Battle in Donbass: Russia tightens the noose around the contested twin cities – Politics

The situation of Ukrainian troops opposing the Russian invasion in the far east of the country is becoming increasingly precarious.

After Moscow’s army since Weeks tried unsuccessfully to completely conquer the city of Sievjerodonetsk and making little progress, Russian troops are now gone South broken by several Ukrainian defense lines.

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Sieverodonetsk and the city of Lysychansk, west of the Seversky Donets River, are the easternmost areas of the country still controlled by Ukrainian troops.

If they fall to Russia, Moscow would control the entire Luhansk region. That would be at least a partial success for Vladimir Putin, who has declared conquering the entire Donbass as one of his war goals.

Russian troops are advancing from the south

In the past few days, Lysychansk was still considered a suitable place of retreat for the Ukrainian troops from Sievjerodonetsk because the city is on a hill and is considered to be well defendable.

“In the direction of Sieverodonetsk, the enemy has captured the settlements of Loskutivka and Raj-Olexandrivka,” the Ukrainian general staff wrote on Facebook on Thursday. Syrotyne is also said to be stormed by Russian troops.

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