Russia Pushes to Seize Chemical Plant in Severodonetsk as Ukraine Detains Suspected Spies – The Wall Street Journal

  • Russia ramps up offensive to take strategic chemical plant in Severodonetsk.
  • Ukraine detains government officials suspected of spying for Russia.
  • Auction of Russian’s Nobel Peace Prize garners $103.5 million for Ukrainian child refugees.
  • Ukrainian strike on Chernomorneftegaz drilling platforms expected to cost billions in damage and lost revenue.

KYIV, Ukraine—Russia intensified its major offensive to take a chemical plant that serves as the last bastion for Ukrainian forces in Severodonetsk on Tuesday, as Ukraine vowed to continue its defense of the strategic eastern city and said it was rooting out suspected spies in state structures.

Serhiy Haidai, the Ukrainian governor of the Luhansk region, said all regional towns that aren’t under Russia’s control are being shelled by its forces as Moscow mounts relentless artillery barrages in an attempt to complete its capture of Donbas.