“The fierce battle between Russian and Ukrainian forces in the Donbas region endangers the life of every citizen.”
Ukraine has been occupied by its neighbor for four months. In Donestk, where Russian aggression has been concentrated for weeks, there is no security for residents, says Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko.
“There is no place, no safe city in the Donetsk region. “Intelligence data show that any direction is dangerous, from the movements of the enemy.”
According to Kyrylenko, the main priority now is to stop the advance of the Russians in the cities of Slovyansk and Kramatorsk about 80 kilometers, further west.
There are power and water and gas outages in the area. However, evacuations continue. About 45,000 people remain in the city, about a third of the pre-war population.
According to intelligence in the UK, the Russians have suffered heavy losses in the region that at first they considered easy to take possession of. The Donetsk militia has lost 55% of its forces.
Russian forces are now advancing on the town of Severodonjeck, and officials say Ukrainian troops are being forced to withdraw.
On Sunday, G7 leaders will meet in Germany to continue the response through tough sanctions on Russia. Next week, NATO members will meet in Spain to discuss mutual security amid the invasion, with Finland and Sweden seeking to join the alliance.
A day earlier, European Union leaders granted Ukraine official candidate status for membership in the 27-nation bloc. Just four days after Russia started its war, Ukraine applied to become an EU member and after four months, got the green light from the union.