Serhiy Haidai, head of the Luhansk region’s military administration, says Russian troops control 70 percent of Severodonetsk’s area after the Ukrainian army withdrew to defensive positions in the west. .
The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense also announced that fighting is continuing, but that enemy troops (Russians) and their allies (separatists in the region) are advancing: “The enemy has reached the center of the city and is trying to establish positions. The situation is very difficult. I don’t want to estimate any percentage for the territory we don’t control. We know the objectives of the enemy and we do our best to prevent them “, according to a spokesperson quoted by CNN, according to biziday.ro.
Russian troops want to occupy Severodonetsk to gain control of the entire Luhansk region
The Russians seek to occupy Severodonetsk, to take control of the entire Luhansk region, which together with Donetsk make up the Donbask. The withdrawal of the Ukrainians comes at a time when the President of the United States has announced the delivery of GPS-guided artillery pieces, with a longer range than the equivalent used by the Russians, which the BBC doubts can turn the situation around Severodonetsk.
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.
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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