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Ukrainians in distress at Severodonet, Zelensky refuses to give up the city

Yesterday, the Ukrainian military command announced that a significant part of the city of Severodonet, about 50%, had been retaken from the Russian army. Russian sources refuted the statement.

Today, the Russian Army still controls the city center and residential areas, while the Ukrainian Armed Forces still maintain outposts in the suburbs and industrial areas.

“The situation in Severodonetsk” has deteriorated somewhat compared to yesterday, said Sergei Hajjaj, the military commander of the Luhansk Oblast.

He added that the intensity of Russian artillery fire increased tenfold, saying that the Russians were destroying the cities of Severodonetsk and Lesetsansk.

Ukrainian media asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky if he would abandon the city of Severodonet due to the ordeal, and the Ukrainian leader responded in the negative, as it would be very difficult to restore it.

“It will be very costly, in terms of people and losses,” the president said, adding that five times the current stockpile would have to be mobilized to retake Severodonet if it came under full Russian control. control.

Meanwhile, Alexei Danilov, head of Ukraine’s National Security Council, told the Financial Times that “temporarily losing territory is not a tragedy” if the country stays in return. Newsweek interpreted Danilov’s words to mean, in essence, that Ukraine could give up territory in exchange for peace.

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