Russia, along with the popular republics of Donetsk and Luhansk, is fighting on its side in the Donbass, said Genesy Posilin, head of the breakaway region of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, not only with Ukraine, but with a whole group of countries.
“The Russian Federation, the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Luhansk People’s Republic are now faced not only with Ukraine but with a whole group of countries. Maybe straight to NATO? Presumably this is not the case, but there are quite a few participants, such as private security companies and outside trainers.Posselin said on a YouTube channel called Solovyov Live.
He added that the opponent is very adept at continuing the fight, including building defense lines and artillery attacks. He suggested that Ukrainian government forces alone would not have been able to develop these capabilities in such a short time.
The governor of Luhansk Province, Serhiy Hajjaj, said on Saturday evening that a Russian strike hit the nitric acid tank in Rubizny again. He called on the townspeople to stay in their homes or shelters, and shut doors and windows due to the airborne gases. In the video he posted, you can see a thick reddish cloud. At the same time, pro-Russian separatists claimed that Ukrainian government forces were responsible for hitting the chemical plant.
Alexander Sagica, the military commander of the neighboring city of Lysitsansk, called on the local residents to leave the settlement immediately.
“Unfortunately, artillery shelling doesn’t falterHe said in a video message that the Ukrainian forces will not abandon Luhansk.
In the evening, Pavlo Kirilenko, governor of the Donetsk region, said that five civilians were killed and five wounded in Vohlidar and Novomihaglivka as a result of the Russian attacks.
There were reports of the killing of two civilians from the Kharkiv region.
Russian Colonel Mikhail Mizenev, Head of the Interministerial Coordination Headquarters for Humanitarian Response and Head of the National Defense Command Center, said Saturday night that more than 700,000 people fled from the “people’s republics” of Donetsk, Luhansk and other parts of Ukraine to Russia in February … since the beginning. As he said, on Saturday alone, 24,000 people left the combat zones of Ukraine in the direction of Russia.
Kirillo Tymoshenko, deputy head of Ukraine’s presidential office, reported that 4,532 civilians were evacuated from the besieged cities through humanitarian corridors during the day.
British military intelligence reported that Russian forces are using IEDs to inflict casualties on Ukrainian government forces, reducing their fighting spirit and restricting their freedom of movement.
In addition, Russian forces continue to hit infrastructure, which could pose a significant risk of further civilian casualties.He drew attention in a statement issued by the British Ministry of Defense.
Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Irina Vereshuk reported that the prisoner exchange took place for the third time since the start of the Russian operation. According to him, 26 Ukrainian citizens – 12 soldiers and 14 civilians – were released from Russian captivity. He did not say where the prisoners were exchanged or how many Russian soldiers were released.
However, Russia’s High Commissioner for Human Rights Tatiana Moskalkova stated that the parties have replaced truck drivers stranded in the territory of the other country due to the fighting. Russian news agency TASZSZ knows about 32 Russian and 20 Ukrainian truck drivers.
News agencies indicated that the information received from the warring parties could not be verified by an independent source.