The fighting for Seversk began, the LPR Ministry of Internal Affairs reported. According to the published map, forces are advancing from the northwest, north and east. According to UNICEF, more than 12 thousand people live in the city, it is located 15 km from Lysichansk
Fighting began for the city of Seversk, located in the Bakhmut district, Vitaly Kiselev, assistant to the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Lugansk People's Republic, said on Telegram .
“The battles for Seversk have already begun”,— he wrote.
Kiselev attached a map to the publication, which indicates that the advancing forces are moving from the east, north and northwest, while Ukrainian troops are depicted leaving Seversk in the direction of the south and southwest.
According to the service « Yandex.Maps», the city is located about 15 km from Lisichansk, it is separated from Slavyansk by about 25 km.
UNICEF reported that 12.3 thousand people live in Seversk. The website of the Bakhmut District Council says that 13.4 thousand people live in the Seversk city territorial community (which unites seven settlements, including Seversk).
Seversk is located on the territory that the authorities of the DPR consider to be part of the republic, since the city is located within the borders of the Donetsk region of Ukraine. Russia recognized the republics of Donbass within the administrative boundaries of the regions of Ukraine. In Kyiv and most other countries of the world, they insist that the territories controlled by the LPR and DPR are part of Ukraine.
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The participation of the LPR forces in hostilities on the territory of the DPR was previously announced by the head of the Donetsk Republic Denis Pushilin. He noted that such a decision would allow “to speed up the liberation operation.” According to Pushilin, before the forces of the DPR helped the LPR to “close the situation”, now the “logical conclusion” in that area will provide support in return.
On the afternoon of July 3, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to President Vladimir Putin on the liberation of the LNR. The head of the Ministry of Defense said that Lisichansk (a satellite city of Severodonetsk) and nearby settlements, in particular the city of Novodruzhesk and the village of Belaya Gora, were taken under control.
Russian special operation in Ukraine began more than four months ago— on the night of February 24, such a decision was made by President Vladimir Putin. He claimed that for eight years official Kyiv had been pursuing a policy of “genocide”; in relation to the inhabitants of Donbass, Moscow intends to “restore statehood”; LPR and DPR, to carry out “demilitarization” and “denazification” Ukraine.
«The ultimate goal I marked— this is the liberation of Donbass, the protection of these people and the creation of conditions that would guarantee the security of Russia itself, — Putin added at the end of June, urging not to rush the military and not to talk about the timing of the completion of the operation.
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