Ukrainian general reveals horror of embattled city of Severodonetsk

‘Every metre is covered in our blood’: Ukrainian general reveals horror of Severodonetsk, the city a Briton died defending

  • The city of Severodonetsk is ‘covered in blood’ according to Ukrainian general 
  • A former British soldier lost his life defending the embattled city 
  • The city has been under heavy attack for weeks as Putin tries to conquer Donbas
  • It’s believed that Russian forces now control 70 to 80% of the embattled city

Every metre of the embattled city of Severodonetsk, where a former British soldier lost his life, is ‘covered in blood’, a Ukrainian general said yesterday.

Commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian armed forces Valeriy Zaluzhny’s comments came as his troops were pushed back from the centre of the key eastern industrial city.

Pictured: Remains of cars sit along during a heavy fight at the front line.Severodonetsk has been under heavy attack for weeks as every metre of the city is ‘covered in blood’, according to Ukrainian general

Severodonetsk has been under heavy attack for weeks as Vladimir Putin’s troops try to capture the city in their push to conquer all of the Donbas.

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky said his forces were fighting for ‘every metre’. 

He added that Russia was deploying under-trained troops, and was using its young men as ‘cannon fodder’.

Mr Zelensky said: ‘The human cost of this battle is very high for us.

‘It is simply terrifying… The battle for the Donbas will without doubt be remembered in military history as one of the most violent battles in Europe.’

Smoke rises from the city of Severodonetsk in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbas on June 13, 2022, amid Russian invasion of Ukraine. President Volodymyr Zelensky said his forces were fighting for ‘every metre’

A Ukrainian soldier crouches on a position during heavy battles in the front line. It is believed Russian forces now control up to 80% of the city, but have not yet captured or encircled it

Eduard Basurin, a pro-Russian separatist, said Severodonetsk had been ‘de facto’ blocked off after Russian forces blew up the ‘last’ bridge connecting it to Lysychansk.

‘The Ukrainian units that are there, they are there forever. They have two options: to surrender or die,’ he claimed. 

Jordan Gatley, a British soldier who left the army to fight in Ukraine, died defending the city. The 24-year-old was a rifleman in Edinburgh but left in March to ‘continue his career as a soldier in other areas’, his father Dean said.

Regional governor Sergiy Gaiday said Russian forces now controlled 70 to 80 per cent of Severodonetsk but had not captured or encircled it.

‘They destroyed all the bridges, and getting into the city is no longer possible. Evacuation is also not possible,’ he told Radio Free Europe. Mr Gaiday said previusly that the Azot chemical plant, where hundreds of civilians have taken refuge, was being heavily shelled.

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