Live Updates: Russia’s War in Ukraine

Russian forces were able to make small gains in the Lysychansk region, taking parts of an oil refinery, located on the outskirts of the city, Lugansk region military administration chief Serhii said on Friday. Hayday.

« Occupiers are attacking the Lysychansk Oil Refinery, holding the northwestern and southeastern parts of the plant, » Hayday said in a Telegram post.

Big Picture: The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said: « [Russia] concentrates its main efforts on encircling our troops in the Lysychansk region from the south and west, establishing complete control over the Luhansk region.

Hayday made a similar analysis.

« The enemy tries in vain to surround the Ukrainian army, attacking Lysychansk from the south and west, » he said.

Russian forces also launched a new assault on the Bakhmut-Lysychansk highway, the city’s main supply route, but were repelled by Ukrainian forces, Hayday added.

Inside the city: The situation remains dire for the approximately 15,000 residents who remain in Lysychansk.

“Residents of Lysychansk spent almost 24 hours in basements and houses. The bombardment of the city is very intense,” Hayday said. « Many residential homes and industrial facilities caught fire. »

Elsewhere in eastern Ukraine, the Russian military has also stepped up shelling of Kramatorsk and Sloviansk, according to the Ukrainian Armed Forces General Staff.

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