Russia and Ukraine continue to battle it out with both countries now in a battle to secure regions.

According to military analyst Justin Crump, it seems to have boiled down to a World War One-style trench.

Crump said in a report by BBC that Russia was lucky to capture as much as a field in 24 hours. As things stand now, no one has a clear advantage in any given battle.

It was also added that Ukraine has been having a hard time trying to fend off Russia in the center of Severodonetsk. Despite this development, Russia has still been unable to take control of the city per Luhansk regional governor Serhiy Haida.

Russia has been trying to secure more regions with more troops. However, the armed forces of Severodonetsk have managed to hold the line.

“Our (forces) now again control only the outskirts of the city. But the fighting is still going on, our (forces) are defending Sievierodonetsk, it is impossible to say the Russians completely control the city,” Serhiy Haidai, governor of Luhansk, stated.

 “Do not breed betrayal. Do not spoil the mood of the armed forces! Nobody is going to surrender Sievierodonetsk!” he added, also pointing out that Ukraine’s defenders would fight for every inch.

In related news, the Kremlin claims that shipments of grain will restart in the coming days from the Russian- occupied Ukrainian port of Berdiansk after work to demine the area.

Turkish foreign affairs Sergei Lavrov has held talks with his Turkish counterpart. However, the Turkish foreign affairs minister struck a more considered note, saying more talks between Moscow and Kyiv would be required to ensure the safety of any vessels carrying exports.

“Various ideas have been put out for the export of Ukrainian grains to the market and most recently is the UN plan [including] a mechanism that can be created between the UN, Ukraine, Russia and Turkey,” Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said. “We see it as reasonable.”

Teenagers, look at a video about the history of the ongoing war in the Donbass at the Haidamatska Sich on February 19, 2022 in Skole, Ukraine. Teenagers, look at a video about the history of the ongoing war in the Donbass at the Haidamatska Sich on February 19, 2022 in Skole, Ukraine. Getty Images | Gaelle Girbes