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Defence analyst Michael Clarke has detailed the “tough call” dealing with Ukrainian commanders in the Donbas area amid fierce preventing over the strategic city of Severodonetsk. The Ukrainian military has been resisting makes an attempt by Russia to encircle the jap city however Mr Clarke believes now with key bridges taken out Ukraine’s garrison faces a tough selection over whether or not to drag again or threat changing into trapped. 

Professor Clarke advised Sky News: “The Russians look as if they’re having another go at taking Mykolaiv, they failed over a month ago and they’re moving towards the coast as if they want to move up the river to the south and actually attack Mykolaiv from the south.

“But the Ukrainians are build up their forces there as effectively, we predict a fairly large battle is about to start out the second battle of Mykolaiv.

“But it hasn’t begun yet, when it does, we will undoubtedly know about it.

“Meanwhile, Severodonetsk is now the centre of every thing that is occurring in the Donbas, the Russians started to push on two or three fronts final week.

“They didn’t make very much progress, but the one that really matters to them, where they’ve really constrained the forces in Severodonetsk and yet, that’s the city that is the controlling city for Luhansk, which is the smaller of the two regions that make up the Donbas.

“There’s a ferocious artillery battle occurring in Severodonetsk at the second and the battle is outlined by the river, the Seversky Donets River, which runs actually to the west of Severodonetsk.

“That’s a really important feature, and the Russians have tried to cross the river before further in the north to surround the city that was a complete failure, but they look as if they are now beginning to effectively cross the river. 

“Quite a lot of Ukrainian forces appear to have pulled again to Komyshuvakha and there are experiences that the Russians are pushing them that far south.

“But equally there are other reports that Ukrainians are moving armour up from Komyshuvakha, towards Severodonetsk as if they’re trying to plug some gaps.

“But the key problem listed below are the bridges over the Donets river, there are 4 bridges, one in every of them has been down for a couple of years, however there are three others.

“There’s a northern bridge and a southern Bridge, which the Russians have got covered, and not easy for the Ukrainians to use, and then there’s the central bridge at Pavlohrad. 

“That is the bridge the Russians destroyed a few days in the past and the lack of the Pavlohrad Bridge, which is the principle entry route for the Ukrainians into Severodonetsk is an actual downside for the Ukrainians.

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“Because they can’t get supplies in and they will have to decide now whether to try to withdraw while they can still get away or allow themselves to be surrounded with a danger that of course, it becomes another Mariupol.

‘That’s a tough call for any commander.

“Whether to remain and combat in the hope {that a} counterattack will launch the stress and get by way of to you in a couple of weeks’ time.

“Or whether to withdraw now without most of your equipment because the bridges are down. That’s a tough one.”

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