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Ukrainian Forces Told To Retreat From Key Eastern City

Ukrainian Forces Told To Retreat From Key Eastern City

The top official in Severodonetsk has informed Ukrainian forces to withdraw from the area. This is because the city is apparently Russia’s main focus of invasion as Moscow tries to take over most of Eastern Ukraine.

“Remaining in positions that have been relentlessly shelled for months just doesn’t make sense,” Luhansk regional governor Serhiy Haidai said.

In the past few days, Russian forces have advanced. They are nearly encircling the entire city, and its twin city Lysychansk. The Ukrainian army has apparently received orders to immediately retreat to new positions and resume operations from there.

“There is no point in staying in positions which have been destroyed over several months just for the sake of staying,” Mr Haidai said.

Mr. Haidi added that the Russians have destroyed the entire city’s infrastructure. Over 90% of houses shelled and 80% of them critically damaged.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which began in February, has focused on Severodonetsk and its twin city Lysychansk for several weeks. These two are the last positions remaining for Ukrainians in the Luhansk region, one of two regions that make up the eastern Donbas.

Vladimir Putin, the Russian President falsely claimed that Russian speakers in the Donbas have been the victims of genocide. This is one of the key justifications he uses to invade Ukraine.

On Thursday, Russian forces took control of more territory to the south of Severodonetsk and Lysychansk. This raised fears that Russians will soon encircle Ukrainian forces there.

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