Close combat is taking place near Svatove in Luhansk Oblast, and at some parts of the front line the distance to Russian positions is no more than 40 meters, regional governor Serhiy Hayday said on national television on Jan. 10.
“We were at the positions where our defenders were from one side of a forest copse, and the enemy was from the other side of it,” Hayday said.
"It means the distance between them was about 40 meters.”
The situation in Luhansk Oblast remains tense, but under control of the Ukrainian army, he added.
Additionally, Ukrainian troops have gained some ground in the Kreminna direction.
He added that Ukrainian defenders are continuing to destroy Russian materiel, while Russian forces have been systematically razing houses in order to deny Ukrainian forces cover and shelter. Russian forces also continue to murder Ukrainian civilians, with a Russian sniper being recently reported for murdering a woman in the village of Novoselivka — the last civilian there. Another two civilians were killed and two others injured in the village of Nevske in an attack of Jan. 9.
"Due to security considerations, only today can we evacuate people that were injured yesterday,” Hayday noted.
“We insist people to be evacuated from the liberated territories, because there they are pushing their luck.”