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The mayor says the Ukrainian army has a "nearly left" Severodonetsk

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KYIV — The mayor of Ukraine, Severodonetsk, is a strategic front-line city after the Ukrainian army has resisted the advance of Russian troops for weeks. "Almost left."

Mayor Oleksandr Stryuk did not confirm whether a complete withdrawal was underway. On Friday, local officials said Ukraine was ready to pull its troops back there.

"Unfortunately, they have almost left the city," Stryuk said on national television.

(Report by Max Hunder, Written by Alessandra Prentice, Edited by Pravin Char)