Russian forces are focusing their artillery fire on a handful of villages in Luhansk Oblast, near the Donetsk Oblast boundary, head of Luhansk regional administration Serhiy Hayday said in a Telegram post on July 22.
At least nine Russian artillery, air, and missile strikes were carried out against targets in Luhansk Oblast in the last 24 hours, according to Hayday.
“This constant firepower pressure aims to dislodge our troops from their defensive positions, and also to psychologically degrade the civilian population,” said Hayday.
“Villages near the Luhansk-Donetsk oblasts boundary are ever more frequently targeted by air strikes.”
In several locations, such as Verkhnyokamyanka, Russian forces have inched close enough to deployed their tank reserves; fighting there is ongoing.
A Russian assault, launched from the grounds of Lysychansk oil refinery, was halted.
“The enemy fired at almost every town and village they could reach with their weapons,” Hayday added.
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 full control over Luhansk Oblast.
After four months of fighting, Russia managed to advance mere 30 kilometers in the region.