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Ukrainian Troops Retreat From Severodonetsk After Weeks of Brutal Battle

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  • Ukrainian forces have been ordered to withdraw from Severodonetsk, a small however symbolically vital victory for Russia within the battle for management of Donbas.
  • Fierce combating within the metropolis destroyed 80% of its buildings and all of its important infrastructure, the pinnacle of the regional administration stated.
  • Russian forces have made advances close to Lysychansk, one other key metropolis within the area, in current days.

Ukraine ordered its troops to withdraw from their remaining foothold within the metropolis of Severodonetsk to keep away from encirclement, the regional governor stated, ending a battle that lasted nearly two months and giving Russia a small however symbolically vital victory within the grinding conflict for management of jap Ukraine’s Donbas space.

Arduous to defend and separated from the remainder of Ukrainian-held territory by a river, Severodonetsk, a city of just over 100,000 people earlier than the conflict, had restricted strategic worth by itself. It holds, nevertheless, political significance for each side due to its standing as the executive middle of Ukrainian-controlled elements of Luhansk, one of many two regions that make up Donbas.