The Russian army on Monday claimed to have captured the area of the Siversky Donets River and the city of Toshkivka near the city of Severodonetsk in eastern Ukraine. Russian attacks on Severodonetsk continue to increase. On the other hand, Ukraine has attacked an oil drilling platform in Russian-occupied Crimea. According to the state head of Crimea, three people were injured in the attack.
Crimea was annexed by Russia in 2014. At the same time, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Russia will intensify attacks ahead of the council meeting on Ukraine’s inclusion in the European Union. European Union leaders are expected to support Ukraine’s membership at the summit later this week.
Ukrainian President Zelensky met Hollywood actor and producer Ben Stiller on Monday. Stiller is visiting Ukraine as a UN Goodwill Ambassador. Stiller and UN Refugee Agency representative Carolina Lindholm Billing visited Kyiv. Also saw destroyed residential buildings in the city of Irpin. He also spoke to the survivors of the attack.
Stiller said – it is one thing to see this destruction on TV or on social media. Seeing it from the front is even more horrifying. Zelensky and Stiller discussed the issue of refugee citizens of Ukraine and the illegal repatriation of Ukrainian children to Russia.
The military head of Luhansk has warned of a Russian attack on the city of Severodonetsk. Serhi Heyde said on Monday that the Russian military had enough weapons to launch a large-scale attack on the city. Heyde said that the Russians have deployed heavy military equipment around the area.
Fighting is currently going on in the industrial area, but most of the city is occupied by Russian forces. Now the Ukrainian military is controlling only the Industrial Area and the area of the Azot Plant.