Part of Severodonetsk under Russian control, but no risk of encirclement, says Luhansk governor

31 May, 01:06 PM
The occupiers are storming Severodonetsk (Photo:Serhiy Hayday/Facebook)

The occupiers are storming Severodonetsk (Photo:Serhiy Hayday/Facebook)

Part of the town of Severodonetsk in Luhansk Oblast is now under the control of Russian invaders, Luhansk Governor Serhiy Hayday said on Facebook on May 31.

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"Part of Severodonetsk is under Russian control," he said.

"There is no risk of encirclement of the town! Street fighting continues in Severodonetsk, our defenders are trying to push the orcs (sic, referring to Russian soldiers) to the outskirts. Only Russian corpses can feel free in the regional center."

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According to Hayday, Russian troops plan to "clean up" the area around Severodonetsk. A battalion of soldiers and military hardware are being transferred to the villages of Syrotyne and Borivske.

"To put it simply, they are going to loot and cover their tracks, destroying and killing civilians," he added.

The governor specified that the entire territory of free Luhansk Oblast is under constant shelling.

He added that the enemy does not control the Lysychansk-Bakhmut highway, but is heavily shelling it.

On May 30, Russian troops advanced deep into Severodonetsk, street fighting is underway in the town.

Prior to that, the head of the Severodonetsk regional administration, Roman Vlasenko, said that the Russian invaders were controlling a strip of the city about 100m wide.

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