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ZELENSKYY DESCRIBES THE SITUATION IN THE DONBAS AS HELL

ZELENSKYY DESCRIBES THE SITUATION IN THE DONBAS AS HELL

The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy has made it explicit that the situation in the Donbas in eastern Ukraine, the epicentre of the war in Ukraine, is “just hell.”

 

Describing Russia’s “fire superiority” in his nightly video message, Zelenskyy said Ukraine’s forces “still cannot completely break the advantage of the Russian army in artillery and in manpower, and this is very felt in the battles, especially in Donbas - Pisky, Avdiyivka, other directions.”

 

He added, “It’s just hell. It can’t even be described in words.”

 

With intense fighting in the Donbas, Ukraine has ordered residents in one of its constituent regions, Donetsk, to evacuate while Kyiv discusses the need for more weapons with its international allies.

 

NATO Secretary-General, Jens Stoltenberg, spoke with President Zelenskyy about more military aid for Ukraine, tweeting Wednesday that “it’s vital that NATO and allies provide even more assistance to Ukraine even faster.”

 

He said that the two also discussed the first shipment of grain since Russia’s late February invasion and subsequent naval blockade of Ukrainian ports.

Zelenskyy also commented on the initial success of the Black Sea Grain Initiative, a deal between Russia and Ukraine, Turkey and the United Nations, to enable the resumption of exports of vital produce from Ukraine by sea.

 

He said, “Our goal now is to have regularity: so that when one ship leaves the port, there should be other ships as well - both those loading and those on the approach to the port. Continuity and regularity is the necessary principle. All consumers of our agricultural products need it.”

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