Russia has accused Kyiv of disrupting the evacuation of civilians from the Azot plant in Severodonetsk along the humanitarian corridor to the town of Svatovo. According to reports of the Russian news agency “Tass”, the head of the National Center for Defense Management of the Russian Federation, Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev, argued that Ukraine “committed numerous violations of the ceasefire during the humanitarian operation “.
“Despite the unprecedented measures taken by the Russian Federation, the Kiev authorities cynically stopped the humanitarian operation. Numerous ceasefire violations were recorded,” Mizintsev said.
“The fighters – Mizintsev accused again – have taken advantage of the humanitarian ceasefire to reorganize in more advantageous positions and restore combat capacity, hiding behind civilians as a human shield.”
Ukrainian sources have denounced that there are also 500 civilians, including 40 children, in the factory surrounded by Russian forces. “The humanitarian situation in Severodonetsk is critical,” Mayor Oleksandr Striuk wrote on his Telegram channel, updating the situation. “The Russians are trying to storm the city from different directions; the logistics in the city are becoming more and more complicated, but some modalities remain connected. The Ukrainian army controls the industrial area and does everything to repel the enemy from the center of the city.
According to the latest update on the situation on the ground, provided by London Intelligence, “After more than a month of fierce fighting, Russian forces now control most of Severodonetsk“.” Russia’s urban warfare tactics, which rely on massive use of artillery, have caused massive collateral damage across the city. “”Elements of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, together with several hundred civilians, found refuge in the underground bunkers of the Azot chemical plant, in the city’s industrial zone,” he continues.
“Russian forces are likely to remain stationed around the facility for as long as underground Ukrainian fighters can hold out. This will likely temporarily prevent Russia from using these units for missions elsewhere. It is highly unlikely that Russia anticipated such strong resistance or conflict. “Slow and tedious at the time of its invasion planning,” the report concludes.