Russian invaders had almost captured the town of Rubizhne, but at the same time the entire Russian battalion had already refused to attack Bilohorivka village due to heavy losses, Luhansk governor Serhiy Haidai said during the national telethon.
According to Haidai, the occupiers control almost the entire settlement of Rubizhne, but in those areas that are protected by the Ukrainian National Guard, they cannot advance for the third month.
The official calls the situation in the town itself “complicated”: there is no water, and gas supply, and the only thing the Russians are proud of is that they "opened" a hospital that was closed.
Haidai also noted that on the border with the Donetsk Oblast, where the occupiers are trying to block the route from Popasna and Bilohorivka, fierce battles are taking place.
"Bilohorivka will make history as a byword. Chornobayivka sometimes, in some ways, is probably no match for it.”
“Because such stubbornness, stupidity… don't know what makes them crawl to the front like that, put pontoons in the same place where almost 90 units of heavy equipment have already been smashed,” Haidai said.
According to him, the Russians attack at the same positions, where a bunch of their soldiers were burned, where some shallop was sunk.
“They had a gondola – we call it the Moscow region, because it’s not quite Moskva,. Also a (Russian) helicopter was shot down," Haidai added.
According to him, Russia's attempts to attack in this area are "just disastrous", despite which they are still persisting.
“As the interceptions suggest a whole battalion simply refused to go on the offensive because they see what is happening. Now our guys are starting to work with artillery on that side [of the Siversky Donets] on which they were trying to gain a foothold.”
Earlier, the press service of the 80th Air Assault Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that Ukrainian paratroopers had defeated Russian troops trying to build a pontoon bridge across the river in the east for the ninth time.