Lysychansk, Ukraine’s Last Outpost in Luhansk, Falls to Russia

Lysychansk managed to hold out for a week after its twin city, Sievierodonetsk, was captured. But on Sunday a pro-Russian flag flew there, as well.

#defense-and-military-forces, #lysychansk-ukraine, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #sievierodonetsk-ukraine, #ukraine

Ukraine Retreats From Sievierodonetsk, as Russia Grinds On

With the withdrawal from Sievierodonetsk, the fighting shifts to neighboring Lysychansk, the last city in the Luhansk region still under Ukrainian control.

#donbas-ukraine, #kherson-ukraine, #lysychansk-ukraine, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #sievierodonetsk-ukraine, #ukraine, #zelensky-volodymyr

Russia Gains in the East, Threatening to Overrun Luhansk

The seizure of three strategic villages confronts Ukrainian commanders with a grim choice: fight on and risk encirclement or retreat and lose the last major centers in the region.

#defense-and-military-forces, #donbas-ukraine, #donetsk-ukraine, #lysychansk-ukraine, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #sievierodonetsk-ukraine, #ukraine

In Ukraine, One Woman’s Shopping Trip Over a Collapsed Bridge

Bridges are critical in the battle for Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk, separated by a river. Shelling has mostly destroyed them, but that didn’t stop one woman from walking across to buy some basics.

#lysychansk-ukraine, #politics-and-government, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #sievierodonetsk-ukraine, #ukraine, #zelensky-volodymyr

U.S. Officials Predict Path of War in Ukraine

As Russia makes slow but steady progress, the arrival of new weapons systems will help Ukraine hang onto territory, U.S. officials and analysts say.

#austin-lloyd-j-iii, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #donbas-ukraine, #donetsk-ukraine, #foreign-aid, #luhansk-ukraine, #milley-mark-a, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #sievierodonetsk-ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #zelensky-volodymyr

Russian Forces Tighten Noose Around Important Cities in Ukraine’s East

The area around Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk is about three-quarters encircled by Russians, leaving only a slender gap there for Ukrainian troops to maneuver.

#donbas-ukraine, #izium-ukraine, #johnson-boris, #kharkiv-ukraine, #lysychansk-ukraine, #mykolaiv-ukraine, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #sievierodonetsk-ukraine, #stoltenberg-jens, #ukraine, #zelensky-volodymyr

Russians Breached This City,Not With Troops, but Propaganda

As they batter towns and cities in Ukraine with artillery, the Russians are also bombarding them with messaging aimed at eroding Ukrainians’ trust in their military and their government.

#donbas-ukraine, #lysychansk-ukraine, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #sievierodonetsk-ukraine, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations

Near Embattled Ukrainian Cities, a Mass Grave for Civilians Grows

As Russia solidifies control in Sievierodonetsk and shifts its focus to neighboring Lysychansk, civilian casualties there continue to mount.

#civilian-casualties, #donets-river, #lysychansk-ukraine, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #sievierodonetsk-ukraine, #ukraine

A brutal urban artillery battle sends civilians running in the east.

Heavy volleys between Russian forces taking control of Sievierodonetsk and Ukrainian forces in a neighboring city are leaving wreckage and growing desperation for the residents stuck there.

#defense-and-military-forces, #donbas-ukraine, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #lysychansk-ukraine, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #sievierodonetsk-ukraine, #ukraine

A Link to Besieged Ukrainians Is Cut, as Allies Question Strategy

The last bridge to the city of Sievierodonetsk fell as street battles raged, and some Western officials questioned Ukraine’s ability to keep resisting the Russian onslaught.

#donbas-ukraine, #international-relations, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #sievierodonetsk-ukraine, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations

Tough Questions for West as Ukraine Cities Teeter

Sievierodonetsk is nearly encircled. Lysychansk may be next. The momentum of the war has shifted, and Ukraine’s allies may soon start rethinking their goals.

#donbas-ukraine, #european-union, #luhansk-ukraine, #lysychansk-ukraine, #politics-and-government, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #sievierodonetsk-ukraine, #ukraine

‘Dead Cities’ Become the Flashpoint for the Fierce War in the East

President Volodymyr Zelensky has framed the battle in Sievierodonetsk as pivotal to the broader fight for the Donbas. Amid relentless Russian attacks, Ukraine holds on and waits for Western weapons.

#donbas-ukraine, #lysychansk-ukraine, #politics-and-government, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #sievierodonetsk-ukraine, #ukraine, #weapons, #zelensky-volodymyr

Russia Is Racing to Cement Its Control in Southern Ukraine

The Kremlin says it has rebuilt rail and road links to Crimea, while appointing proxy officials in an effort to create facts on the ground.

