Russian troops have stepped up their offensive against Severodonetsk, the last base on the Ukrainian side, aiming for complete control of Luhansk Oblast in eastern Ukraine, and Ukrainian troops seem to be fiercely resisting.

On the other hand, Russia is demanding the lifting of sanctions on Russia in return for lifting the blockade of the port facing the Black Sea, and there is a view that sanctions by Europe and the United States are effective as pressure on the Putin administration. ..

On the 29th, the Russian Defense Ministry continued to attack Ukraine with missiles, destroying a large weapons factory in eastern Dnipropetrovsk, and also aiming to seize control of Ukrainian ammunition depots in eastern Donetsk and Luhansk. Announced that it destroyed weapons.

Russian troops are stepping up their offensive to siege Severodonetsk, the last base on the Ukrainian side, in Luhansk Oblast, which is aiming for full control.



The Russian side claims to have taken control of Lyman, Donetsk Oblast, one of the strategic bases about 40 kilometers west of Severodonetsk, and it has been pointed out that it may be used as a foothold for further march.



Regarding the situation in Severodonetsk, Governor Guydai of Luhansk Oblast said on the 28th, "It is under Ukraine and the enemy is not doing well. Russian troops can stay in the hotel in the suburbs where they are based and advance to the center of the city. In addition, President Zelensky also showed in a video released on the 28th that the Ukrainian army is holding up to the attack.


On the other hand, President Zelensky said, "The situation is indescribably severe," and emphasized the need for further military assistance from Western countries.

In addition, the American think tank "War Research Institute" said on the 28th, "No matter which one wins after the battle over Severodonetk, the Russian army's attack peaks in both operational and strategic aspects, and then counterattacks the Ukrainian side. There will be a chance to get started. "



Under these circumstances, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Prime Minister Vladimir Putin called for the removal of the blockade of the port facing the Black Sea in the south in a three-way telephone talk with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the 28th.



In response, President Putin said, "We are ready to help find options that will not hinder grain exports, including exports from Ukraine," and to avoid a global food crisis. He reiterated that the sanctions on Russia need to be lifted.



Regarding these allegations, the British Ministry of Defense said on the 29th, "Russia is using the world's food security for political purposes and is trying to blame the Western side," and "an attempt to lift the sanctions." Also highlights the pressure on Russia's regime, "he said, pointing out that sanctions by Europe and the United States are effective as pressure on the Putin administration.

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