Serhii Hayday, head of the Luhansk Regional Military Administration, said Friday that Russian forces had been able to make small gains in the Liszansk region by taking over parts of an oil refinery located on the outskirts of the city.
“The invaders are attacking the Lysychansk oil refinery and occupying the northwestern and southeastern parts of the plant,” Heide said in a telegram.
Large image: Civil servants of the Ukrainian Armed Forces said:[Russia] Luhansk has established complete control over the region and is concentrating its key efforts in encircling our troops in the Lyczynsk region from the south and west.
Hodey did a similar analysis.
“The enemy is trying in vain to encircle the Ukrainian army, attacking Lysyansk from the south and west,” he said.
Russian forces retaliated on the Bakhmut-Lysychansk highway, the city’s main supply route, but were repulsed by Ukrainian forces, Hade added.
Inside the city: The situation is worse for the nearly 15,000 residents in Lysychansk.
“Residents of Lyciansank spent almost 24 hours in the basements and houses. The shelling of the city was very intense,” Hayde said. “Many residential homes and industrial facilities caught fire.”
Elsewhere in eastern Ukraine, the Russian military has intensified shelling on Kramatorsk and Sloviansk, according to civil servants of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.