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Ukrainians continue to give ground near Lysychansk | War in Ukraine

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By the very admission of the Ukrainian army general staff, Russian troops have over the past few hours conquered the villages of Loskutivka and Rai-Oleksandrivka, to the south-west of Lyssytchansk.

Earlier this week, Ukrainian authorities also admitted the loss of the villages of Tochkivka, Pidlisne and Myrna Dolyna, also located south of Lysychansk, on the west bank of the Donets River.

Russians multiply the offensives to encircle our troopssaid Thursday morning on Telegram Sergei Gaïdaï, governor of Luhansk, now 95% under Russian control.

According to him, the Russian forces also attacked Syrotyne, a village located south of Sievierodonestk, twin town of Lysytchansk, on the east bank of the Donets. He did not specify the outcome of this fight.

The enemy burns everything in order to surround the Ukrainian forces. The Russians advance without trying to spare their ammunition or their troops, and they don’t lack either. They have the advantage [en matière] of heavy artillery and number of troops. »

A quote from Sergei Gaïdaï, governor of Luhansk, in an interview with the Associated Press

According to the British Ministry of Defence, some military units from Ukraine have probably started to withdraw from Lysychansk to avoid being surrounded.

Russia’s improved military performance in the sector is likely the result of recent reinforcement of their units and concentration of their firehe says in his daily assessment.

Ukrainian soldiers on patrol in the industrial zone of Sievierodonetsk, June 20

Photo: Reuters/Oleksandr Ratushniak

In Sievierodonestk, Ukrainian soldiers are mainly entrenched in the underground infrastructure of the Azot chemical plant, where some 500 civilians are also hiding, according to Governor Gaïdaï.

Even the concrete shelters cannot withstand the intensified shellingcarried out with tanks, air strikes or artillery fire, he added.

Ukrainian soldiers dig trenches on Tuesday in Lysytchansk.

Photo: Getty Images / AFP/ANATOLII STEPANOV

A spokesman for the army of the self-proclaimed pro-Russian republic of Luhansk, Lieutenant Colonel Andrei Marochko, assured Thursday that Ukrainian troops in Lysychansk and Sievierodonetsk should be physically surrounded very soon and should fall back if they do not want to be killed or captured.

Their resistance makes no sense, it is futile. I think that at the rate our soldiers are going, very soon the entire territory of the Luhansk People’s Republic will be liberated. »

A quote from Andrei Marochko, army of the self-proclaimed Luhansk Republic

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According to the Ukrainian army, the Russian forces are also trying to seize areas overlooking the highway linking Bakhmut to Lysytchansk to cut the supply lines of the Ukrainian army.

A senior Ukrainian army officer, Oleksiy Gromov, however, claims that the last defenders of Lysytchansk and Sievierodonetsk can still receive weapons and evacuate the wounded.

A Ukrainian soldier on patrol in Lysychansk on Tuesday

Photo: Getty Images / AFP/ANATOLII STEPANOV

These two cities, which had around 100,000 inhabitants each before the war, are the last in the Luhansk region to escape Russian control. However, they are greatly destroyed and deserted.

They want to destroy all of Donbass, step by step. Entirely. Lyssychansk, Sloviansk, Kramatorsk… They want to turn all cities into Mariupol. »

A quote from Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov announced on Thursday that Ukraine has received US-designed HIMARS multiple rocket launchers.

These systems make it possible to launch missiles up to a distance of 80 kilometers, and kyiv hopes that they will make it possible to repel Russian forces in places.

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