On Monday, Kyiv acknowledged its biggest military losses from a single attack during the Ukraine conflict, stating that 87 people were killed last week when Russian forces attacked a barracks holding troops at a training centre in the north.
The statement that dozens had been killed in a single attack proved Russia’s capacity to inflict massive losses on Ukraine, even at a distance from the front. Monday, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy presented the death toll to business leaders in Davos, Switzerland via video link.
Ukraine earlier stated that at least eight persons were murdered in the attack on May 17, but provided little specifics. In March, more than twice as many people were killed near a similar attack on a Ukrainian training base in the western Israeli city of Yarahov.
“History is at a crossroads… This is the decisive moment as to whether brute force will dominate the world “In his address, Zelenskiy called for severe economic sanctions against Russia.
In the most recent combat on the front lines, Ukraine announced on Monday that it had repelled a Russian attack on Sievierodonetsk, the main target of Moscow’s push since it ultimately conquered Mariupol last week.
According to Zelenskiy’s administration, Russian forces attempted to storm Sievierodonetsk but were unsuccessful and retreated. The city on the Siverskiy Donets River has been Russia’s primary objective in recent days as it attempts to encircle Ukrainian soldiers and totally seize the provinces of Luhansk and Donetsk.
Having captured Mariupol after a three-month siege but losing territory elsewhere, the war in Ukraine has entered what some Western military analysts describe as a new phase: a major Russian push to capture the eastern region known as the Donbas, after which Moscow is expected to shift to defending and imposing its rule over territory it controls.