After weeks of reorganization, regrouping, and resupplying under the guise of “good will,” the Russians have now launched a new push into the Donbas region in a reenergized offensive on the eastern flank. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has dubbed the advance the start of the battle of Donbas.

“It can now be stated that Russian troops have begun the battle for Donbas, for which they have been preparing for a long time. A very large part of the entire Russian army is now focused on this offensive,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a statement.

“No matter how many Russian soldiers are driven there, we will fight. We will defend ourselves. We will do it daily. We will not give up anything Ukrainian, and we do not need what’s not ours,” he added.