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‘Every metre is covered in our blood’: Ukrainian general reveals horror of Severodonetsk

‘Every meter is covered in our blood’: Ukrainian general reveals disgust at Severodonetsk, the city a Briton died defending

  • The city of Severodonetsk is ‘covered in blood’ according to Ukrainian general
  • A former British soldier lost his life defending the disputed city
  • The city has been under heavy attack for weeks while Putin . trying to conquer
  • It is believed that Russian troops now control 70-80% of the disputed city

Every meter of the disputed city of Severodonetsk, where a former British soldier lost his life, is “covered in blood,” a Ukrainian general said yesterday.

Supreme Commander of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Valeriy Zaluzhny’s comments came as his troops were forced back from the center of the important eastern industrial city.

Pictured: Remains of cars sit alongside during a fierce battle on the front line.  Severodonetsk has been under heavy attack for weeks as every meter of the city is 'covered in blood', says Ukrainian general

Pictured: Remains of cars sit alongside during a fierce battle on the front line. Severodonetsk has been under heavy attack for weeks as every meter of the city is ‘covered in blood’, says Ukrainian general

Severodonetsk has been under heavy attack for weeks as Vladimir Putin’s forces attempt to take the city in their quest to conquer all of Donbas.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said his troops were fighting for “every meter”.

He added that Russia is deploying undertrained troops and using its young men as “cannon fodder.”

Mr Zelensky said: ‘The human cost of this battle is very high for us.

“It’s just terrifying… The Battle of the Donbas will undoubtedly be remembered in military history as one of the most violent battles in Europe.”

Smoke rises from the city of Severodonetsk in Ukraine's eastern Donbas region on June 13, 2022, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.  President Volodymyr Zelensky said his troops were fighting for 'every meter'

Smoke rises from the city of Severodonetsk in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region on June 13, 2022, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. President Volodymyr Zelensky said his troops were fighting for ‘every meter’

A Ukrainian soldier squats in a position during heavy fighting on the front line.  It is believed that Russian forces now control 80% of the city, but have not yet captured or surrounded it

A Ukrainian soldier squats in a position during heavy fighting on the front line. It is believed that Russian forces now control 80% of the city, but have not yet captured or surrounded it

Eduard Basurin, a pro-Russian separatist, said Severodonetsk had been deposed “de facto” after Russian forces blew up the “last” bridge to Lysychansk.

“The Ukrainian units that are there, they will be there forever. They have two options: surrender or die,” he claimed.

Jordan Gatley, a British soldier who left the army to fight in Ukraine, died defending the city. The 24-year-old was a gunman in Edinburgh but left in March to “continue his career as a soldier in other areas,” his father Dean said.

Regional Governor Sergiy Gaiday said Russian forces now control 70 to 80 percent of Severodonetsk, but have not taken or surrounded it.

‘They have destroyed all the bridges and it is no longer possible to enter the city. Evacuation is also not possible,” he told Radio Free Europe. Mr Gaiday said earlier that the Azot chemical plant, where hundreds of civilians have taken refuge, was heavily shelled.

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