Russia strikes Kharkiv, deploys all reserve troops to Severosonetsk
Kyiv, Jun 20 (EFE).- Russian troops on Monday intensified attacks in the Kharkiv region of eastern Ukraine and deployed all reserves to the heavily embattled Severodonetsk city.
Ukraine’s general staff of the armed forces wrote on Facebook that the Russians have “fired intensively at the settlements of Kozacha Lopan, Mali Prokhody, Dementiivka, Petrivka, Verkhniy Saltiv, Rubizhne,” all of which are located around Kharkiv, the country’s second-largest city.
Ukrainians are focused on preventing the “enemy from advancing towards the Russian border,” near Kharkiv.
Meanwhile, fighting for full control of Severodonetsk is continuing as Russian troops have deployed “all their reserves” to the area, as well as to Bakhmut in the Donetsk region, the governor of the eastern Ukrainian province of Luhansk, Serhiy Haidai, said.
“They are not successful, they are dying en masse,” Haidai wrote on his Telegram account, referring to the Russian forces.
People taking shelter at the Azot chemical plant in Severodonetsk refused to be evacuated, according to Haidai.
Some 500 civilians and soldiers holing up at the facility have been resisting the Russian siege for days.
The general staff said that the “enemy fired artillery at Lysychansk, Syrotyne, Voronove, Borivs’ke, Bila Hora, Ustynivka, Myrna Dolyna, Toshkivka and launched air strikes with Su-25 aircraft near Bila Dora and Myrna Dolyna.”
“The struggle continues to establish full control over the city of Severodonetsk,” the general staff stressed.
In Donetsk’s Sloviansk, Russian troops launched artillery shelling and used multiple rocket launchers in the areas of Chepil, Pryshyb, Protopopivka, Velyka Komyshuvakha, Dibrivne, Vernopillia, Mayak, Kurulka, Bohorodychne, Mazanivka, Krasnopillia and Dolyna.
In the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, “the main objective of the enemy’s naval units is to block civil shipping in the northwestern part of the Black Sea,” something it has been doing for a week, the Ukrainian general staff pointed out.EFE