With fierce clashes ongoing in the outskirts of Severodonetsk, Ukrainian troops are maintaining a steadfast defense of the Luhansk Oblast city, head of the municipal administration Oleksandr Stryuk said on Ukrainian national television late on May 28.
“They (the Russians) are in the city’s immediate vicinity; there are currently two hotspots – the Mir hotel and the area near the city’s bus station, which is right next to the orcish (Russian) formations,” said Stryuk.
Humanitarian efforts in the city were effectively paralyzed on May 28, since it is now extremely unsafe to drive around Severodonetsk, the city mayor said. Cell coverage is down, people are left to get water from a handful of wells around the city, but even those locations are regularly fired upon. As evacuation remains risky, the priority is given to those in need of medical care.
“Nevertheless, we’re confident the city will be held,” Stryuk added.
“(Russia) has committed a large number of resources to assault the city, but so far, they are falling short; supply lines are still open; small cargo shipments are still getting through, even though it’s becoming increasingly difficult.”
According to the head of the Luhansk regional administration, Serhiy Hayday, Ukraine maintains control of Severodonetsk, Lysychansk, Hirske, and the area around the Lysychansk-Bakhmut highway.
Severodonetsk is now bearing the brunt of Moscow’s offensive in the region, Ukraine’s military says.