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LVIV, Ukraine — Days after Ukrainian officers confirmed that their forces had retreated from the devastated industrial metropolis of Sievierodonetsk, town’s exiled mayor on Monday painted a bleak image of life for individuals who stay there, in a pocket of the east the place Russian forces have targeted their consideration in current weeks.

“There’s no good news I can share with you,” the mayor, Oleksandr Striuk, stated in a morning information convention as he described a Russian-occupied metropolis battered and in locations leveled by artillery fireplace.

About 7,000 to eight,000 civilians, out of a prewar inhabitants of 160,000, have been nonetheless within the metropolis when it fell to Russian forces on Friday, Mr. Striuk stated, primarily based on data from sources nonetheless inside. Their humanitarian state of affairs is dire, with infrastructure razed and clear water and meals briefly provide.

About 90 % of town’s buildings have been destroyed, Ukrainian officers stated earlier.

Ukrainian forces have withdrawn west towards Lysychansk, the dual metropolis on the other financial institution of the Siversky Donets River. But with no bridges nonetheless standing, that they had to make use of no matter supplies they might discover in Sievierodonetsk to retreat, Mr. Striuk stated.

He and different native officers have been pressured to flee elsewhere in Ukraine when the state of affairs deteriorated. Those who stay will seemingly be allowed to evacuate solely to Russian-held cities, as has been the case in different captured areas.

There was a sure symbolic significance hooked up to Sievierodonetsk, the mayor acknowledged, and it had develop into a regional administrative hub in Luhansk Province after pro-Russian separatists seized a part of the area in 2014.

He additionally stated that Russian forces have been now prone to focus their efforts on Lysychansk, the final metropolis in Luhansk to stay in Ukrainian arms.

After abandoning their thwarted push to take Kyiv early within the conflict, Russian forces have been searching for to assert full management of Donbas, the japanese area containing the provinces of Luhansk and Donetsk the place their separatist allies already held territory.

On Monday, Serhiy Haidai, the governor of Luhansk, referred to as on civilians to evacuate Lysychansk, calling the state of affairs “very difficult.”

“Due to the real threat to life and health, we call for an evacuation immediately,” he stated in a submit on the social messaging app Telegram. “Save yourself and your loved ones. Take care of the children. Be sure that you will be taken care of in the evacuation cities on the territory of Ukraine.”

The basic employees of the Ukrainian army stated in an announcement on Monday that Russian forces have been attempting to blockade Lysychansk from the south, with the assist of artillery, and have been shelling civilian and army infrastructure within the space.

Even after the Ukrainian withdrawal from Sievierodonetsk, the Russian assault on the east has not slowed. Russian troops launched 20 strikes on 12 settlements in Donetsk Province from Sunday into Monday, with civilian casualties recorded, in line with a Telegram submit from the Ukrainian National Police.

Much of Ukraine, even areas of the west and north that had escaped the worst of the preventing in current weeks, remained on edge on Monday after tensions have been raised by a sudden escalation in strikes on Kyiv and different areas over the weekend.

Dozens of rockets have been fired from Belarusian airspace towards Kyiv and the encircling area, and no less than one individual was killed within the metropolis.

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