Ukraine said on Monday that its troops had been pushed back from the center of the eastern city of Severodonetsk, where fighting has been going on with Russia for weeks.
“The enemy conducted assault operations in the city of Severodonetsk with artillery support, with partial success and pushing our units away from the city center,” the Ukrainian army said on Facebook.
The local governor, Sergiy Gaiday, said that “the Russians were partially successful overnight” in the city.
They “pushed our troops out of the center and continue to destroy our city,” he said on Facebook.
Gaiday said Moscow’s troops were “gathering more and more equipment” to “encircle” Severodonetsk and nearby Lysychansk.
He added that in the past 24 hours, three civilians, including a six-year-old boy, had been killed by shelling in Lysychansk, across a river from Severodonetsk.
President Volodymyr Zelensky said late Sunday that Ukrainian and Russian troops are fighting for “literally every meter” in Severodonetsk.
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