Ukrainian military attempting to regain full control of Severodonetsk, says military administration head

5 June, 01:24 PM
The Russian occupiers continue to fire on Severodonetsk in the Luhansk oblast (Photo:REUTERS/Serhii Nuzhnenko)

The Russian occupiers continue to fire on Severodonetsk in the Luhansk oblast (Photo:REUTERS/Serhii Nuzhnenko)

The Ukrainian military is trying to regain full control of the town of Severodonetsk, Oleksandr Striuk, the head of the town's civil and military administration, said on Ukrainian national television on June 4.

According to Striuk, street fighting in the town continues, and the Ukrainian military is doing everything possible to oust the invaders from their positions.

Asked what percentage of the town has been occupied, the official said that the Russian invaders had "some military success" as they managed to enter Severodonetsk and capture "a significant part of it, almost splitting it in half." These are residential areas where Russians "can feel confident," he said.

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"But our military has managed to regroup and build a defense line," Striuk said.

"And now all the necessary measures are being taken to return the town to full control of Ukraine. The town remains Ukrainian."

He added that the invaders were using artillery during the fighting.

"The situation is quite tense, but there is hope and there is confidence in our Armed Forces that everything will succeed," Striuk said.

About 13,000 people remained in the town before it was stormed by Russian forces. According to the official, the population has remained the same, with the exception of those forcibly deported to the occupied territories.

On June 3, Luhansk Governor Serhiy Hayday announced that the Ukrainian Armed Forces had pushed the Russian invaders back in Severodonetsk and recaptured 20% of the town. He said that the Ukrainian counterattack had reduced Russia's share of control of the town from 70% to 50%.

According to the Ukrainian President's Office, Severodonetsk is among the settlements in the Donbas that have been completely destroyed by the Russian invasion force.

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