Luhansk oblast sees increased fighting

12 May, 09:01 PM
The shelling intensified along the entire Luhansk front (Photo:REUTERS/Serhii Nuzhnenko)

The shelling intensified along the entire Luhansk front (Photo:REUTERS/Serhii Nuzhnenko)

The military situation in Luhansk Oblast has significantly worsened, reported the governor of the Luhansk Military Administration Serhiy Haidai, in an update via Telegram messenger on May 12.

According to the governor, shelling is on the rise along the frontlines in the entire Luhansk region.

“We have major battlefield action in Bilohorivka, Komyshuvaha and on routes going to Sievierodonetsk,” Haidai reported.

At time of publication, Sievierodonetsk remains under Ukrainian control, as well as  neighboring towns and villages, including the city of Lysychansk and the town of Hirske. The Ukrainian military is currently repelling Russian efforts to take control of Rubizhne.

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“Ruscists are not even changing their tactics – they’re destroying towns andafterwards invade the shelled territory,” Haidai wrote.

“Bilohorivka right now is fighting against the Russian invasion, our soldiers have destroyed two pontoon bridges and, if the Russians keep attacking, will destroy the third one.”

Popasna, where Russian forces have mostly been able to take control, local residents thought to have pro-Ukrainian positions have been disappearing from their homes. 

The only road connecting Luhansk oblast to other Ukrainian regions is now being shelled, rendering travel to Luhansk Oblast extremely dangerous. It is also suffering from shortages of power, water, gas, and communication links. Some of the villages invaded by the Russians have been completely leveled.

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