“After heavy fighting over Lysysansk, the Armed Forces of Ukraine were forced to withdraw from their occupied positions and lines,” the General Staff of the Armed Forces said on its Facebook account.
According to the report, given the occupying forces’ significant superiority in terms of artillery, air assets, missile launcher systems, ammunition and personnel, the continuation of the fight for the defense of the city would have “disastrous consequences”.
“The decision to withdraw was made to protect the lives of Ukrainian defenders,” he added.
Noting that “will and patriotism are not enough” in the fight with the Russian army, the necessary “material and technical resources”, the general staff of the armed forces made a veiled appeal to the West to speed up the supply of weapons. To Kiev..
In a press conference with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky rejected the idea that Lisichansk was under Russian control, insisting that fighting continued on the outskirts of the city even after Moscow announced it had captured the city today.
However, in the same statement, Zelensky admitted that there were risks of the Lugansk region being fully controlled by Russian forces, and that the “weakest point” of Ukrainian defense was Lisizhansk.
By occupying Lisychansk in eastern Ukraine, the Kremlin takes control of the entire Luhansk region, and fighting is expected to intensify near the cities of Sloviansk and Kramatorsk, two key Ukrainian-held outposts in the industrial region of the Donbass (eastern Ukraine). .)
Russia launched a military offensive in Ukraine on February 24 that killed more than 4,000 civilians, according to the UN, which warns that the true number could be much higher.
The military offensive has driven more than 16 million people from their homes – more than eight million internally displaced people and eight million to neighboring countries – according to UN data, which characterizes the refugee crisis. World War II (1939-1945).
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