Despite on-going negotiations between Ukraine and Russia, heavy fighting continues in east Ukraine, with key locations coming under intense bombardment from Russian forces.


This article by the BBC makes the following points:

  • Russian troops are trying to encircle Severodonetsk and Lysychansk, targeting Ukrainian positions with artillery and heavy mortars.
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says the Donbas could be left uninhabited by the Russian invasion.
  • Russian troops are pushing north from the town of Popasna, attacking Ukrainian supply routes.
  • Russian officials claim their forces are fighting for the ‘complete liberation’ of the Donbas.
  • Russia now controls more than 90 percent of Luhansk and has made significant advances in Donetsk since the invasion on 24 February.