- Ukrainian forces have been ordered to withdraw from Severodonetsk, a small however symbolically vital victory for Russia within the battle for management of Donbas.
- Fierce preventing within the metropolis destroyed 80% of its buildings and all of its very important infrastructure, the top of the regional administration mentioned.
- Russian forces have made advances close to Lysychansk, one other key metropolis within the area, in latest days.
Ukraine ordered its troops to withdraw from their remaining foothold within the metropolis of Severodonetsk to keep away from encirclement, the regional governor mentioned, ending a battle that lasted nearly two months and giving Russia a small however symbolically vital victory within the grinding battle for management of jap Ukraine’s Donbas space.
Laborious to defend and separated from the remainder of Ukrainian-held territory by a river, Severodonetsk, a city of just over 100,000 people earlier than the battle, had restricted strategic worth by itself. It holds, nevertheless, political significance for either side due to its standing as the executive heart of Ukrainian-controlled components of Luhansk, one of many two regions that make up Donbas.