Russia Strikes Ukrainian Positions, Residential Areas in Donbas

  • Russian forces press offensive as fight for Severodonetsk intensifies.
  • Blasts hit southern Ukrainian port city of Odessa.
  • President Biden says EU membership for Ukraine ‘very likely’ to happen.

MYKOLAYIV, Ukraine—Russian forces launched airstrikes and artillery attacks as they pressed their offensive in eastern Ukraine and the fight for control of the key city of Severodonetsk intensified, while the southern port city of Odessa was rocked by explosions.

The uptick in fighting in the east comes a day after Ukrainian forces targeted Russian positions, including weapons depots and military bases, in a bid to slow Moscow’s offensive while waiting for more Western arms to be deployed to the battlefield.