Russian forces ´destroy´ all bridges to Sievierodonetsk

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Russian forces ´destroy´ all bridges to Sievierodonetsk

The Russian military destroyed all three main bridges in the frontline Ukrainian city of Sievierodonetsk, the local governor said on Monday, reported DW, quoting news agencies AFP, AP, dpa and Reuters.

In posts on social media, Luhansk Governor Serhiy Haidai said the destruction of the bridges means it will now be nearly impossible for humanitarian aid deliveries to get through — and the city's remaining residents are also unable to be safely evacuated.

The governor added that despite gains in targeting key infrastructure, Russian troops are not yet in full control of the city, and that some "access" remains.

Around 10,000 civilians remain in the city, Haidai told the Associated Press.

The capture of Sievierodonetsk would open up the way for Russian troops to advance on other key towns in the region.

Meanwhile, the Azot chemical plant, where hundreds of civilians from the embattled town of Sievierodonetsk have sought refuge, has come under fire from Russian artillery, regional governor Serhiy Haidai said on Monday.

Russian forces have also made advances in the city, now controlling about 70% according to Haidai.

"Russians continue to storm the city, having a significant advantage in artillery they have somewhat pushed back the Ukrainian soldiers," he said on social media.

"About 500 civilians remain on the grounds of the Azot plant in Sievierodonetsk, 40 of them are children. Sometimes the military manages to evacuate someone," the regional governor added.

Presidential advisor Mykhailo Podalyak also turned to social media to repeat calls for heavy weapons from Ukraine's western partners.

"Being straightforward — to end the war we need heavy weapons parity," he wrote on Twitter.

The capture of Sievierodonetsk would open up the way for Russian troops to advance on other key towns in the region.

Ukrainian forces are fighting for "every town and village where the occupiers came," Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Monday.

"We are once again fighting for it and all of Ukraine," he added. His comments came during a ceremony to commemorate the recapture of Mariupol in 2014 from Russian forces.

Russian forces ´destroy´ all bridges to Sievierodonetsk

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