Ukrainian troops patrol Donetsk frontline trenches

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''A negotiated settlement can only happen on Ukrainian terms and at present if it happened it would be horror,” he said, adding that such a move could end President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s career.

Video filmed by Reuters also showed damage to buildings in the town of Bakhmut. Russia had said it used missile strikes to destroy Ukrainian command posts in Bakhmut and Soledar. Both towns are on an important road running southwest from Lysychansk and Sievierodonetsk.

During Sunday’s televised address to the nation, Zelenskiy said all the infrastructure in Sievierodonetsk had been destroyed.

The "liberation" of the Donbas, which includes the Luhansk and Donetsk regions, is an "unconditional priority" for Russia, RIA news agency quoted Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying on Sunday.

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