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Russians capture centre of Sievierodonetsk, shell city’s chemical plant

The Russian offensive in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbas, which started in mid-April, continues. In spite of capturing the centre of Sievierodonetsk, the invaders are making little progress otherwise and the defence of the Sievierodonets-Lysychansk salient continues.

The Russian invasion forces have managed to push the Ukrainian defenders out of the centre of Sievierodonetsk, which the latter retook last week. The Russians also continue heavy shelling of the city: footage released by Luhansk Regional Administration on June 12, 2022, shows the Azot nitrogen plant in the western part of the city on fire.

According to Regional Governor, Serhiy Haidai, the fire was ignited after Russian shelling caused an oil leak. Depending on the sources between 500 and 800 civilians may be sheltering there, including its employees and about 40 children.

The invaders have focused their offensive operations to encircle the Ukrainian troops in the areas of Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk. The Russians are trying to encircle the two cities and block Ukrainian supply lines running from Bakhmut to the southeast, but the attack there has been successfully repulsed.

The Russians have moved more than 80 units of weapons and military equipment, including heavy armoured vehicles and artillery systems towards the localities of Kreminna and Starobilsk, north and northeast of Sievierodonetsk and Starobilsk.

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