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Russians assault cities in eastern Ukraine

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Associated Press

Maria Grazia Murru

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) —Russian troops occupy the city of Lysychansik and its surroundings in a full attempt to occupy the last fortress. I'm attacking. The governor said Saturday about the impact of resistance in Luhansk Oblast, eastern Ukraine.

Ukrainian fighters have spent weeks defending the city and preventing it from falling into Russia, as neighboring Sieviero Donetsk did a week ago. The Russian Defense Ministry recently said the military controls an oil refinery on the edge of Lysychans'k, but Governor Luhansk Oblast reported on Friday that the fight for the facility was ongoing.

"Today, the occupiers fired from all types of weapons available," Haidai said in a Telegram messaging app on Saturday.

Donetsk, adjacent to Luhansk, is the two provinces that make up the Donbas region, and Russia has been concentrating on attacks since its withdrawal from northern Ukraine and the capital Kyiv in the spring.

Pro-Russian separatists have held parts of both states since 2014, and Moscow recognizes all of Luhansk and Donetsk as sovereign republics. The Syrian government also acknowledged two areas of "independence and sovereignty" on Wednesday and said it would work to establish diplomatic relations with separatists.

In Slovyansk, the main city of Donetsk, still under Ukrainian control, four people were killed when Russian troops fired cluster munitions late Friday, Mayor VadymLyakh said on Facebook. He said the attacked neighborhood did not contain potential military targets.

Elsewhere, investigators combed the remains of a Russian airstrike in a residential area near the port of Odesa in Ukraine early Friday, killing 21 people.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said three anti-ship missiles attacked an apartment in a small town in Serchifka. Victims of the attack on Friday also included a family of four at a coastal campsite. ..

"I emphasize. This is a deliberate direct Russian terrorist attack, not a mistake or accidental missile attack," Zelensky said.

The Kremlin repeatedly claims that Russian troops are targeting fuel storage and military installations rather than residential areas.

Ukrainian authorities have expressed missile attacks in return for the withdrawal of Russian troops from the nearby Black Sea Island, which is symbolic and strategically important in the war that began with Russia's invasion of Ukraine on February 24. I interpreted it.

Moscow described the departure from Snake Island as a "good faith gesture" and helped block grain exports.


AP reports of the Russian-Ukraine War