乌克兰军队从东部城市西维尔顿涅茨克撤退以避免被俄罗斯人包围

俄罗斯军队一直在无情地轰炸这座城市, 这是卢甘斯克地区的行政中心, 乌克兰人正在撤退以避免被包围.

Russia controls 周围 95% of the Luhansk province and around 50% of the neighboring Donetsk province. Both are in the disputed Donbas region.

Commander of an artillery unit of the Ukrainian army, Mykhailo Strebizh walks into a destroyed house due to shelling in a village near the frontline in the Donetsk oblast region, 乌克兰东部, 星期四, 六月 2, 2022.

Commander of an artillery unit of the Ukrainian army, Mykhailo Strebizh walks into a destroyed house due to shelling in a village near the frontline in the Donetsk oblast region, 乌克兰东部, 星期四, 六月 2, 2022. (美联社照片/伯纳特·阿曼格, 文件)

Haidai said the defenders will continue fighting from new positions after they retreat.

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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 soldiers guard an area at a captured Ukrainian checkpoint with well-fortified trenches near Schastia town, on the territory which is under the Government of the Luhansk People's Republic control, 乌克兰东部, 星期六, 六月 11, 2022. This photo was taken during a trip organized by the Russian Ministry of Defense.

Russian soldiers guard an area at a captured Ukrainian checkpoint with well-fortified trenches near Schastia town, on the territory which is under the Government of the Luhansk People’s Republic control, 乌克兰东部, 星期六, 六月 11, 2022. This photo was taken during a trip organized by the Russian Ministry of Defense. (美联社)

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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 hadfully blockedfour Ukrainian battalions and a foreign mercenary unit – around 2,000 士兵 – south of Lysychansk.

A woman gestures near an apartment building damaged during shelling in Donetsk, in territory under the government of the Donetsk People's Republic, 乌克兰东部, 星期三, 六月 22, 2022.

A woman gestures near an apartment building damaged during shelling in Donetsk, in territory under the government of the Donetsk People’s Republic, 乌克兰东部, 星期三, 六月 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Alexei Alexandrov)

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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 “特别军事行动” 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, 普京入侵乌克兰.

我们. and allied leaders have made visits to Kyiv to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in a show of support – the leaders of France, 意大利, Germany and Poland visited last week – and the U.S. and its allies continue to support the country with military aid.

美国. most recently sent medium-range American rocket launchers to Ukraine.

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