In eastern Ukraine, Russian troops have advanced to the outskirts of Lysychansk. However, they were abruptly stopped there, the Ukrainian army says.

    “Our fighters have stopped the advance towards the southern edge of Lysychansk. We inflicted losses on the enemy and forced them to retreat,” it said in a situation report from the general staff in Kiev. According to Kiev, the Russian army is now sending reserves to the front. There would also have been fighting at the Borivske settlement.

    In the morning it became known that a Ukrainian group was surrounded in the places Solote and Hirske (in the south of Lysychansk; ed.). By evening, Russian troops would have captured parts of Hirske. The circle could thus close completely.

    Lysychansk is the last major city in the Luhansk region that is still fully under Ukrainian control. On the other side of the Seversky Donets River is the city of Severodonetsk, which was largely conquered by Russia.

    “No city in Donetsk safe”

    “No city in the eastern Ukraine region of Donetsk is safe for its residents,” said regional governor Pavlo Kirilenko. “The fighting between the Ukrainian and Russian military is too fierce.”

    Kirilenko said it is currently “extremely dangerous” for residents to stay. The evacuation of civilians continues unabated, 251 people were brought to safety yesterday.

    “The situation in the region remains very difficult, the enemy is trying to concentrate efforts,” it said. “Especially on the Bachmut-Lysychansk road, looking for a way out is particularly dangerous. The main mission is to stop the advance of the enemy towards the important cities of Slovyansk and Kramatorsk.”

    There are still 45,000 inhabitants in Kramatorsk, a city a few tens of kilometers from the front line.