KYIV — Ukrainian troops “must withdraw” from the battlefield city of Severodonetsk, which is mostly occupied by Russia, the local governor said on Friday.
Some of Russia's most fierce invasions of Ukraine took place in Severodonetsk, where street battles intensified for a month, and Russia slowly struggled more. I have won many positions.
"It doesn't make sense to stay in a shattered position for months just to stay there," Governor Serhiy Gaidai said on television.
He said the city's troops "have already received orders to move to a new location," but whether they have already done so, or exactly where to go. Did not indicate.
The battle of this city is the key for Russia to establish control over the last remaining Ukrainian sliver in the Luhansk region, and if Sieviero Donetsk collapses, only the city of Lysychansik will be Ukraine. Will remain in your hands.
The Luhansk region is one of the two states that make up Donbus, a region that Russia and the separatist allies of eastern Ukraine aim to completely occupy as one of the purposes of the war. ..
"In many respects, the fate of Donbus is determined there," Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky recently spoke of Severodonetsk. (Report by Max Hunder, edited by Robert Birsel and Jason Neely)