The regional governor of the eastern Ukrainian city of Kreminna said Ukrainian troops had been evacuated from the city in the face of Russian attacks from all sides. Russian troops have already taken over the city. It is the first city to fall to Russian forces since the start of a new offensive in the Danube region of eastern Ukraine. Al-Jazeera reports.
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According to estimates, more than 16,000 people lived in the town of Kreminna before the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24. “Danbera (Russian forces) have taken control of the Kremlin,” Luhansk Governor Serhiy Haidai told a news conference on Tuesday. They have entered the city. We have had to withdraw members of the defense forces. They have relocated to new safe havens and continue to fight Russian troops.
“It is impossible to calculate the number of civilians killed,” he said. We have confirmed the deaths of about 200 people. But the actual number is much higher. However, he did not say when the death toll was calculated.
Russia has denied the allegations in a statement issued Friday stating “Similar, baseless allegations concerning Russia’s intelligence have been made more than once. Yesterday, the country’s troops intensified their attacks targeting industrial areas in eastern Ukraine. They started attacking different cities anew. Both Ukraine and Russia have called it a new stage in the war.
A spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry, Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, said 13 Ukrainian military positions and arsenals had been destroyed by missiles fired from aircraft. The air force has attacked 60 other Ukrainian military installations, including the missile warhead arsenal.
The bomber struck shortly after noon in front of a 460-kilometer stretch from northeastern Ukraine to southeastern Ukraine. Russia says it has carried out missile strikes in the northeastern city of Kharkiv and in the western part of Danbas, around Zaporizhia and Dinipro.
The Kremlin announced last month that its main goal now was to seize the Russian-speaking East Denmark territory after a failed campaign to seize the Ukrainian capital, Kiev.
With the capture of the city of Kremlin, the Russian forces took another step towards capturing the relatively large city of Kramatorsk.
Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said yesterday morning that the new military operation in eastern Ukraine aims to seize territory, establish Crimea’s connection with the eastern territory and disband the Ukrainian army.