Ukraine’s Zelenskiy Says Donbas Region Has Been Completely Destroyed

A view shows an Azovstal Iron and Steel Works plant during the Ukraine-Russia conflict in the southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine, May 15, 2022. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko

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May 19 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Thursday that Russian forces had “completely destroyed” the Donbas industrial region and accused Moscow of carrying out senseless bombing as it intensified its offensive.

Zelenskiy also accused Russian forces of trying to kill as many Ukrainians and cause as much damage as possible, repeating his charge that Russia was carrying out genocide.

Zelenskiy said that while Ukrainian forces continued to liberate the Kharkiv region east of Kyiv, Russia was trying to put even more pressure on Donbas, which is in the southeastern part of Ukraine.

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“It’s hell over there, and that’s not an exaggeration,” he said in a late-night video address, adding that 12 people had been killed in the “absolutely senseless and brutal shelling” of Severodonetsk on Thursday.

“(There are) constant attacks in the Odessa region, in the cities of central Ukraine. The Donbas is completely destroyed,” he said.

“This is a deliberate and criminal attempt to kill as many Ukrainians as possible, to destroy as many houses, social facilities and businesses as possible.”

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Reporting by David Ljunggren and Ronald Popeski; Edited by Chris Reese and Daniel Wallis

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