective weapons for that," Podolyak posted on Twitter (NYSE:TWTR).

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy voiced hopes in a late-night video address that allies would provide needed weaponry and added that he expected "good news on this next week."

BUILDINGS DESTROYED

Ukrainian forces in the Donbas region said in a brief Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) post they had been on the defensive all day, fending off seven Russian attacks and destroying a tank.

Some 90% of buildings in Sievierodonetsk were damaged, Governor Gaidai said, with 14 high-rise buildings destroyed in the latest shelling. Several dozen medical staff were staying on in Sievierodonetsk, but they faced difficulty just getting to hospitals because of the shelling, he said.

Reuters could not independently verify the information.

Analysts at the Washington-based Institute for the Study of War said that while Russian forces had begun direct assaults on built-up areas of Sievierodonetsk, they were likely to struggle to take ground in the city itself.

"Russian forces have performed poorly in operations in built-up urban terrain throughout the war," they said.

Zelenskiy said the military situation in the Donbas was very complicated, adding that defences were holding up in a number of places, including Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk.

"It's indescribably difficult there. And I am grateful to all those who withstood this onslaught," he said in his late-night video address.

The British defence ministry said in its daily intelligence report that if Russia succeeded in taking over those areas, the Kremlin would likely view it as a "substantive political achievement," one it could use to justify its invasion to the Russian people.

In a television interview, Zelenskiy said he believed Russia would agree to talks if Ukraine can recapture all the territory it has lost since the invasion began on Feb. 24.

Still, Zelenskiy ruled out the idea of using force to win back all the land Ukraine has lost to Russia since 2014, which also includes Crimea, which Moscow annexed that year.

"I do not believe that we can restore all of our territory by military means. If we decide to go that way, we will lose hundreds of thousands of people," he said.

Russia says it is waging a "special military operation" to demilitarise Ukraine and rid it of nationalists threatening Russian-speakers there. Kyiv and Western countries say Russia's claims are a false pretext for war.

Thousands of people, including many civilians, have been killed and several million have fled their homes, either for safer parts of Ukraine or to other countries.

Ukraine's General Staff said on Saturday that multiple Russian strikes had hit communities and infrastructure near Kharkiv, the country's second largest city. A solar power station in the region was badly damaged after an apparent missile strike, a Reuters photographer said.

GUNS AND GRAIN

Pushing diplomatic efforts to find a solution to a conflict that has myriad ramifications beyond Ukraine's borders, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin in a joint phone call on Saturday.

They urged him to lift the Russian blockade of the port of Odesa to allow Ukrainian grain exports, France said. The Kremlin said Putin told them Moscow was willing to discuss ways to make it possible for Ukraine to resume shipments of grain from Black Sea ports.

Ukraine is a major grain exporter and the blockage of its exports threatens to result in food shortages in a number countries, including in Africa.

Meanwhile the supply of weapons to Kyiv from its allies continued. Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said it had started receiving Harpoon anti-ship missiles from Denmark.

Still, Deputy Prime Minister Olga Stefanishyna said NATO had shown itself incapable of mounting a united response to the Russian invasion.

"We have to talk clearly about the catastrophic consequences for the future of all Europe if Ukraine is defeated," she said in a Facebook post.

Russia pummels eastern towns in bid to encircle Ukraine forces
 

Related Articles

Add a Comment

Comment Guidelines

We encourage you to use comments to engage with other users, share your perspective and ask questions of authors and each other. However, in order to maintain the high level of discourse we’ve all come to value and expect, please keep the following criteria in mind:  

  •            Enrich the conversation, don’t trash it.

  •           Stay focused and on track. Only post material that’s relevant to the topic being discussed. 

  •           Be respectful. Even negative opinions can be framed positively and diplomatically. Avoid profanity, slander or personal attacks directed at an author or another user. Racism, sexism and other forms of discrimination will not be tolerated.

  • Use standard writing style. Include punctuation and upper and lower cases. Comments that are written in all caps and contain excessive use of symbols will be removed.
  • NOTE: Spam and/or promotional messages and comments containing links will be removed. Phone numbers, email addresses, links to personal or business websites, Skype/Telegram/WhatsApp etc. addresses (including links to groups) will also be removed; self-promotional material or business-related solicitations or PR (ie, contact me for signals/advice etc.), and/or any other comment that contains personal contact specifcs or advertising will be removed as well. In addition, any of the above-mentioned violations may result in suspension of your account.
  • Doxxing. We do not allow any sharing of private or personal contact or other information about any individual or organization. This will result in immediate suspension of the commentor and his or her account.
  • Don’t monopolize the conversation. We appreciate passion and conviction, but we also strongly believe in giving everyone a chance to air their point of view. Therefore, in addition to civil interaction, we expect commenters to offer their opinions succinctly and thoughtfully, but not so repeatedly that others are annoyed or offended. If we receive complaints about individuals who take over a thread or forum, we reserve the right to ban them from the site, without recourse.
  • Only English comments will be allowed.

