At least 10 people have been killed in Russian bombings in the eastern Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk, which is almost surrounded by Moscow forces, the region’s governor, Serhii Gaidai, told AFP on Monday.
“At least 10 people were killed. At present, it is extremely difficult to verify the situation on the ground due to the new bombings “, Serhii Gaidai declared on Telegram, urging the inhabitants who did not flee to stay in the shelter.
In a previous message, the governor had warned about artillery strikes on Severodonetsk and his very close twin city, Lisiciansk, which caused fires in residential neighborhoods, according to agerpres.ro.
“Severodonetsk suffered heavy blows,” he added, accompanying his message with photos of the damage.
Ten people have been killed in Severodonetsk, and the city is completely surrounded by Russian forces
The governor of the neighboring Donetsk region, Pavlo Kirilenko, also announced that nine civilians were killed on Monday and 16 wounded in his region.
Severodonetsk Mayor Oleksandr Striuk announced on May 6 that the town was “almost completely surrounded” by Russian forces and pro-Russian separatists in Donbas, who were trying to take full control of the region.
According to the mayor, 15,000 of the city’s 100,000 pre-war population refused to leave.
Severodonetsk, one of the few major Ukrainian-controlled cities in the Donbas, as well as Lysiciansk, is located almost 80 kilometers east of Kramatorsk, which has become the administrative center of the Ukrainian Donbas since pro-Russian separatist forces took control of the eastern part of this large coal basin in 2014.
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