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Severodonetsk under assault as Kremlin forces continue to target Ukraine’s east

A wounded civilian gets out of a military ambulance at a hospital in eastern Ukraine on Sunday. (Heidi Levine for The Washington Post)
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Russian troops have destroyed all of the “critical infrastructure” and damaged most of the buildings in the eastern city of Severodonetsk, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Sunday.

The onslaught continued, with Moscow’s forces advancing in the industrial hub, Ukraine’s military said. The Washington-based Institute for the Study of War estimates that Russia controls more than 95 percent of the broader region of Luhansk as Kremlin-backed troops focus on eastern Ukraine three months into their struggling invasion.

Elsewhere in the eastern Donbas region, in the Donetsk oblast, The Washington Post spoke with soldiers who described their situation as dire and demoralizing. “Seventy people from my battalion were injured in the last week,” said a soldier and ambulance driver outside hospital gates who identified himself only as Vlad, 29. “I lost too many friends; it’s hard for me. I don’t know how many. … It’s getting worse every day.”

Here’s what else to know

  • Zelensky met with troops in the northeastern Kharkiv region on Sunday and said he fired the local head of Ukraine’s security and intelligence agency for putting personal interests above Ukraine’s defense.
  • Poland’s president said his nation is boosting its defenses so Russia — its neighbor — “will be afraid to attack us.”
  • The European Union did not strike a deal on a plan to phase out Russian oil ahead of a special European Council summit in Brussels scheduled for Monday night.
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