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The last major city of the Luhansk region under pressure: "Lysychansk is completely surrounded" |  Abroad

Kyiv confirms the entry of Russian forces into Lysychank | Abroad

Russian forces entered the strategically located city of Lysichank. This was reported by the Ukrainian General Staff. “In the Donetsk region, the occupiers are focused on strengthening their positions in the cities of Lysychank and Vernikamyanka,” she said on Sunday. Ukraine previously insisted that the last major city in the eastern region of Luhansk had not yet been captured.

As Sergei Gaidi, Governor of Luhansk, reported via Telegram that the Russians are advancing and “gaining a foothold in the Lysychank region”. It is not clear if there are Ukrainian soldiers in the city.

The pro-Russian separatists already said on Saturday that they had completely surrounded Lysychank, but Kyiv denied those reports. Lysychank was the last major Ukrainian-controlled city of Luhansk after the fall of Severodonetsk.

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Russian media shows pictures of separatists or Russian troops roaming the streets of Lysichansk. Also, Russian sources circulated a video clip via Twitter showing a Russian flag allegedly placed on the ruins of the city’s administrative center. This information cannot be independently verified.

If the separatists managed to capture the city, the Russians could advance further into the Donbass region. Because the Russians failed to capture the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, the attack is now primarily aimed at this region. Russia recently captured the neighboring city of Sheferodonetsk, Lysichansk. Fierce street fighting erupted weeks ago.

According to the General Staff, Russia is also advancing towards Kharkiv and Slovyansk, but the Ukrainian soldiers repelled the attacks on the two cities.

Fighting also continues towards Bakhmut, an important traffic junction in the Donetsk region. Ukraine says the Russians are also trying to storm Spartak, a suburb of Donetsk.

In southern Ukraine, fierce air strikes took place on Ivanivka, in the Kherson region, which was recaptured by Ukrainian forces on Saturday. Mykolaiv was also bombarded with missiles. Ukrainian reports of the attacks could not be independently verified.

Still in the south, the Mayor of Melitopol, Ivan Fyodorov, reported that one of the four Ukrainian military bases was hit by 30 missiles. Military equipment and a number of fuel depots were hit, causing explosions to be heard for hours. It was said that a Russian train derailed in the city, which was supposed to provide supplies to the Russians. The entrances and exits to the city are blocked, Fyodorov says.