Israeli Defence Forces officer and military analyst Yigal Levin in an interview with Radio NV on July 5 commented on the retreat of the Armed Forces of Ukraine from Lysychansk.
According to Levin, he is not disappointed by this retreat.
"I see that the command is acting competently, they have saved the armed forces, people," he said.
"It's the most important. If there had been a pocket, Ukrainian battalions, and brigades would have been destroyed, and I would have been disappointed. If people had died, there would have been a defeat. This would give a huge advantage to the Russian armed forces."
According to the military analyst, retreat and front movement are normal in such a full-scale war that lasts a long time.
"This is not a computer game," Levin said.
"Yes, it is sad to lose territories, but the territories will be recaptured, they will be regained. The main thing is to save people, the army."
The expert also drew attention to the fact that those fighters who had defended Lysychansk and Severodonetsk for two months and had tremendous combat experience had retreated.
"This is the first victory for Russia," Levin said.
"Let me remind you that the first victories are a direct path to defeat. And if this defeat happens, we will remember that their first victory near Lysychansk was one of those steps that led to their final defeat in Ukraine. Undoubtedly, thousands of soldiers died there. There was no pocket, no defeat of the Ukrainian forces."
Ukraine's General Staff on July 3 said that after heavy fighting for Lysychansk, Ukrainian forces were forced to withdraw from the besieged town.
Under conditions of multiple superiorities of the Russian invaders in artillery, aviation, missile systems, ammunition, and personnel, further defense of the town would have led to fatal consequences, the General Staff added.
Luhansk Governor Serhiy Hayday said on July 6 that fierce fighting was still ongoing in two settlements near Lysychansk.