Sep 25, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine enters 100th day as fighting rages

Ukraine marked 100 days since Russia’s invasion on Friday, with fighting raging in the east of the country where Moscow’s forces are tightening their grip on the Donbass region.

The somber milestone came when Kyiv announced Moscow is now in control of one-fifth of Ukraine’s territory, including Crimea and parts of Donbass captured in 2014.

After being driven out of the capital’s surroundings, President Vladimir Putin’s forces have continued to seize the Eastern Ukraine targeted, prompting warnings the war could drag on.

Some of the fiercest fighting is now centered in Severodonetsk in the Donbass region, of which the Russians have captured 80 percent but Ukrainian forces have are putting up fierce resistance.

< p>President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said late Thursday that Ukrainian forces had achieved some success in the battle for the industrial center in the Luhansk region.

“But it’s still too early. It’s the most difficult area right now,” he added.

Lugansk regional governor Sergi y Gaiday said on Telegram that “they’ve been razing everything for 100 days,” blaming the Russians for hospitals , destroying schools and roads.

“But we are getting stronger. Hating the enemy and believing in our victory make us unbreakable.”

Since the Russian invasion on 24 February saw thousands killed and millions forced to flee, while Zelensky says up to 100 Ukrainian soldiers die every day on the battlefield.

The Azot factory in Severodonetsk, one of Europe’s largest chemical plants , was attacked by Russian soldiers, who fired on one of their administrative buildings and a warehouse where methanol was stored.

‘Firing up’

Ukrainian troops still held an industrial area, said Gaiday, a situation reminiscent of Mariupol, where a huge steel mill was the last stronghold of the south-eastern port city until the Ukrainian troops finally surrendered at the end of May.

The situation in Lysyhansk – Severodonetsk’s sister city, which lies directly across a river – also looked worse worse off.

About 60 percent of infrastructure and housing was destroyed while internet, mobile and gas services were downed, said the city’s mayor, Oleksandr Zaika.

“The shelling is getting stronger every day,” he said.

In the city of Sloviansk, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) from Severodonetsk, residents said there was constant bombardment by Russian troops.

“It It’s very difficult here,” said paramedic Ekaterina Perednenko, 24, who returned to the city just five days ago but realizes she has to leave.

“Shooting is everywhere, it’s scary . No water, electricity or gas,” she said.

And in Mykolaiv to the south, Russian shelling killed at least one person and wounded several others, Ukrainian military officials said late Thursday.

Financial constraints

Lead by the United States, western nations have pumped arms and military supplies into Ukraine to help it survive the attack.

Bridget Brink, the new US ambassador in Kyiv, on Thursday vowed that the United States would “help Ukraine stand up to Russian aggression” after testifying to Zelenskyy.

Earlier this week, the United States announced that they would send more advanced Himar multiple rocket launcher systems to Himar Ukraine.

The mobile units can simultaneously fire multiple precision-guided munitions at targets up to 80 kilometers away.

They are the heart of a 700 -Million-dollar package that also includes air surveillance radar, munitions, helicopters and vehicles.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov accused Vashin Tons of “pouring fuel on the fire,” despite US officials insisting that Ukraine has promised not to use them for attacks inside Russia.

Besides supplying arms to Ukraine, Western allies have also sought to choke off Russia’s financial lifeline in an attempt to persuade Putin to change course.< /p>

The United States has expanded a long list of embargoes, blacklisting Putin’s money managers and a Monaco company that supplies luxury yachts to Moscow’s elite.

< p>On the other hand Atlantic, EU countries agreed on new sanctions that would halt 90 percent of Russian oil imports into the bloc by the end of the year.

Oil movement disappointed

Russia warned European consumers would who are the first to pay the price for the partial oil embargo.

Major crude oil producers agreed to increase production by about 50 percent a month to calm an overheated market and ease inflationary pressures.< /p>

But the move disappointed investors and prices rose after the announcement.

The war risks tri-ignited a global food crisis as Ukraine is one of the world’s largest grain producers.

This has already resulted in higher costs for staples ranging from grains to sunflower oil to corn, with the poorest being among those hardest hit.

African Union chief Senegalese President Macky Sall said will travel to Russia on Friday for talks with Putin.

The visit aims to “release stocks of grain and fertilizers, the blockade of which is particularly affecting African countries,” as well as easing the Ukraine conflict, Sa said lls office.