Russian invaders have been shelling the settlements of Zolote and Hirske in the Luhansk Oblast since the evening of April 6, Luhansk Oblast Governor Serhiy Haidai said on April 7.
According to him, there is a lot of destruction in the oblast’s settlements – some have disappeared from the face of the earth.
“The enemy is razing to the ground, gradually destroying, Zolote and Hirske,” Haidai said.
“The shelling of these settlements began on the evening of April 6 and lasted all night, and continues to this day. There is a lot of destruction — both in civilian housing and infrastructure. Rescue teams are working.”
He also said that the invaders were unable to capture Novotoshkivske, but fired at a hospital in Severodonetsk and houses in Lysychansk.
“There is destruction of houses in Lysychansk, as well as outbuildings in Lysychansk, Severodonetsk, Novodruzhesk and Toshkovets. At night, firefighters suppressed the fire on the roof of a hospital in Severodonetsk,” concluded Gaidai.
On March 29, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced that the key tasks of the first stage of the “special military operation” had been completed, so the Russian Armed Forces would focus on “liberating the Donbas.”
Since then, the shelling of Ukrainian cities in the Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts has increased significantly. The invaders are trying to encircle the Ukrainian military in the Joint Forces Operation zone – the area where Ukrainian forces have been fighting Russian proxy forces in Ukraine for the last eight years.
Russia attacked Ukraine on Feb. 24. April 7 is the 43rd day of the full-scalewar Russia unleashed on Ukraine, although the Kremlin refuses to recognize it as such, instead calling it a "special military operation in the Donbas."