LYSYCHANSK: After the Russians seized the vital eastern city in the separatist Luhansk area, Kiev’s military declared that Ukrainian forces had departed their positions.
Late Sunday night, the General Staff said on social media that the “hard combat for Lysychansk” had forced the Ukrainian armed forces to withdraw from their held positions and lines.
Given the tremendous advantages of the Russian occupying soldiers in terms of artillery, planes, multiple rocket launchers, ammunition, and personnel, the consequences of continuing the defence of the city would have been terrible. To safeguard the lives of Ukrainian defenders, the decision to depart was made. Severodonetsk was taken by Russian soldiers on June 25, and a week later Lysychansk also surrendered.
Russian control over the neighbouring Donetsk region and the two rebel-backed areas that make up the industrial Donbas has increased significantly with the seizure of these two cities.
According to Ukrayinska Pravda, President Volodymyr Zelenksy emphasised that Ukrainian forces would return to Lysychansk “thanks to our techniques, according to the rising supply of modern weapons” in his video message to the nation on Sunday night. He declared, “Ukraine is making no concessions.”