Russia will stop 'when there's a stake through Zelensky' says host
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Andrei Sidorchik, a Russian political analyst and regular on Russia-1, the nation’s most-watched broadcaster, branded Ukrainians as “ghouls” as he claimed the country’s President Volodymyr Zelensky wants “to turn everything into dead meat”. He said there was “no other way” to end the war in Ukraine other than killing Mr Zelensky and “driving a stake” through the “unclean” Ukrainian army.
Sidorchik said: “How far away do we need to move [Ukraine]? How far away could you move a maniac, a ghoul, who wants to turn everything into dead meat?
“On which territory will this moment take place, when this ghoul will stop being a ghoul?
“I’m telling you: We’re fighting ghouls! They mystically want to turn everything into dead meat, they announce that openly.
“We can only stop when they lose the opportunity to kill us. That’s why I’ll say it again: The unclean can be stopped only when you drive a stake through it.
“When a stake is driven through Volodymyr Zelensky, then there will be peace. There is no other way.”
As the war in Ukraine enters its 98th day, hopes of peace negotiations between the two nations are a distant possibility, having been broken off towards the end of March due to irreconcilable differences.
And while Russia have retreated from their offensives against the capital of Kyiv in the centre of Ukraine, Putin’s forces have targeted areas in the Donbas with reasonable success.
According to a regional governor in the east, Russia blew up a chemicals factory in the city of Severodonetsk yesterday causing an explosion of toxic nitric acid and a subsequent plume of pink smoke.
Residents were urged to stay inside and avoid at all costs coming into contact with the noxious substance.
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The governor of Luhansk Oblast Serhiy Gaidai said Russia “attacked the Azot factory from a plane, resulting in the release of toxic substances”.
Ukraine’s General Staff said Russian forces were pounding infrastructure across the eastern and southern regions, including the symbolically important city of Severodonetsk.
The head of the city administration added that Ukrainian forces now hold just a fifth of the eastern city after Russia launched an attack on May 27.
It is the largest city in the Luhansk region yet to be under full Russian control, and should Putin’s forces capture it, as well as the smaller twin city of Lysychansk on the higher west bank of the Seversky Donets river, they will hold all of Luhansk.
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Oleksandr Stryuk, the Ukrainian head of the city administration, said Russia controls 60 percent of Severodonetsk, with Ukraine holding around 20 percent and the rest a “no-man’s land”.
He said: “The 20 percent is being fiercely defended by our armed forces. Our troops are holding defensive lines. Attempts are being made to drive out the Russian troops.”
“We have hope that despite everything we will free the city and not allow it to be completely occupied.”
Stryuk added that 12-13,000 people remained in the city but that all essential infrastructure had been destroyed and that access to the city to deliver food or other aid was impossible.
He said: “They are living in conditions of constant shelling, and now street battles are going on too, which has heightened the danger to the civilian population.”
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