TThe Ukrainian army has said Kiev forces continue to thwart Russian efforts to take the hotly contested eastern city of Severodonetsk.
“The occupiers carried out assault operations in the city of Severodonetsk using motorized rifle units and artillery. They were unsuccessful; the fighting continues,” the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said in a regular operational update on Thursday. evening.
It said Ukrainian forces had successfully repulsed a Russian attack on the village of Toshkivka, on the northwestern outskirts of Severodonetsk.
The Ukrainian governor of the eastern region of Luhansk, where Severodonetsk is located, said “heavy fighting” continues to engulf the city.
In a Telegram post, Serhiy Haidai said Russian forces continued to shell the neighboring city of Lysychansk with large-caliber weapons that “pierce even concrete”.
“It is extremely dangerous for civilians to stay, even in shelters,” Haidai said.