This was confirmed by the governor of the Luhansk region and the General Staff of Ukraine.
Heavy fighting has been going on in the region for weeks by the Ukrainian and Russian armies. Especially since the heavily besieged Severodonetsk is the target of the Russians. The city is almost entirely owned by Russia.
The fighting mainly revolves around the chemical nitrogen plant. This is the only part of the city that is still in the hands of Ukraine. Hundreds of civilians are hiding in the factory.
There is also fighting in the vicinity of Severodonetsk. Governor Serhiy Hayday stated that the Russians had taken control of Toshkivka. “Unfortunately, the enemy threw huge amounts of weapons and soldiers on it and captured Tochkivka.” Pro-Russian separatists in Donbas claimed this on Monday.
The Ukrainian army also reported the capture of Biddlesen and Myrna Dolina, south of Lysichansk.
Hedayi said Lysichansk is under constant artillery fire, but the defenders are still holding out. He described the attacks as a “catastrophic destruction” of the city.
According to the governor of Luhansk, Russian forces were ordered to take control of the entire region by June 26. According to him, this is not possible.
Also in the north, in the Kharkov region, Russian missiles fell. Governor Oleg Senhoipov reported that 15 civilians were killed in the attacks.
No grain export
The war prevented Ukraine from exporting grain for several months. Before the invasion of Russia, the country was one of the world’s largest grain exporters. That is why a Turkish military delegation is heading to Russia this week to discuss opening corridors on the Black Sea. Russian food products can also be exported via this route, Turkish newspaper Haber Turk reported, citing presidential sources.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed the talks to the Russian news agency TASS. It is expected that if the parties agree on free passage, 30 to 35 million tons of grain could be shipped within six to eight months.
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