A large Russian offensive in the Donbas region had been expected for weeks.
Now, presidents Zelensky says it has begun.
We can now state that Russian troops have begun the battle for the Donbas, for which they've been preparing for a long time.
A significant part of the entire Russian army is now concentrated on this offensive.
No matter how many Russian troops are brought there, we will fight.
In recent weeks, the Kremlin declared it would focus its war efforts on capturing the Donbas.
The eastern region is mostly Russian-speaking.
Moscow-backed separatists have been fighting Ukrainian forces there for the past 8 years.
The governor of Luhansk in the Donbas said the situation was "hell", with "constant" fighting in some areas.
In recent days, Russian forces have also continued their push to capture the besieged port city of Mariupol, in the south of Donbas.
Moscow is also stepped up its air attacks on Lviv in the west and other targets across the country.