Situation in Donbas 'extremely difficult' - Zelensky


In the last few hours, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky has called the situation unfolding in the eastern Donbas region "extremely difficult", and argued that a regular supply of weapons to Ukraine was the best strategy to maintain global stability, Paralel.Az reports citing CCN.

Speaking during his nightly address on Tuesday evening, Zelensky said "the [full] strength of the Russian army was thrown [in Donbas] to attack".

"Lyman, Popasna, Severodonetsk, Slovyansk - the occupiers want to destroy everything there," he said, referring to a cluster of cities located in eastern Ukraine.

"Therefore, the supply of heavy weapons to Ukraine - MLRS, tanks, anti-ship and other weapons - is the best investment in maintaining stability in the world and preventing many severe crises that Russia is still planning or has already provoked," he added.

Zelensky's comments come as Ukrainian defence officials warn Russia's war in eastern Ukraine is now in its most intense stages, and could potentially determine the fate of the embattled country.

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