Ukrainian forces to withdraw from the eastern city of Severodonetsk
Ukrainian forces in Severodonetsk have been told to withdraw, according to the Head of the Luhansk Regional Military Administration, Serhii Haidai.
“Remaining in positions that have been relentlessly shelled for months just doesn’t make sense,” Haidai said. “They have received orders to retreat to new positions… and from there continue their operations,” Haidai told Ukrainian television. “There is no point in staying in positions which have been destroyed over several months just for the sake of staying,” he said.
The city’s entire infrastructure has been completely destroyed, Haidai added, with over 90% of houses shelled and 80% critically damaged.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which began in February 2022, has been focused on Severodonetsk and its twin city Lysychansk for several weeks.