Russian army expands grip on eastern Ukraine in move to cut supply lines

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The Russian subject has expanded its power of territory successful eastbound Ukraine successful an violative that could chopped proviso lines and encircle frontline Ukrainian forces, British and Ukrainian subject chiefs said.

he UK’s Ministry of Defence said that Ukrainian forces had withdrawn from immoderate areas adjacent the metropolis of Lysychansk, the latest large battlefield successful Russian President Vladimir Putin’s warfare against Ukraine, to debar the anticipation of being encircled arsenic Russians sent successful reinforcements and concentrated their firepower successful the area.

Ukraine’s General Staff said Russian forces took power of the villages of Loskutivka and Rai-Oleksandrivka, and were trying to seizure Syrotyne extracurricular Sievierodonetsk.

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A Ukrainian worker  camouflages a US-supplied M777 howitzer with histrion   branches earlier  firing astatine  a Russian presumption   successful  Ukraine’s eastbound   Donetsk portion   (Efrem Lukatsky/AP)

A Ukrainian worker camouflages a US-supplied M777 howitzer with histrion branches earlier firing astatine a Russian presumption successful Ukraine’s eastbound Donetsk portion (Efrem Lukatsky/AP)

A Ukrainian worker camouflages a US-supplied M777 howitzer with histrion branches earlier firing astatine a Russian presumption successful Ukraine’s eastbound Donetsk portion (Efrem Lukatsky/AP)

For weeks, Russian forces person pummelled Sievierodonetsk, the administrative centre of the Luhansk region, with artillery and aerial raids, and fought the Ukrainian service house-to-house.

Ukrainian forces stay holed up astatine the Azot chemic works connected the city’s edge, wherever astir 500 civilians were besides sheltering.

The Russians are besides pressing their violative connected Lysychansk, which is located connected a steep stream slope facing Sievierodonetsk.

The MoD noted successful its quality appraisal connected Thursday that Russian forces person astir apt precocious much than 3 miles towards the confederate approaches of Lysychansk since Sunday.

“Some Ukrainian units person withdrawn, astir apt to debar being encircled,” the connection said. “Russia’s improved show successful this assemblage is apt a effect of caller portion reinforcement and dense attraction of fire.”

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A Donetsk People’s Republic militia’s aggregate  rocket launcher fires from a presumption   not acold   from Panteleimonivka (Alexei Alexandrov/AP)

A Donetsk People’s Republic militia’s aggregate rocket launcher fires from a presumption not acold from Panteleimonivka (Alexei Alexandrov/AP)

A Donetsk People’s Republic militia’s aggregate rocket launcher fires from a presumption not acold from Panteleimonivka (Alexei Alexandrov/AP)

Ukraine’s subject said the Russians were besides moving to overtake the hills overlooking a road linking Lysychansk with Bakhmut, to the southbound west, successful an effort to chopped the proviso lines of Ukrainian forces.

Following a botched effort to seizure the Ukrainian superior successful the aboriginal signifier of the penetration connected February 24, Russian forces person shifted absorption to Ukraine’s eastbound concern heartland of Donbas, wherever Ukrainian forces person fought Moscow-backed separatists since 2014.

The Russian subject presently controls astir 95% of the Luhansk portion and astir fractional of the neighbouring Donetsk portion of Donbas.

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