Intense Fighting Rages as Russia Advances on Ukrainian City of Severodonetsk

Intense fighting continues on the streets of Severodonetsk as Russian forces clashed with Ukrainian forces in an attempt to seize the strategic city in Ukraine.

“Unfortunately we have disappointing news, the enemy is moving into the city,” Luhansk Governor Serhiy Haidai told national television. “The fighting continues, the situation is very difficult.”

Taking over Severodonetsk is key to capturing the entire Luhansk region, which is Moscow’s key objective. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has called the Donetsk and Luhansk regions Russia’s “absolute priority.”

Severodonetsk Mayor Oleksandr Striuk told media outlets that Russian troops have advanced significantly into the city. “We have no power and no communications. The city has been completely ruined,” Striuk said.

“The number of victims is rising every hour, but we are unable to count the dead and the wounded amid the street fighting,” Striuk said. About 1,500 of the city’s residents were killed since the war started, the mayor said.

The city is being shelled 24 hours a day and that Russian forces were using mortar rounds, artillery and aerial bombing.

About 15,000 civilians remain in the city, hiding in shelters to avoid bombardments.

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