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Regional Governor: Russian forces take control of Svitlodarsk

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Russian forces have taken control of three cities in the Donetsk region, including Svitlodarsk, regional governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said on Tuesday (May 24th).

His comments were made to a local radio station affiliated with Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Russian-backed Donetsk People’s Republic reported in a post on Telegram that its forces had taken control of the city and replaced the Ukrainian flag with a Russian one, according to Reuters.

Russian forces are already in the city of Svitlodarsk, where they have replaced the Ukrainian flags with the Russian ones

Reuters reported soldiers in front of a local administrative building waving a Russian flag.

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Svitlodarsk is located about 50 miles southwest of Severodonetsk – the center of Russian attacks in recent days.

Russia is trying to seize the two separatist provinces of Donbas, Donetsk and Lugansk, and seize Ukrainian forces in a pocket on the main eastern front.

The Ukrainian military is struggling to maintain control of a key highway to the front-line city of Severodonetsk, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry says.

Ukrainians are trying to maintain control of the Severodonetsk highway, and heavy fighting is taking place in the area, according to the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, according to the BBC.

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A spokesman for the ministry, Oleksandr Motuzyanyk, said in a briefing that there are alternative routes to supply Ukrainian units in Severodonetsk, which is surrounded on three sides by Russian forces, according to epicnews.ro.

Russia’s goal is to completely encircle Ukrainian units in the city as well as in nearby Lysychansk, he added.

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