Ukrainian forces ordered to withdraw from Severodonetsk

The conquest of Severodonetsk is a crucial step in the Russian plan to conquer the industrial basin of Donbass, already partly held by pro-Russian separatists since 2014.

“The Ukrainian armed forces will have to withdraw from Severodonetsk. They have received the order”, declared on Telegram Serguiï Gaïdaï, the governor of Lugansk, where this strategic locality is located.

A city almost completely destroyed

“It no longer makes sense to stay in positions that have been constantly bombarded for months,” he added. The city was “almost reduced to rubble” by the continuous shelling, he said.

“All essential infrastructure has been destroyed. 90% of the city is damaged, 80% of the houses could be destroyed,” he said.

Serguiï Gaïdaï also indicated that the town of Mykolaivka, 25 km south-west of Lyssytchansk, was “lost” and now in the hands of the Russian army.

“The occupiers are (also) trying to conquer Guirské”, a small neighboring town of 10,000 inhabitants before the war, he added on Telegram.

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