Towns burn as Russia entrenches in Luhansk Oblast

26 July, 01:58 PM
Russian forces are systematically burning local settlements in Luhansk Oblast to the ground (Photo:Serhiy Hayday/Telegram)

Russian forces are systematically burning local settlements in Luhansk Oblast to the ground (Photo:Serhiy Hayday/Telegram)

Attempting to form a stranglehold over the entirety of Luhansk Oblast, Russian forces are systematically burning local settlements to the ground, the head of the Luhansk regional administration, Serhiy Hayday, said in a Telegram post on July 26.

“In order to entrench themselves in Luhansk Oblast, the Russians are brutally burning down resisting settlements,” said Hayday.

“Obliterating several streets at a time, they are laying ground for a further advance in Donetsk Oblast. The other day Russian forces launched four missiles (at targets across Luhansk Oblast), carried out two massive artillery strikes, and even used close-range mortars where they could get close enough.”

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Hayday noted that Russian troops do not distinguish between major cities and tiny villages in their attacks.

“(Look at) what they did to Vrubivka, trying to get to Lysychansk,” the official added.

“Or to Novotoshkivske, which only had 10 residents remaining there, back in April. The Russian Army cares not what a given city or town will look like the next day.”

Ukrainian forces withdrew from Severodonetsk and Lysychansk – the last two major cities on Luhansk Oblast to fall into Russian hands – by July 3. Around 20,000 residents remain across the two cities.

Moscow is still falling short of establishing full control over Luhansk Oblast.

After four months of fighting, Russia has only managed to advance a mere 30 kilometers in the region.

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