Ukraine loses control of a village near Severodonetsk

20 June, 01:46 PM
The Armed Forces are defending in Severodonetsk (Photo:Ministry of Defense of Ukraine/Facebook)

The Armed Forces are defending in Severodonetsk (Photo:Ministry of Defense of Ukraine/Facebook)

Ukrainian forces have lost control of Metiolkine, a village near Severodonetsk, the head of Luhansk regional administration, Serhiy Hayday, said in a Telegram post on June 20.              

“The enemy has committed dozens of armored (units) for the breakthrough,” said Hayday.

“Unfortunately, we no longer control Metiolkine, as of today. Enemy forces continue to build up reserves and are attempting to creep through the front lines.”

According to Hayday, Russian air and artillery strikes on Severodonetsk are ramping up, particularly in the suburbs and the industrial zone.

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“The same is happening near Toshkivka and Ustynivka, as the enemy is attempting to gain a foothold there, by using lots of military equipment.”

President Volodymyr Zelensky earlier said that the fight for Severodonetsk will be decisive in the larger Battle for Donbas, adding that action there is extremely intense, with Russia losing as many as 300 troops every day.

By June 13, the Russian army had destroyed all bridges to the city, further exacerbating the dire conditions local residents find themselves in.

On June 18, U.S.-based Institute for the Study of War assessed that the Russian offensive in Donbas has largely lost momentum in recent days.

On June 20, the head of Severodonetsk military administration Oleksandr Stryuk said that while Russia controls the majority of the city’s residential areas, Ukrainian troops are still in control of over a third of Severodonetsk.

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