Ukrainian soldiers have lost most of the eastern city of Severodonetsk, but the head of the local administration expressed optimism that they could prevent Russia from gaining complete control.
Oleksandr Stryuk, the Ukrainian head of the city administration said on their official Telegram account, that 80% of their regional center, including the eastern quarters of the city, was already occupied as street fights continue.
“On some streets, our defenders are successful, test counterattacks have been carried out, and six racists have been captured. We are waiting for information that can help us repel orcs outside the city. They will fight for Severodonetsk to the end,” Stryuk said in an update they released on June 1.
However, despite the efforts from Russian troops, Stryuk said the “city’s defense is strong” with the location of their city on a hill giving them “many opportunities.
In the last 24 hours, thirteen hostile attacks have been repelled, with two tanks, six artillery systems, eight armored combat vehicles, and four enemy vehicles destroyed.
There were also seven Orlan-10 UAVs that were shot down by air defense groups.
According to Serhiy Haidai, the director of the Luhansk Regional Military Administration, in a report by Ukrinform, the Russian invaders now have only one goal: to entirely occupy Sievierodonetsk as the region’s administrative hub.
“But during the night that passed, they had no success in Sievierodonetsk, although they reported that they had occupied and now controlled the entire town. Unfortunately, they really control most of the town, but they do not control the whole town. The fighting continues,” Haidai said.
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