‘Difficult situation’ in Severodonetsk, Ukraine’s defense ministry says

30 May, 07:43 PM
The Ukrainian Defense Ministry reports there is a dire battlefield situation in Severodonetsk (Photo:REUTERS/Serhii Nuzhnenko)

The Ukrainian Defense Ministry reports there is a dire battlefield situation in Severodonetsk (Photo:REUTERS/Serhii Nuzhnenko)

The military situation in Severodonetsk is now very difficult, and street fighting is already taking place in the strategic Luhansk Oblast town, Ukrainian media reported a Ukrainian defense ministry spokesperson as saying on May 30.

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“As for Severodonetsk: the situation is difficult, street fighting is already taking place in the vicinity,” Interfax-Ukraine wrote, quoting spokesperson of Ministry of Defense of Ukraine Oleksandr Motuzianyk.

“The Ukrainian military is holding back the assault actions of the enemy, which also abandon their personnel – wherever they fail, they retreat,” Motuzianyk said.

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The situation is very difficult, but the Armed Forces of Ukraine are still keeping it under control, he said.

“Reconnaissance is working – we know all the enemy's plans. Our aerial reconnaissance is also working. Therefore, I have an optimistic view of the situation.”

The Armed Forces of Ukraine are taking all measures to prevent the encirclement of Ukrainian forces in the areas of Severodonetsk and Lysychansk, Motuzianyk said. 

He said the enemy assault was proceeding in several areas. The fiercest battles are taking place in the Severodonetsk, Bakhmut and Kurakhove.

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