Battle for Donbas began on Monday, according to Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Russia has launched a full-scale ground offensive to take control of Ukraine’s east, according to authorities in Kyiv, with explosions reported all along the front lines and one local official describing the situation as “hell” amid “constant fighting.

The Battle for Donbas began on Monday, according to Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, with a “very large part of the entire Russian army now focused on this offensive.

The Donbas is Ukraine’s primarily Russian-speaking industrial heartland in the east, where Moscow-backed separatists have been fighting Ukrainian forces for the past eight years.

Pro-Russian leaders there have declared two independent republics, which Russia recognized before launching its invasion of Ukraine on February 24.

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