The battle for Severodonetsk – one of the last major Ukrainian-controlled cities in the main eastern province – is emerging as a focal point of the Russian war. Russian troops are constantly bombing the area and using “scorched soil” tactics in the city as the Kremlin seeks to occupy the Luhansk region, its governor says.
Severodonetsk: The Washington-based Institute for the Study of War (ISW) think tank said in its latest assessment that Russian forces have been trying to encircle the city for the past 24 hours, making little gains by driving north through the city of Jolot. Fighting is also raging in the northern city of Lyman as Russian forces try to block Ukrainian supply lines.
Kharkiv: A Ukrainian counter-attack northeast of Ukraine’s second-largest city continues to threaten Russia’s position, military analysts at ISW say. Counter-attacks are forcing Russia to move units from offensive operations in eastern Ukraine to the shores of their defensive positions near the city of Vovchansk on the Russian border.
Kiev: Despite the sirens of airstrikes and the presence of soldiers on the streets almost every day, restaurants, bars and shops in the Ukrainian capital are getting crowded on weekends.
Chernihiv: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Monday night that 87 people had been killed after Russian troops fired four missiles at a village, Dessna, on the banks of the Dnipropetrovsk River north of Kiev, in what appears to be one of the deadliest attacks in the war. . There is a Ukrainian military training center in the area, and it was not immediately clear if the dead were civilians or members of the military.
Mariupol: A pro-Russian leader in a separatist-held area of eastern Ukraine says an “international tribunal” is being set up to try to extradite Ukrainian fighters who left the Azovstal steel plant in the southern port city under surrender through negotiations.
Paulina Villegas, Cassia Streak and Jennifer Hassan contributed to this report.