Ukrainian President: We’re facing a Russian “Hell” in Donbas

On Thursday, Ukraine admitted ceding some lands in the east of the country, forcing it to face the “Hell” of the Russian attack, while NATO stressed the need to prevent Moscow from winning the war.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that his forces are under Russian pressure, which he described as “Hell”, in the Donbas region in the east of the country.

Zelensky confirmed that fierce fighting is taking place around Avdiivka and the village of Pisky, acknowledging that “the Russian enemy has achieved partial success” in the past few days.

On Thursday, the Ukrainian military said that Russian forces launched at least two attacks on Pisky, but that its forces managed to repel them.

Ukraine has spent the past eight years fortifying defense positions in Pisky, viewing it as a buffer against the onslaught of Russian-backed forces that control the city of Donetsk, about 10 km to the southeast.

General Oleksiy Gromov told a news conference that Ukrainian forces had recaptured two villages around the eastern city of Sloviansk, but had retreated to the outskirts of the town of Avdiivka, after being forced to abandon a coalmine considered a key defensive position.

For its part, the Russian Defense Ministry confirmed its attack on the region, according to Reuters.

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