Russia claimed on Sunday it had captured the strategic Ukrainian town of Lysychansk and the entire frontline Lugansk region as a mayor said six people had been killed by Russian shelling in the west.
Russia’s claimed gains would mark a breakthrough for Moscow’s forces seeking to control eastern Ukraine, more than four months after they invaded and diverted their attention from the capital Kyiv.
Shelling in Kramatorsk, the administrative center of Ukraine’s Donbass region, left a scene of sinking and destruction. Kramatorsk was hit for the second consecutive day by Smerch rockets, according to its mayor Oleksandr Goncharenko. He says the strikes, which hit a residential area and an unoccupied hotel, caused no casualties.
The aftermath of Russian shelling in the eastern Ukrainian city of Sloviansk shows a market destroyed by numerous rocket launchers. The attack by troops advancing on the town killed six people, including a child, according to Mayor Vadim Lyakh.