Screaming overhead and flying low to prevent detection, we see Ukrainian jets going to the frontline battle in Severodonetsk.
The last few days it feels like there has been a change of atmosphere here in the Donbas – a sense of urgency, a feeling that the Russians have momentum.
Driving through towns and villages here in the east, you can not help but notice a constant stream of agricultural machinery being moved back from areas most at risk of falling.
Ukraine’s crucially important agricultural industry can not afford to lose this valuable equipment; or stolen or destroyed in this battle of artillery.
The continuing outcry by all Ukrainian officials, from the President onwards, that Ukraine will push Russia out of the country is admirable and to be expected.
But the reality on the ground is that the West has not sent enough of the heavy artillery and equipment that Ukraine needs. What they have is being used at a surprising rate and they are losing a lot of men every day.
This is what Russia has recalculated after its first bungled strategy.
With its large supplies and no game-changer ammunition to confront, they can simply dislodge Ukrainian resistance. It’s a trusted strategy, Russia has used it before, and it works.
Russia has already claimed control of 97% of the Luhansk region.
Its sights will be on the Donetsk region next door, and the key cities and towns of Bakhmut, Slovyansk and Kramatorsk.
The governor of Donetsk, working from the current regional capital Kramatorsk after the city of Donetsk was occupied by Russian-backed separatists in 2014, told me in no uncertain terms that what was promised by the west was critical to land holding.
“I do not just think, I know how many weapons Ukraine needs, the specific list of weapons provided for heavy artillery, armored combat vehicles, aviation, anti-aircraft systems, anti-tank systems, and how fast they can be delivered, the affect quality of defense, “he told me.
I asked him what would happen if this help did not come.
“It simply means that we will stand up for our country for as long as necessary and we will not give up an inch of our territory,” he replied stoically.
“And no matter what the future holds, we will protect our country.”
In fact, the governor simply said that the fight will continue with or without assistance.
And without a chance of a negotiated ceasefire, the outcome would probably be really bad.
These are difficult and critical times for Ukraine at the moment.
Ukraine war: There is a change of atmosphere in Donbas – a feeling that Russia has momentum | World news
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