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2 more Donbas towns captured


Russian forces took two more Ukrainian towns on the outskirts of Severodone­tsk Monday, increasing their hold on the eastern Donbas region, and putting more pressure on the industrial city that has been Kyiv’s tenuous redoubt in the region.

Moscow’s troops took Toshkivka, on the western bank of the Siverskyi Donets river, according to Russian authoritie­s. The victory extends Russia’s reach across the river after weeks of trying.

Russia also captured Metyolkine, a small eastern suburb of Severodone­tsk where some 800 people lived. Russian state media claimed Ukrainian fighters there surrendere­d to Russian forces. Kyiv confirmed the town’s loss on Monday.

“We must understand that the enemy has an advantage both in terms of personnel and weapons, so the situation is extremely difficult. And at this very minute these decisive battles are ongoing at the maximum intensity,” Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called the battle for the Donbas “a matter of life or death” for his nation.

Speaking by video to western government­s at a conference in Milan, he again called for more sophistica­ted weaponry to beat back the numericall­y superior Russian army.

“We need your support, we need weaponry, weapons that will have better capabiliti­es than the Russian weapons,” he said.

Speaking to Ukrainians in a video address Sunday night, Zelensky warned that Russian forces would step up their attacks ahead of a planned EU summit, where European leaders were expected to express support for Ukrainian inclusion in the bloc.

“Obviously, this week we should expect from Russia an intensific­ation of its hostile activities,” Zelensky said. “We are preparing. We are ready.”

Evan Simko-Bednarski, with Wires

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