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Lugansk 'Practically Completely Surrounded' By Ukrainian Forces
6 years
The Fight For Lugansk Intensifies
Russian Helicopters May Be On The Move, But No Evidence They're Near The Border

Gazeta.ru has more on the fight for Lugansk (translated by The Interpreter):

From all accounts, Lugansk is completely blocked from the west and south, the Ukrainian Army has cut off the connection along two main highways connecting Lugansk to Donetsk. Now the main action is unfolding toward the north of the city, near the village of Metallist. "The ATO forces have liberated Aleksandrovsk, Beloye, Roskoshnoye, Sabovka from the terrorists and are waging a battle for Metallist in the Lugansk Region," the ATO press center reported on Twitter.

As of this writing, the Ukrainian military has announced the seizure of Metallist. According to Ukrainian journalist Petro Shuklinov, "Lugansk is practically completely surrounded, the terrorists have only one corridor, toward Krasnodon." This city is to the southeast of the regional center, on the highway toward the Ukrainian-Russian border.

However, tonight battles were still raging there. "A battle at the Izvarino checkpoint, near Krasnodon. Ukrainian military are trying to break through across the Uralo-Kavkaz toward the eastern quarters of the city," said the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic press service. Thus, the Ukrainian forces are trying to take the city in a total circle, cutting it off from the border of Russia.

This morning the SBU anti-terrorist center reported that some of the militia were retreating from the area of Lugansk Region toward the border with Russia. But the LPR leadership could not confirm this information. For their part, the separatists announced the latest knockdown of a plane from the Ukrainian Air Force; however they did not cite any details. There were also reports of two SU-25 fighter planes shot down which fell on territory under control of the National Guard.

Shell fire from Ukraine has landed on the home of the border town of Donetsk in Rostov Region, killing one man. Vladimir Putin, in talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed extreme concern about the assault by the Ukrainian Air Force, RIA Novosti reported.

Immediately, reports appeared in the media about retaliatory pinpoint strikes being prepared against Ukrainian territory by Russia. But Putin's press secretary Dmitry Peskov called them nonsense.