Invading Russian forces are continuing to shell settlements in Luhansk Oblast with a range of weapons, from aircraft to rockets, artillery and mortars, Luhansk Governor Serhiy Haidai said on April 28.
In the city of Lysychansk alone, 13 houses were destroyed as a result of heavy shelling, Haidai reported.
“Lysychansk is a large settlement. As easy as it is for the Russians to strike somewhere, it is much harder for our rescuers to react quickly,” he said.
“Fires from shelling are burning all across an area of nearly 100 square kilometers."
Three houses caught fire in Novodruzhesk, as well as a shop in Severodonetsk, a carpentry workshop and a transformer in Hirske – which can no longer be repaired. The facility is completely destroyed, depriving people of electricity and mobile communications, Haidai said.
According to the governor, four people died and four others were injured in Luhansk Oblast during the day. Ten houses in the town of Popasna were also destroyed.
The community of Hirske was shelled on four occasions.
A 58-year-old local resident died in Hirske when he went out into the yard near his house and was caught by Russian fire. An 85-year-old woman in Severodonetsk, and two people in Novodruzhesk and Lysychansk were also killed, the governor said.
Battles for Popasna, Rubizhne, Severodonetsk, and a number of other settlements are ongoing in the eastern Ukrainian oblast. Earlier, the invading troops managed to occupy the town of Kreminna.
The occupiers are systematically shelling towns and villages – not a single house remains undamaged in the region, Haidai said.