#crimea-ukraine, #food-insecurity, #grain, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #shoigu-sergei-k, #sievierodonetsk-ukraine, #ukraine, #zelensky-volodymyr

Ukraine’s Dilemma: Fight to Hold a Ravaged City, or Pull Back

Sievierodonetsk, now site of the most intense combat, is “dead,” President Volodymyr Zelensky said, but letting it go might be worse than shedding blood to hold it.

#defense-and-military-forces, #donbas-ukraine, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #shoigu-sergei-k, #sievierodonetsk-ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #zelensky-volodymyr

Struggling in Ukraine’s East, Russian Forces Strike in Kyiv

Vladimir Putin threatened “to strike targets we haven’t hit before” if Western nations proceed with plans to send long-range missiles to Ukraine.

#kramatorsk-ukraine, #luhansk-ukraine, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #missiles-and-missile-defense-systems, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #sievierodonetsk-ukraine, #ukraine, #zelensky-volodymyr

A Farmer Holds On, a Fraying Lifeline for a Besieged Corner of Ukraine

Most farmers have fled the Russian advance, but Oleksandr Chaplik has stayed, despite the lethal risks and a lack of workers, water and power.

#agriculture-and-farming, #bombs-and-explosives, #cluster-munitions, #livestock, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #sievierodonetsk-ukraine, #ukraine

As War Approaches 100th Day, Russia Now Controls a Fifth of Ukraine

While President Volodymyr Zelensky acknowledged Russian gains, Ukrainian forces pressed a counteroffensive in the south.

#donbas-ukraine, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #sievierodonetsk-ukraine, #ukraine, #zelensky-volodymyr

Ukraine Faces Brutal Fight Against Russia in the East, Losing Men and Ground

The attention on Russia’s battle casualties have obscured the heavy losses of Ukraine’s fighters in Donbas — often ill-trained volunteers — who face severe shelling.

#defense-and-military-forces, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #sievierodonetsk-ukraine, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #zelensky-volodymyr

Forces Battle for Ukraine City, as E.U. Ratchets Up Responses

As Russian forces advanced into Sievierodonetsk, Ukraine’s allies promised increased aid, a sharp drop in Russian oil imports and efforts to ship Ukrainian grain out of the country.

#brussels-belgium, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #european-union, #grain, #orban-viktor, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #sievierodonetsk-ukraine, #ukraine, #von-der-leyen-ursula, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Europe agrees to ban most Russian oil imports.

A draft of the agreement allows pipeline imports, in a nod to Hungary’s complaints, but would be the toughest action yet over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

#donbas-ukraine, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #european-union, #hungary, #international-trade-and-world-market, #lysychansk-ukraine, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #orban-viktor, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #sievierodonetsk-ukraine, #slovakia, #ukraine, #zelensky-volodymyr

Ukraine Launches Counteroffensive on Russans in Kherson

“Hold on, Kherson, we’re coming!” the Ukrainian military declared as it pushed to retake territory in a key southern city.

#kharkiv-ukraine, #kherson-ukraine, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #sievierodonetsk-ukraine, #ukraine, #zelensky-volodymyr

Russia Edges Closer to Seizing Key City in Eastern Ukraine

Russian and Ukrainian forces were locked in street-by-street fighting in Sievierodonetsk, Kyiv’s last foothold in Luhansk Province.

#donbas-ukraine, #luhansk-ukraine, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #russian-orthodox-church, #sievierodonetsk-ukraine, #ukraine, #ukrainian-orthodox-church, #zelensky-volodymyr

Ferocious Russian Attacks Spur Accusations of Genocide in Ukraine

The country is at “imminent” risk of genocide, a new report says, as Russia turns to ultrapowerful conventional weapons.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #bosnia-and-herzegovina, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #rwanda, #sievierodonetsk-ukraine, #srebrenica-bosnia-and-herzegovina, #ukraine, #united-nations, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #zelensky-volodymyr

Russian Forces Pummel Key Eastern Ukraine Town

With enemy forces massed on three sides, the residents of Sievierodonetsk are at the heart of the battle.

#civilian-casualties, #donbas-ukraine, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #sievierodonetsk-ukraine, #ukraine

Zelensky Urges Even Harder Line on Russia as Allies Work to Remain United

A midlevel Russian diplomat broke ranks and resigned with a scathing statement on the war, and President Volodymyr Zelensky called on world leaders to turn up the pressure.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #civilian-casualties, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #putin-vladimir-v, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #sievierodonetsk-ukraine, #ukraine, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #world-economic-forum, #zelensky-volodymyr