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Russian forces now threaten the city of Severodonetsk, with 100,000 inhabitants before the start of the war launched by Moscow on February 24 in

Ukraine

, in which Russia has committed all its means to take it, as it has done with the fall of Limán.

The taking of Severodonetsk, on which "the bombings are constant", seeks to prevent all communication between the Lugansk region, in Donbas, and

Ukraine

.

The city has been without electricity for more than two weeks and water supply is difficult, according to the mayor, Olexander Stryuk.

Close to 100 days of war, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz demanded that the Russian leader, Vladimir Putin, begin "serious direct negotiations" with his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodimir Zelensky.

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The governor of Luhansk: "Next week will be very hard"

The Russian siege in the Donbas mining area is tightening, especially around the city of Severodonetsk.

"Russia has committed all its means to take Severodonetsk and prevent all communication between the region and

Ukraine

," Sergei Gaidai, governor of the Lugansk region in Donbas, said on Telegram on Saturday.

"Next week will be very tough,"

he added, noting that Russian forces "will not be able to achieve everything they plan for the near future," he added.

In turn, the mayor of Severodonetsk, Olexander Stryuk, assured that "the Russians have used many means to take the city by storm but they have not succeeded (...)

We think that the city will resist

".

He warned about the

aggravation of the health situation in the city of 100,000 inhabitants

before the war.

The "constant bombardments" make supply, especially drinking water, very difficult, and the city has been without electricity for more than two weeks, reported Saturday night by Telegram.

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