Russian Forces Pummel Key Eastern Ukraine Town

SIEVIERODONETSK, Ukraine — The jap Ukrainian city of Sievierodonetsk was flanked on three sides by Russian forces and panic was within the air.

“Please God let him live,” one lady wailed as she climbed down from an ambulance bearing her husband, her fingers lined in blood. “You cannot imagine what a person he is. He is a golden person.”

Police medics drew the lady, who gave her identify as Olha, inside their first assist submit as she appealed for assist for her husband who lay within the ambulance.

But the stretcher bearers have been already standing down. Her husband, Serhii, had died, the most recent sufferer of the relentless barrage of artillery and gunfire Russian forces have rained down on the town, one of many final main Ukrainian strongholds within the area.

Russia is making an attempt to encircle and lay siege to the town, a mining and industrial city that’s essential to controlling the Donbas area — a serious goal.

When a New York Times reporting workforce visited Sievierodonetsk on Tuesday, we drove by means of small villages and fields to keep away from Russian shelling and sped throughout the only lane bridge that’s the solely remaining route in.

Debris from the bombardment might be seen on nearly each avenue. The fins of rockets caught out of craters within the asphalt. A damaged electrical energy pylon and cables have been draped throughout the streets, and burned-out vehicles, shredded by shrapnel, lay deserted wherever a blast had thrown them — some on sidewalks or overturned. A truck hung precariously off the aspect of the bridge.

Advancing Russian forces have destroyed the principle bridge into city and repeatedly focused a second. They have additionally come near slicing off the principle freeway into the city from the south, and hearth on automobiles utilizing the street, making journey perilous. Several mortar shells hit near the principle bridge on Tuesday.

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