The “Small Progress” and “The Powerful Explosions” Ukraine Can’t Stop”

Mykolaiv, to the south, separated from Kherson by a cove, and Lysychansk, further north to the east, near Severodonetsk, concentrate the last hours of the war – on the ground and in military propaganda.

Lysychansk, virtually surrounded, according to satellite imagery from the Institute for the Study of War, and where Russian forces continue to make “small progress” with air and artillery strikes, is the latest focus of the attack, according to British intelligence. of Moscow and the pro-Russian separatists after Mariupol and Severodonetsk.

Pro-Russian forces claim to have completely surrounded the city and are “preparing a full-scale attack soon. The enemy has nowhere to go because all entrances and exits to the city are blocked. Breaking the dense siege ring will not work.” even if they try with all their might”.

Advisor to the Interior Minister of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic, Vitali Kiselev, assured TASS that Lysychansk, the last Kiev bastion in the Lugansk region, will fall under full pro-Russian control in the “next two days”, while Andrei Marochko, spokesman for the separatist militia, speaks of “a near future”. The Russian Defense Ministry has not yet confirmed the pro-Russian claims.

The Ukrainian army, for its part, denies the existence of a siege. “There is fighting going on around Lysychansk. Fortunately, the city is not surrounded and is under the control of the Ukrainian army,” said Rouslan Mouzytchouk, spokesman for the Ukrainian National Guard.

Lysychansk is the last major city in the Lugansk region of Donbass not yet in Russian hands, in a largely Russian-speaking industrial region partially controlled by pro-Russian separatists since 2014.

The city, which had a population of about 100,000 before the start of the war, is near Severodonetsk, captured by Moscow last week after the withdrawal of Ukrainian troops.

The two towns are separated by the Donets River, the main tributary of the Don River.

By taking Lysychansk, the Russian army can advance towards Sloviansk, about 60 kilometers to the west, and Kramatorsk, two other major cities in the Donetsk region.

Mykolaiv, near Odessa, was the target of attacks yesterday with 10 missiles that “degenerated powerful explosions” in port facilities and industrial infrastructure. The high-precision missiles were fired from the city of Kherson.

Mykolaiv is on the route to Odessa, Ukraine’s largest port, 130 kilometers to the southwest.

Russia’s defense ministry also claims to have destroyed five Ukrainian command posts in the Donbass region and Mykolaiv and three weapons warehouses in the Zaporizhzhya region in the past 24 hours.

Author: Arthur Cassiano

Source: El heraldo