Ukrainian troops to withdraw from key city of Severodonetsk, regional governor says

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Ukrainian troops will have to withdraw from the besieged eastern city of Severodonetsk, the regional governor announced on Friday.

Why is this important: The last remaining major city in the Luhansk region of Donbass still under Ukrainian control has endured weeks of bombardment by invading Russian forces.

  • Lysychansk, the twin city of Severodonetsk in the Luhansk region, has also endured days of heavy shelling, prompting a Ukrainian official to warn that the battle for Donbass is “entering some kind of fearsome climax” this week.
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Driving the news: “Unfortunately, we will have to withdraw our military from Severodonetsk, because staying in broken positions makes no sense – the death toll is rising,” Luhansk region governor Serhiy Haidai said in a Telegram post.

  • “The defenders of Severodonetsk will leave the city for new, more fortified positions,” Haidai said in a later post.

Editor’s Note: This is a topical article. Please check for updates.

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