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Ukrainian troops may need to withdraw from Lysychansik to avoid siege – Governor

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KYIV — Ukrainian troops may need to withdraw from the frontline city of Lysychans'k to avoid siege after Russian troops occupy two settlements to the south, regional governor Serhiy Gaidai said on Thursday. Said.

Lysychans'k and nearby Sieviero Donetsk have been the focus of Russia's attacks in the East Donbas region, where the fight is approaching a "fierce climax," a Ukrainian presidential adviser said. Said on Wednesday.

On Thursday, the Ukrainian Army General Staff confirmed the loss of Rio Lexandrifka and Rosktikhka, about 5 km (3 miles) from Lysychans'k, and Russian troops are about to siege the Ukrainian army. Said.

He didn't say how it would react, but Governor Guydai said Ukrainian troops might have to withdraw.

"To avoid siege, our orders could order the troops to retreat to new positions," he said on national television.

"Everything in Lysychans'k is within reach of their fire. It's very dangerous in the city."

He can still reach Lysychans'k by road and is a civilian He said he could continue to evacuate. Russia's TASS news agency had previously stated that Russia-backed separatists had stated that the city was surrounded and supplies were cut off.

The war has entered a brutal phase of friction in recent weeks, with Russian troops concentrating overwhelming cannon firepower in this pocket of Donbus, which Moscow claims on behalf of separatists. ..

The British Ministry of Defense said Thursday that recent advances in Russia have increased pressure on Ukrainian troops in Lysychans'k-Severodonetsk.

"But that (Russian) effort to achieve a deeper siege to occupy the western part of Donetsk Oblast is at a standstill," the ministry said in a daily update on Twitter. .. (Report by Pavel Polityuk, Written by Alessandra Prentice, Edited by Clarence Fernandez and Andrew Heavens)