Ukraine war: Ukrainian troops ‘repel’ Russian attacks in the east of the country as President Zelenskyy calls for more ‘comparable’ weapons | world news

Ukrainian forces continue to fend off attacks by Russian forces in the east of the country, Britain’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) has said, as President Zelenskyy renewed calls for more military aid.

Russia has recently begun repositioning and strengthening its forces in eastern Ukraine after failing to take control of the country’s capital, Kiev.

If successful, the Russian offensive in what is known as the Donbas would essentially cut Ukraine in half and give Russian President Vladimir Putin a much-needed victory.

But according to the Defense Ministry, Russia’s ability to move forward is still affected by “logistical and technical challenges”, as well as the “resilience of the highly motivated Ukrainian armed forces”.

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One of the targets is the eastern city of Kharkov, where at least four people were killed and 14 injured in a shelling on Tuesday evening.

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Kharkiv won’t fall to Russia, Ukrainian official says

However, the head of the Ukrainian security service said the region will not fall into Russian hands as Ukrainian troops are better prepared for battle.

“We were able to withstand the first and most terrifying attack and now the whole country understands (the dangers), men are mobilized, people can and know how to fight and understand what to do,” said Roman Dudin .

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The battle for the Donbas begins

“They (Russian troops) don’t understand that nobody wants them here. Children, old people, men, women. Even ducks don’t want to see these occupiers here. So death will be waiting for them from every corner, every opening,” he added. to.

Kharkiv, the country’s second largest city, has been under attack since the start of the war.

The eastern city of Kramatorsk has also come under fire, with Russia claiming to have also hit areas around Zaporizhzhya and Dnipro, west of the Donbas, with missiles.

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Russia calls for ceasefire around steel plant, but claims Ukraine has not responded

In the now-devastated port city of Mariupol, a prime target for Putin’s forces, Ukrainian forces said the Russian army dropped heavy bombs on what remains of a steel factory and hit a hospital where hundreds are staying.

An armored vehicle belonging to pro-Russian forces drifts along a street during fighting in the Ukraine-Russia conflict near an Azovstal Iron and Steel Works plant in the southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine, April 12, 2022. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko
Russia’s defense ministry said it has called for a ceasefire around the Azovstal staal steel plant

Tens of thousands of residents are stuck in the city without access to food or water and Ukraine believes
more than 20,000 civilians have died there since the start of the war.

The Russian defense ministry said it has called for a ceasefire around the Azovstal factory by Wednesday, but claimed no Ukrainian soldier has accepted the proposal.

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If Ukraine had weapons ‘similar’ to Russia’s, the war would be over – Zelenskyy

Late Tuesday night, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy used his daily speech to warn that the Russian military is throwing everything into battle for the eastern part of the country.

He called on the international community to provide more military aid to Ukraine, saying that if it had weapons “comparable” to Russia’s, the war would be over.

“We would have restored peace and liberated our territory from the occupiers, because the superiority of the Ukrainian army in tactics and wisdom is quite obvious,” Zelenskyy said.

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He added that the situation in Mariupol remains “unchanged” and “extremely serious”, and accused the Russian army of blocking humanitarian corridors to prevent civilians from safely escaping the city.

“Deliberately killing civilians, destroying residential areas, civilian infrastructure and using all kinds of weapons, including weapons prohibited by international conventions, is the modus operandi of the Russian military.

“It is that villainy that will mark the Russian state for generations as a source of absolute evil,” the president said.

The United States, the UK and Canada have all pledged to send more military weapons to the war-torn country, and the White House has said new sanctions are being prepared.

The move of the three countries came after an appeal with allied leaders to discuss the need to provide more economic and humanitarian aid to Ukraine.

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