Severodonetsk: Ukrainian forces have been ordered to withdraw

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Some of the fiercest fighting since the Russian invasion of Ukraine has taken place in Sheverodonetsk.

The Ukrainian forces “They have to leave” from Severonetska city in eastern Ukraine most of which controlled by the Russianssaid today the governor of the province.

Some of the fiercest fighting since the Russian invasion of Ukraine has taken place in Severodonetsk, where street battles have been raging for a month, with Russia slowly but steadily gaining ground.

“Staying in places that have been constantly bombarded for months just to stay there does not make sense”, said the governor of Luhansk province Serhi Haidai speaking on television. He did not specify whether the Ukrainian troops would leave immediately or the timetable for their withdrawal from the Severonetsk.

He also pointed out in his Telegram account: “The Ukrainian armed forces must withdraw from Sheverodonetsk. They have received the relevant order “.

According to HaidaiSheverodonetsk “has almost been reduced to rubble” due to the constant bombing. “All basic infrastructure has been destroyed. 90% of the city has been damaged, 80% of the houses will have to be demolished”he added.

The battle for this city is crucial as Russia wants to occupy it in order to control the rest of Luhansk province. If Sheverodonetsk falls, only Lisichansk will remain in the hands of the Ukrainians.

Luhansk Oblast together with Donetsk form its valley Donbasswhich Russia and pro-Russian separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine want to occupy.

“In many ways the fate of Donbass is decided there”had recently stated Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky referring to Sheverodonetsk.

Source: ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ

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