War in Ukraine: 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.

Ukrainian forces have been ordered to withdraw from the eastern city of Severodonetsk, the scene of bitter fighting with the Russian army, the regional governor announced on Friday.

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.

“Ukrainian armed forces are going to have to withdraw from Severodonetsk. They have been ordered to do so,” said on Telegram Serguiï Gaïdaïthe governor of Lugansk, where this strategic locality is located.

The city already “largely” under Russian control

“It no longer makes sense to stay in positions that have been constantly shelled for months,” he added.

The city was “almost reduced to ruins” by the continuous bombardments, he said.

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

Sergei Gaïdaï already affirmed on Telegram at the beginning of June that the forces of Moscow “control a large part of Severodonetsk. The industrial zone is still ours, there are no Russians there. inside the city”. For its part, the twin town of Lyssytchank is also experiencing enormous destruction.

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