With the concentration ofduring the past few days on the Lyschansk-Severodonetsk axis in order to increase pressure on the Ukrainian forces in the eastern Donbass region, the Russians made new progress.
Today Thursday, Serhiy Gaidai, governor of the Lugansk region, announced that Russian forces had captured the villages of Loskotivka and Ray Oleksandrivka, to the south of the cities of Lyschansk and Severodonetsk, on which the Russian offensive is focused in the region. Continuous defense of Severodonetsk
However, he stressed that the Ukrainian forces continue to defend Severodonetsk and the nearby town of Zolote, according to what Reuters reported.
in turn. Oleksiy Aristovich, adviser to the Ukrainian President warned of the intensity of the battles in that region. “The fight for control of the cities of Severodonetsk and Lesichansk in Lugansk is heading to a frightening climax,” he stressed.
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Kyiv had previously warned that Moscow would intensify its strikes and operations in Donbass this week, especially with the European Union discussing the issue of granting it the status of an official candidate to join the union. The strikes and bombardments on the cities of Lyschansk and Severodonetsk, which turned into a kind of rubble, in a scenario reminiscent of what the southeastern city of Mariupol suffered previously. On Ukrainian territory, it seeks to control the entire Donbass Basin, after separatists took control of some of its parts in 2014, with the aim of opening a land corridor linking the east to the Crimea, which it annexed to its territory in the same year.