SIEVIERODONETSK, Ukraine — The japanese Ukrainian city of Sievierodonetsk was flanked on three sides by Russian forces and panic was within the air.
“Please God let him reside,” one girl wailed as she climbed down from an ambulance bearing her husband, her fingers coated in blood. “You can’t think about what an individual he’s. He’s a golden individual.”
Police medics drew the lady, who gave her identify as Olha, inside their first support publish as she appealed for assist for her husband who lay within the ambulance.
However the stretcher bearers have been already standing down. Her husband, Serhii, had died, the most recent sufferer of the relentless barrage of artillery and gunfire Russian forces have rained down on town, one of many final main Ukrainian strongholds within the area.
Russia is attempting to encircle and lay siege to town, a mining and industrial city that’s vital to controlling the Donbas area — a serious goal.
When a New York Occasions reporting crew visited Sievierodonetsk on Tuesday, we drove by means of small villages and fields to keep away from Russian shelling and sped throughout the one lane bridge that’s the solely remaining route in.
Particles from the bombardment might be seen on virtually each avenue. The fins of rockets caught out of craters within the asphalt. A damaged electrical energy pylon and cables have been draped throughout the streets, and burned-out vehicles, shredded by shrapnel, lay deserted wherever a blast had thrown them — some on sidewalks or overturned. A truck hung precariously off the facet of the bridge.
Advancing Russian forces have destroyed the primary bridge into city and repeatedly focused a second. They’ve additionally come near chopping off the primary freeway into the city from the south, and fireplace on automobiles utilizing the highway, making journey perilous. A number of mortar shells hit near the primary bridge on Tuesday.