Perpetrators of spam or abuse will be deleted from the site and prohibited from future registration at Investing.com’s discretion.

Write your thoughts here
 
Are you sure you want to delete this chart?
 
Post
Post also to:
 
Replace the attached chart with a new chart ?
1000
Your ability to comment is currently suspended due to negative user reports. Your status will be reviewed by our moderators.
Please wait a minute before you try to comment again.
Thanks for your comment. Please note that all comments are pending until approved by our moderators. It may therefore take some time before it appears on our website.
Comments (8)
Amrit Agypto
Amrit Agypto May 28, 2022 5:50PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
Not able to understand the reaction for yesterday and today. Everyone knew that the interest rates are going up by 50 basis points. Why the markets went up 3% after the FED announcement and then came down 5% the next day? Makes absolutely no sense. It looks like as if we got hit by something unexpected. One thing is sure the market will keep swinging wildly before it sets a direction.
Brad Albright
Brad Albright May 28, 2022 1:24PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
For those interested in American military support for Ukraine, remember 57 Republicans in the House and 11 Republicans in the Senate voted against last week's $40 million aid package for Ukraine. All of the Democrats voted for it at President Biden signed it.
Ken Roth
Ken Roth May 28, 2022 12:38PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
Ukraine needs more military equipment from europe. Putin is running out of time and tanks. He only have tanks from the wwii left
jason xx
jason xx May 28, 2022 11:50AM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
They should have received the howitzer a while ago.
Chris Sundo
Chris Sundo May 28, 2022 3:53AM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
We need to max out sanctions NOW !! Which part of NOW does Biden and the Dems not understand?
jason xx
jason xx May 28, 2022 3:53AM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
No sorry we need to confront Russia militarily like yesterday. We will soon have a famine the likes of which have never been seen before. Only force will work. We expect Texas officer's to storm a classroom to save children but we are standing by right now while children die.
Chris Sundo
Chris Sundo May 28, 2022 3:50AM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
Finnish Prime Minister and Ukraine's Zelensky and Kuleba are FASCINATINGLY bright people with an amazing capacity to be logical.  -- I highly admire them. -- Biden, the Germans, and other Europeans can learn a lot from these three. And please don't for a second waste your time listening or reading to what Russia says. Only watch what Russia does, and what Russia's supporters like Trump, the other communists and autocrats, and by association the GOP do. Please Copy the following phrase and watch:  Russia Has “Upper Hand” In Donbas l Kyiv Accuses Putin Of “Genocide” l Chechen Leader Warns Poland - YouTube
Chris Sundo
Chris Sundo May 28, 2022 3:31AM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
Putin is outwitting Biden -- Biden, man act faster, please. Keeping up your slow pace could lose you the election. -- We don't have time for strategic ambiguity. -- Please type the following phrase into Youtube's search field and watch:  Russia Loads Kalibr Missiles Onto Submarines As Tensions With West Mount Over Black Sea Blockade
Chris Sundo
Chris Sundo May 28, 2022 3:27AM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
BIDEN needs to get his PRIORITIES straight pretty quickly as manpower in Ukraine is declining due to Putin's Thermobaric bombs that pulverize Ukrainian positions. Please paste the phrase into Youtube's search screen and then watch:  Most Horrific War Of 21st Century Putin’s TOS-1A Thermobaric Strike In Donbas Sends Shockwaves
 
Are you sure you want to delete this chart?
 
Post
 
Replace the attached chart with a new chart ?
1000
Your ability to comment is currently suspended due to negative user reports. Your status will be reviewed by our moderators.
Please wait a minute before you try to comment again.
Add Chart to Comment
Confirm Block

Are you sure you want to block %USER_NAME%?

By doing so, you and %USER_NAME% will not be able to see any of each other's Investing.com's posts.

%USER_NAME% was successfully added to your Block List

Since you’ve just unblocked this person, you must wait 48 hours before renewing the block.

Report this comment

I feel that this comment is:

Comment flagged

Thank You!

Your report has been sent to our moderators for review
Continue with Google
or
Sign up with Email