Battle for Donbass has started — Ukraine

Kiev claims that Russia has launched its Donbass offensive in eastern Ukraine, with heavy fighting reported on all fronts Read Full Article at RT.com

Battle for Donbass has started — Ukraine
18 Apr, 2022 21:52 HomeRussia & FSU

Battle for Donbass has started — Ukraine

Kiev says the “second phase of the war” has begun

The second phase of the Russian offensive has started, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and his advisers claimed on Monday. The government in Kiev said there were reports of heavy fighting on the Donetsk, Lugansk, and Kharkov fronts, and that Ukrainian troops were holding the line.

“We can now confirm that Russian troops have begun the battle for the Donbass, which they have been preparing for a long time,” Zelensky said in a video posted on Telegram on Monday evening.

“A large part of the Russian army is now dedicated to this offensive,” he added. 

“second phase of the war” had started in the east, but urged Ukrainians to “believe in our army, it is very strong.”

“along almost the entire front line,” said Alexey Danilov, the secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council. “Fortunately, our military is holding on.”

reports of artillery and missile strikes in Kharkov, Nikolaev, and north-western Donetsk regions.

Russia attacked the neighboring state in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. The German and French brokered protocols were designed to give the breakaway regions special status within the Ukrainian state.