The head of the Luhansk Regional Military Civil Administration, Serhiy Haidai, has shared pictures of the town of Rubizhne, now completely destroyed by Russian invading forces, on his Telegram channel on May 20.
“Rubizhne shared the fate of Mariupol,” Haidai wrote.
“The industrial city has been destroyed to the ground, there are no surviving buildings, many houses cannot be restored. There are cemeteries in courtyards.”
Haidai said that before the war, more than 60,000 people lived in the town. Some of them have been evacuated to safe cities in Ukraine or abroad. There are also those who were forcibly abducted by the invaders to Russia or the occupied territories. Some city residents have taken to living in basements, or have been taken prisoner by the invading forces.
“These plundered, scorched brick boxes is now our Rubizhne,” he said.
“We will rebuild it almost from scratch. We will win. There is no doubt. We will punish them for the death of our people and the destruction of our cities. Everything will be okay.”
The Russian invaders captured nearly the entirety of Rubizhne about a week ago.
The invaders are continuing to destroying the settlements of Luhansk Oblast, attacking the towns of Lysychansk and Sievierodonetsk. 10% of the region has remained under Ukrainian control. As of early March, this figure was about 30%.