Zelenskyy says Severodonetsk battle may determine fate of east Ukraine; UN warns of global food catastrophe

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said the battle for Severodonetsk may decide the outcome of the east of Ukraine. He described the fierce fighting seen in the strategically important Donbas city as “probably one of the most difficult throughout this war.”

The Donbas region refers to the Donetsk and Luhansk provinces in the easternmost part of Ukraine. It is a major strategic, political and economic target for the Kremlin.

The United Nations has warned the ripple effects caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have generated a severe cost-of-living crisis that no country or community can escape.

U.N. trade chief Rebeca Grynspan says the current food crisis “may rapidly turn into a food catastrophe of global proportions in 2023.”

Pro-Russia rebel court sentences 3 people to death

A court in separatist-controlled territory of eastern Ukraine sentenced two British citizens and a Moroccan man to death for fighting on Ukraine’s side in the war with Russia.

The three men fought alongside Ukrainian troops and surrendered to Russian forces weeks ago.

A court in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic found them guilty of taking action toward a violent overthrow of power, an offense punishable by death in the internationally unrecognized rebel-held territory in Ukraine’s Donbas region.

The three were also convicted of mercenary activities and terrorism.

Russian state news agency RIA Novosti reported Thursday that the three — Aiden Aslin, Shaun Pinner and Saaudun Brahim — are set to face a firing squad. They have a month to appeal.

One doctor, little food, no power: In eastern Ukraine, locals face life without security

Two elderly people who can’t walk are in a luggage space on an evacuation bus. Donetsk (Donbas) region is under heavy attack during the full Russian invasion of Ukraine. Russia invaded Ukraine starting on February 24, killing numerous civilians and soldiers.
Two elderly people who can’t walk are in a luggage space on an evacuation bus. Donetsk (Donbas) region is under heavy attack during the full Russian invasion of Ukraine. Russia invaded Ukraine starting on February 24, killing numerous civilians and soldiers.
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SIVERSK, Ukraine — A small Ukrainian town just miles from where Russian forces are fighting for control of one of the last holdout cities in the Donbas has been without power for weeks, residents wait for food to be brought in by volunteers, only one doctor and nurse remain at the hospital and cellphone reception is limited to a single spot.

After more than 100 days of fighting, parts of Ukraine are returning to some semblance of normalcy but on the front lines, people are suffering as Russian forces continue to advance in the east. The Kremlin’s forces now control 20 percent of Ukrainian territory as they continue to fight for control of Sievierodonetsk, an industrial city in the Donbas region.

UN says at least 4,302 killed in Ukraine since start of war

Buzova village resident Oleksandr (surname withheld) looks on as police exhume the bodies of his mother, brother and son to investigate alleged war crimes by Russian forces during the invasion of Ukraine on May 21, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Buzova village resident Oleksandr (surname withheld) looks on as police exhume the bodies of his mother, brother and son to investigate alleged war crimes by Russian forces during the invasion of Ukraine on May 21, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine.
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The United Nations has confirmed 4,302 civilian deaths and 5,217 injuries in Ukraine since Russia invaded its ex-Soviet neighbor on Feb. 24.

The Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights said the death toll in Ukraine is likely higher, because the armed conflict can delay fatality reports.

The international organization said most of the civilian casualties recorded were caused by the use of explosive weapons with a wide impact area, including shelling from heavy artillery and multiple launch rocket systems, as well as missiles and airstrikes.

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