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Ukraine’s president has made an impassioned plea to Western allies to speed arms deliveries and help stem “terrifying” casualties as Russian forces lay siege to the eastern city of Severodonetsk, destroying the last bridges into the industrial hub.The cities of Severodonetsk and Lysychansk have been targeted for weeks as the last areas in the eastern Donbas region of Lugansk still under Ukrainian control.Follow FRANCE 24’s liveblog for the latest updates. All times Paris time (GMT+2).

President Volodymyr Zelensky said Monday the human cost of the battle for the region was “simply terrifying”. 

Zelensky expressed confidence in Ukraine’s ability to reclaim territory, calling on the nation’s allies to send more weapons.

“We just need enough weapons to ensure all of this. Our partners have them.”

Presidential advisor Mikhaylo Podolyak on Monday listed items he said the Ukrainian army requires, including hundreds of howitzers, tanks and armoured vehicles.

“Being straightforward — to end the war we need heavy weapons,” he tweeted.

 

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Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy awards a soldier as he visits a position of Ukrainian service members, while Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, in Lysychansk, Luhansk region, © Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout

 

11:10pm: Russian forces cut off last bridge to Severodonetsk

Russian forces cut off the last routes for evacuating citizens from the eastern Ukrainian city of Sievierodonetsk, a Ukrainian official said, as the Kremlin pushed for victory in the Donbas region.

The last bridge to the city was destroyed, trapping any remaining civilians and making it impossible to deliver humanitarian supplies, said regional governor Sergei Gaidai, adding that some 70% of the city was under Russian control.

(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS and AFP)

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