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Fighting Reaches ‘Outskirts’ of Key East Ukraine City Severodonetsk

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Fighting between Russian and Ukrainian forces has reached the limits of the key eastern Ukraine city of Severodonetsk, the regional governor said Wednesday, describing the combat as “very difficult”. Online News

“Russian troops have advanced far enough that they can already fire mortars” on the city, Lugansk governor Sergiy Gaiday said in a statement on social media, adding that “yesterday there was already fighting on the outskirts”.

Moscow’s army has plotted a slow but steady course deeper into Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region since withdrawing forces from central and northern regions to consolidate military efforts in the east.

Severodonetsk, with a pre-war population of around 100,000 people, has been under relentless Russian shelling for weeks, and is a among key urban hubs in the industrial Donbas region on Russia’s list of military goals.

Sievierodonetsk, Ukraine – March 23, 2022 – A woman carries a kettle and a pot with hot water boiled over a bonfire in the yard of an apartment building cut off gas supply due to the shelling of Russian invaders, Sievierodonetsk, Luhansk Region, eastern Ukraine. Photo by Albert Koshelev/Ukrinform/Abaca/Sipa USA(Sipa via AP Images)

“The coming week will be decisive,” Gaiday said, adding that he believed Russia’s goal was to “capture the Lugansk region no matter what cost”.

In a video later Wednesday, he said Russia now controlled “around 95 percent” of the Lugansk region.

“There is a colossal amount of shelling,” he added.

But the Ukrainian authorities were still able to deliver humanitarian aid and organise evacuations from Severodonetsk, he said.

A representative of Moscow-backed separatist fighters, who have controlled regions of Lugansk since 2014, said that Severodonetsk was “operationally surrounded” by rebel troops and Russian forces.

“It’s only possible to exit from Severodonetsk via one bridge, which is also under the control of our firepower,” the separatist official told Russia’s Interfax news agency.


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Notes from APS Radio News

According to ANS, in recent days, Russian forces have been trying to encircle the city of Sievierodonetsk.

The news service reported that, thus far, forces have besieged the city on three sides.

Sievierodontesk, which is in the Donbas region, has an economy based, in part, on mining and industrial entities.

Reports indicate that police are still maintaining a force in the city; police have been helping people to evacuate the city.

Before the war, Sievierodonetsk had a population of 100,000; since the start of the invasion in February, thousands have fled the city.

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