Russian troops destroy towns in plan to take over Donbas region

Russian troops destroy towns in plan to take over Donbas region

Russian forces bolstered by fresh troops are said to be “eradicating” towns and villages in Ukraine’s hotly contested Donbas region ahead of an anticipated offensive, according to Ukrainian officials.

Donetsk Gov. Pavlo Kyrylenko said in televised remarks Monday the fight for the eastern province is “heating up,” with Moscow “throwing new units into the battle.”

Intense fighting that has been raging for weeks continued around the key city of Bakhmut and the nearby towns of Soledar and Vuhledar, Ukraine’s presidential office said.

Ukrainian forces are bracing for a Russian onslaught in the coming weeks, which would coincide with the one-year anniversary of the war.

In his nightly address Sunday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky acknowledged that the Kremlin’s forces could carry out “something symbolic to try to avenge their last year’s defeats.”

Zelensky further confirmed that Kyiv’s forces have been under increased pressure from the enemy in various parts of the frontline.

“It is very difficult in the Donetsk region. There are fierce battles, but no matter how hard it is and how much pressure there is, we have to withstand it,” he said.

Ukrainian rescuers work at the site of a damaged residential building following a missile strike, in Kharkiv, northeastern Ukraine, 05 February 2023, amid Russia's invasion. At least four people were injured after two Russian missiles hit downtown Kharkiv on 05 February, the head of the Kharkiv regional military administration, Oleg Sinegubov wrote on telegram.
The battle in the eastern province of Ukraine is heating up.

In Luhansk, Governor Serhii Haidai said shelling there had subsided because “the Russians have been saving ammunition for a large-scale offensive,” which he said could be expected any time after Feb. 15.

Military analysts say the Kremlin’s forces may be probing Ukrainian defenses for weak points or could be making a feint while preparing for a main thrust through southern Ukraine.

Ukraine anticipates possible Russian offensives in the east and the south, Ukrainian military intelligence spokesman Vadym Skibitsky said.

Ukrainian army from the 43rd Heavy Artillery Brigade fire the German howitzer Panzerhaubitze 2000, called Tina by the unit, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, near Bahmut, in Donetsk region, Ukraine, February 5, 2023.
The fighting in the Donbas region has been raging on for weeks.

This photograph shows a destroyed building remains in Chasiv Yar on February 5, 2023, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Ukraine is bracing for an onslaught from Russia.


Orthodox Christians leave after the Sunday prayer at the Church of All Saints as sounds and vibrations of shelling continue in Bakhmut on February 5, 2023, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Ukraine officials said Kyiv’s forces have been under increased pressure from Russia.


He didn’t say when the offensive might start but noted that the Russian military would need another couple of months to complete the training of new units.

Skibitsky added that Russia plans to call up as many as 500,000 conscripts on top of the 300,000 mobilized in the fall.

David Arakhamia, who leads Zelenskyy’s Servant of the People party in parliament, said Sunday that Ukraine is preparing for a Russian offensive while planning to counterattack and reclaim its occupied territory — but it’s still waiting for pledged Western battle tanks and infantry fighting vehicles.

Russia’s defense ministry said its forces had taken control of the village of Mykolaivka in the Donetsk region, according to state media. There was no immediate response from Ukraine, which has disputed other Russian battlefield reports.

Relatives stand by the coffin of Eduard Strauss, a Ukrainian serviceman who died in combat on Jan. 17 in Bakhmut, during his funeral in Irpin, Ukraine, Monday, Feb. 6, 2023.
Ukraine forces are anticipating possible Russian offensive movements in the east and south.
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Russia’s main target has been Bakhmut, where its state media said the Wagner mercenary group had gained a foothold.

A Belarusian volunteer fighting for Ukraine inside Bakhmut said earlier that Ukrainian forces were still in control of the town, although more Russian forces were appearing daily.

“Reinforcements are also arriving for us. As far as I know the intention isn’t to surrender Bakhmut,” he said.

Wagner Group’s founder Yevgeniy Prigozhin released a video saying he was in a tactical bomber plane that had just bombed the town. He said he would fly a fighter jet on Tuesday and challenged Zelenskiy to an aerial duel.

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