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Ukraine Invasion: Russian Forces Drive Ukrainian Army Out of Central Severodonetsk

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The Ukrainian army announced on Monday morning that it was withdrawing from the center of Severodonetsk after a new Russian attack on this strategic city in eastern Ukraine, where fierce fighting between the two sides of the conflict has been raging for weeks.

“The enemy, supported by artillery, partially launched a successful offensive in Severodonetsk and drove our units out of the city center,” the Ukrainian General Staff said in a morning Facebook briefing, stressing that fighting “continued”.

The governor of Luhansk Oblast, Sergei Gaidai, confirmed the withdrawal of Ukrainian forces from the center of the city, which is the administrative center of the Kiev-controlled region.

“Fighting continues in the streets… The Russians continue to destroy the city,” he wrote on Facebook Monday morning, posting photos of destroyed or burned buildings.

Gaidai warned on Sunday that the situation in Severodonetsk was “extremely serious”. “The enemy wants to completely isolate Severodonetsk by preventing the passage of people or ammunition,” he said, fearing that Russia would use “all its precautionary measures to capture the city within 48 hours”.

In a daily video message on Sunday night, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky described the “very violent” fighting in Severodonetsk and said Moscow was mobilizing poorly trained forces and using them as “fuel for war”.

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Ukrainian forces were expelled from the center of Severodonetsk

Ukraine’s General Staff announced on Monday that Russian forces had evacuated the Ukrainian army from central Severodonetsk, a strategic city in eastern Ukraine that had been fighting fierce struggles for weeks for control.

“The enemy, with artillery support, launched an attack on Severodonetsk, which was partially successful, driving our units out of the city center,” the army said at a morning news conference on Facebook, noting that fighting “continued”.

The Ukrainian governor of Luhansk, Sergei Gaidai, confirmed the withdrawal of Ukrainian forces from the center of the city, which is the administrative center of the Kiev-controlled region.

“Fighting continues in the streets… The Russians continue to destroy the city,” he wrote on Facebook Monday morning, posting photos of destroyed or burned buildings.

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Amnesty International accuses Russia of war crimes

Amnesty International on Monday accused Russia of committing war crimes in Ukraine and said the attacks on Kharkov, many of which used banned cluster bombs, had killed hundreds of civilians.

In a report on the second largest city in Ukraine, the group of human rights said that “the repeated bombing of residential areas in Kharkov is an indiscriminate attack that has killed and inherited civilians and, therefore, is a crime of war”.

“This refers to attacks carried out with cluster (medicine) as well as other types of unguided missiles and unguided artillery shells,” he added.

“Continued use of such imprecise explosive devices in populated civilian areas, knowing that they often result in large numbers of civilian casualties, could be the target of attacks against civilians,” he added.

Amnesty said it found evidence in Kharkov of the repeated use of 9N210 and 9N235 cluster bombs and cluster munitions by Russian forces, which is prohibited by international agreements.

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Destruction of a warehouse in western Ukraine

Moscow confirmed on Sunday that it had “destroyed a large warehouse” of weapons sent from Western countries to western Ukraine, amid fierce fighting in Severodonetsk, in the east of the country, where Ukrainian forces appear to be struggling to meet. russians.

The Russian military did not specify the time of the attack, but Ukrainian officials said in a small town in the west of the country on Saturday night that at least 22 people, including civilians, were injured and a military installation damaged.

Commenting on this, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky said in a video speech on Sunday night that “there was no tactical or strategic objective for this attack, as is the case with the vast majority of other Russian attacks. This is terrorism, just terrorism.”

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