The Ukrainian army reported that a number of Russian missiles had fallen on several regions in UkraineHeavy fighting continues in Donetsk, east of the country.
The Ukrainian army added in a statement that the Russian army has been making wide and active movements in the recent period in eastern Ukraine.
The correspondent of “Al-Arabiya” and “Al-Hadath”, quoting the separatist Donetsk authorities, stated that the Ukrainian forces bombed this morning, Saturday, neighborhoods on the outskirts of the city of Donetsk, and eight 152-caliber shells fell within six minutes.
And the sources added that last night, the Ukrainian forces also bombed neighborhoods in the center of the capital, Donetsk, with an unknown number of shells, and six civilians were injured as a result of the shelling.
While the Russian Ministry of Defense stated that the Russian army bombed a factory for drone engines in Zaporozhye Province, and also bombed several facilities for missile makers in Ukraine, which were destroyed and destroyed several Western weapons depots in the province after a successful missile targeting.
In the Kobyansk axis, on the outskirts of Kharkiv province, the Russian army repulsed a Ukrainian attack towards the city of Rubijnaya in Luhansk province, in which fifty Ukrainian soldiers and individual numbers of military vehicles were killed. Russian missiles also targeted energy centers and Ukrainian military bases with high-precision strikes that successfully hit their targets, according to the Russian defense.
The pro-Russian forces repelled Ukrainian attacks on the Donetsk region from various axes, which resulted in the killing of about 100 Ukrainian fighters, according to the separatist Donetsk authorities.
In the context, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that the Ukrainian forces are engaged in fierce fighting in Donetsk, east of the country, adding that they have repelled about 100 attacks launched by Russian and pro-Russian forces in the Donetsk region during the past 24 hours.
The Ukrainian president also ruled out the idea of approving a “short truce” with Russia, saying that it would only exacerbate matters. The fact that Moscow is looking for this truce to restore its strength.
Zelensky said in remarks broadcast at the Halifax International Security Forum that “Russia is now looking for a short truce and a respite to restore its strength. This can be seen as an end to the war, but such a respite will only lead to an exacerbation of the situation.”
“A truly real, lasting and sincere peace can only be achieved through the complete destruction of Russian aggression,” he added.
Leonid Pasnik, the head of the separatist Luhansk, for his part announced that the number of foreign mercenaries fighting alongside the Ukrainian forces is increasing, helping the Ukrainian army to replenish its reserves. Pasnik added that the confrontation with the Ukrainian army could have ended a long time ago had it not been for the presence of these precautions in the numbers of mercenaries.
Earlier, Andrei Marochko, an officer in the defense forces of the separatist Luhansk Republic, stated that foreign mercenaries make up 100% of some Ukrainian units and that this number is constantly changing. He pointed out that the mercenaries fighting alongside Kyiv are citizens of the countries of the former Soviet Union and NATO countries, and what he called “soldiers of fortune” who were monitored in terrorist organizations such as “ISIS”.
About half of Ukraine’s energy infrastructure has become “out of service” in the wake of the Russian strikes since early October, according to Ukrainian Prime Minister Denis Shmygal, at a time when Kyiv demanded, on Friday, “additional support” from its European allies.
This comes as Russia accused Ukraine of having “brutally” executed more than 10 of its military personnel after capturing them, condemning it as a “war crime”.
On Friday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky ruled out the idea of approving a “short truce” with Russia, saying it would only exacerbate matters.