Ukrainians at Azot plant resist and Zelensky refuses to surrender the south of the country

There are five days to go until the end of four months of a conflict with no end in sight. The war between Russia and Ukraine continues to reap chapters. Ukrainians, both civilians and soldiers, trapped in the Azot chemical plant in Severodonetsk, are resisting the onslaught of Vladimir Putin’s army as best they can and refuse to surrender. Similarly, Volodimir Zelensky refuses to give up the south to Russian troops.

Serhiy Gaidai, governor of the Lugansk region, estimates that there are 568 civilians at the Azot plant, which would include workers of the chemical plant itself as well as their families, in addition to those people who refuse to leave their homes.

“We have proposed many times (to the civilians) to be evacuated, but they do not want to” Gaidai assured this Sunday.

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said two weeks ago that, in order to control the city of Severodonetsk, it is necessary to put an end to the resistance in Azot. On the other hand, the Kremlin accuses Ukrainian fighters of using civilians as “human shields”.

In response to these statements, Gaidai has replied to Russia and said that leaving the polygon is “impossible” due to constant firing and shelling. “If anyone gets out, they have a 99% chance of dying,” the governor said.

While the situation inside the plant is complicated for those who are barricaded inside, the local authorities assure that they have what they need to continue subsisting.

Last Friday, Putin declared that he does not want the Donbas cities in which they take control to be “a kind of Stalingrad”. However, Severodonetsk is experiencing something similar to Mariupol, where shelling destroyed most of the buildings.

Russian General Igor Konashenkov stated that pro-Russian soldiers have taken Metiolkine, a town very close to Severodonetsk. “All statements by the Russians that they control Severodonetsk are false. Yes, they control a large part, but not the whole city,” Gaidai replied.

As for the south of the country, the President of Ukraine, Volodimir Zelenski, has assured that it will recover and the sea “will be Ukrainian and safe”. The president, after a visit to Mykolaiv and Odessa regions, remarked that “Russia does not have as many missiles as our people have the will to live”.

Zelensky also spoke about the food crisis created by the war, which is affecting practically the whole world, and said that “Ukraine will do everything possible” to counteract it.

The Ukrainian troops have managed in recent days to advance in the south and Ivan Fedorov, mayor of Melitopol (Zaporiyia) assures that “they are already on the borders of Kherson. I am sure that in the next few weeks the city will be liberated”.

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