Russia’s military has entered the Ukrainian city of Severo Donetsk, a key town in the Donbass region, and “fierce fighting” is raging between the two countries’ forces.
According to Russian media, two people were killed and five others were injured when the Russian army entered the southeastern and northeastern part of the city.
The Ukrainian army has moved into a defensive position due to the continuous bombardment, but the Russian forces are facing resistance from not leaving its territory.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said that “90 percent of the city’s buildings have been destroyed and the telecommunications system has been cut off.”
“The capture of Severo Donetsk was an important task for the Russian military,” he said. We are doing everything we can to stop it. “
On Sunday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Donbass’s “independence” was an “unconditional priority” for Moscow.
Ukrainian forces say they continued to defend in Donbass on Sunday. The Russian military bombed Donetsk and Luhansk, killing at least three civilians and wounding two others, while destroying 62 buildings.
EU leaders will meet on Monday and Tuesday to impose new sanctions on Russia, including on oil.
European governments have failed to agree on a sixth package of sanctions, as the proposed ban on Russian oil is unacceptable to Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
Russia on Saturday stepped up its attacks on eastern Ukraine, saying it had captured the strategic city of Lyman and had successfully tested a hypersonic missile in the Arctic.
According to Media, a Ukrainian official had said that Ukrainian forces fought to repel Russian forces on the outskirts of the main city of Sevorodonsk.
However he denied the allegations in a statement issued Friday stating “Similar, baseless allegations concerning Russia’s intelligence have been made more than once.