Tue. Jul 5th, 2022

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says Russian forces have “completely destroyed” the industrial Donbas region, and accused Moscow of carrying out senseless bombardments as it intensified its offensive.

Mr Zelenskyy also accused Russian forces of attempting to kill as many Ukrainians and do as much damage as possible, repeating his charge that Russia was carrying out a genocide.

He said while Ukrainian forces were continuing to liberate the Kharkiv region to the east of Kyiv, Russia was trying to exert even more pressure in the Donbas, which lies in the south-eastern part of Ukraine.

“It is hell there – and that is not an exaggeration,” he said in a late night video address, adding 12 people had been killed in the “brutal and absolutely senseless bombardment” of Severodonetsk on Thursday.

“[There are] constant strikes on the Odesa region, on the cities of central Ukraine. The Donbas is completely destroyed, “he said.

A man takes out chairs in a house destroyed by shelling.
“It is hell there – and that is not an exaggeration,” Ukraine’s President said in a late-night video address.(AP: Alexei Alexandrov)

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