Amid intensified shelling of Luhansk Oblast on Easter Day, invading Russian troops destroyed seven residential buildings and hit Lysychansk Oil Refinery for a third time, Luhansk governor Serhiy Haidai has said.
According to Haidai, who heads Luhansk Regional Military Administration, three blocks of flats and four private houses were burnt down in the attacks.
Enemy shelling also destroyed several vehicles, including trucks.
“The Russian military hit Lysychansk Oil Refinery for a third time. Information about the possible consequences of this is being verified,” Haidai added.
Lysychansk, Sievierodonetsk, Rubizhne, and Hirske suffered the most from the Russian attacks.
Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24. April 25 is the 61st day of a full-scale war. The invading forces tried to advance from the north, east and south, shelling peaceful cities throughout Ukraine using artillery, and bombing themfrom the air.
Since the beginning of the war, the most difficult situation has been observed in Kharkiv, Chernihiv, Sumy, and Mariupol. For more than a month, Russia shelled Kyiv and the outskirts of the capital, completely destroying a number of settlements.
At the moment, the Russian invaders are trying to capture those territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts that have been under Ukrainian governmental control since the beginning of the war in 2014. Russian invaders are shelling settlements in the Donbas, and the Ukrainian authorities are urging residents to evacuate.
Parts of the Zaporizhzhia, Kherson and Kharkiv oblasts have fallen under Russian occupation.
On April 18, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in his address that the Russian invaders had begun the battle for Donbas and had concentrated a significant part of their army for an offensive in eastern Ukraine.
On April 22, Russia announced that during the “second phase” of the war against Ukraine, it plans to completely occupy the Donbas and southern Ukraine, as well as create a land corridor to Crimea.