Ukraine’s National Guard refutes Kadyrov’s claims about encirclement of Ukrainians in Lysychansk

2 July, 08:19 PM
Fierce battles continue for Lysychansk, the city is not surrounded, Ukraine says (Photo:Anna Kudriavtseva/Reuters)

Fierce battles continue for Lysychansk, the city is not surrounded, Ukraine says (Photo:Anna Kudriavtseva/Reuters)

Fierce fighting is taking place near the city of Lysychansk in Luhansk Oblast, however the city itself is not surrounded by Russian troops, said the spokesperson for the National Guard of Ukraine, Ruslan Muzychuk, during an interview on Ukrainian TV on July 2.

Muzychuk added that the most difficult situation has been on the Lysychansk and Bakhmut axes, as well as in Kharkiv Oblast, in recent days.

"The enemy's goal here remains to establish access to the administrative border of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts,” he stated.

“Also, on the Slovyansk axis, the enemy is attempting assaults, trying to improve its tactical position.”

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Muzychuk’s statement was given in response to comments made by Chechen warlord Ramzan Kadyrov to Russian propagandists on July 2, that allegedly the invaders had surrounded the Ukrainian military in Lysychansk. This is not true.

The invaders, supported by artillery, are trying to block Lysychansk and take control of the Lysychansk-Bakhmut highway, which serves as a key supply route for Ukrainian troops in the east.

To accomplish this goal, Russian forces have been using heavy weaponry against the city of Lysychansk itself, as the Ukrainian military lacks long-range artillery in this region.

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