The battle for Severodonetsk is becoming a focal point in the war as Russia seeks to capture one of the last major cities in a key eastern province still in Ukrainian control after its seizure of southeastern port city Mariupol. The head of the Luhansk region said Russian troops are bombarding Severodonetsk constantly, using “scorched earth” tactics. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that fighting in eastern Ukraine is becoming increasingly bloody, with up to 100 Ukrainian soldiers killed each day.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is likely to dominate the agenda this week at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, with Zelensky due to virtually address the gathering Monday. Ukrainian artists have turned a venue in the Swiss resort town that usually showcases Russian business leaders — formerly known as “Russia House” — into an exhibition of possible Russian war crimes. Russia has denied committing war crimes during its invasion of Ukraine. Its representatives were not invited to this year’s gathering.
The first war crimes trial to be conducted since the Feb. 24 invasion reconvenes Monday in Kyiv. The judge is likely to hand down a verdict after Sgt. Vadim Shishimarin, a 21-year-old Russian tank commander, last week pleaded guilty to killing an unarmed civilian in late February. The state prosecutor has asked for Shishimarin to be sentenced to life in prison.