Las tropas rusas han estado bombardeando implacablemente la ciudad., que es el centro administrativo de la región de Lugansk, y los ucranianos se retiran para evitar el cerco.
Russia controls alrededor 95% of the Luhansk province and around 50% of the neighboring Donetsk province. Both are in the disputed Donbas region.
Haidai said the defenders will continue fighting from new positions after they retreat.
The Ukrainians had fought Russians on the streets of the city before holing up in a chemical factory.
In Mariupol, the last remaining Ukrainian fighters before the city was taken by Russia had hidden inside a steel plant before being removed and taken away as prisoners of war in May.
Russian troops have made gains in Sievierodonetsk and neighboring Lysychansk as it wears down Ukraine’s resistance.
“We will have to pull back our guys,” Haidai said. “It makes no sense to stay at the destroyed positions, because the number of casualties in poorly fortified areas will grow every day.”
Russia’s defense ministry claimed Friday it had “fully blocked” four Ukrainian battalions and a foreign mercenary unit – around 2,000 soldados – south of Lysychansk.
Haidai said the Russians were also advancing toward Lysychansk from Zolote and Toshkivka, adding that Russian reconnaissance units conducted forays on the city edges but were driven out by its defenders.
Russia invaded Ukraine in what it called a “operación militar especial” four months ago on Feb. 24 and has more recently shifted its focus to the Donbas region following its failure to capture the country’s capital, El candidato republicano al Congreso con vínculos de décadas con Ucrania dice que Biden es demasiado débil para cortar a Rusia "de rodillas".
NOSOTROS. and allied leaders have made visits to Kyiv to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in a show of support – the leaders of France, Italia, Germany and Poland visited last week – and the U.S. and its allies continue to support the country with military aid.
Los Estados Unidos. most recently sent medium-range American rocket launchers to Ukraine.
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