Russian troops are advancing: in Luhansk, Ukrainians are threatened with encirclement

Russian troops are advancing
In Luhansk, Ukrainians are threatened with encirclement

The capture of Luhansk is one of Russia’s main goals. Next to Sievjerodonetsk, Lysychansk is the last major city under Ukrainian control. According to their own statements, the Ukrainian troops only have four kilometers left to withdraw. The Separatists are already reporting the encirclement.

In the eastern Ukrainian region of Luhansk, south of the strategically important city of Lyssychansk, Ukrainian troops are threatened with encirclement by Russian units. The Ukrainian General Staff said the enemy had captured the settlements of Loskutivka and Raj-Olexandrivka Facebook With. This means that the Ukrainian units around the miners’ settlement only have a maximum of four kilometers wide to retreat. According to British intelligence, some Ukrainian troops withdrew.

According to the representative of the Luhansk separatists in Moscow, Rodion Miroshnik, Russian troops have already cut the last connecting road from Lysychansk to the west. According to his estimates, at least 5,000 Ukrainian soldiers are surrounded. The information cannot be independently verified.

Heavy fighting is also raging south of Sievjerodonetsk, which has largely been conquered by the Russians. Sievjerodonetsk and Lysychansk are the last major cities in the Luhansk region still under Ukrainian control. The conquest of Luhansk – as well as that of the Donetsk region – is one of Russia’s main goals in the war against the neighboring country that began four months ago.

The Russian advances are likely a result of recent reinforcements and a heavy concentration of shelling, the Ministry of Defense tweeted in London. Despite strong pressure exerted by Russian troops on the Lysychansk-Syeverodonetsk pocket, efforts to achieve a deeper encirclement of the western Donetsk region remained deadlocked.

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