Russian forces have attacked more than 40 towns in the eastern Donbas and Luhansk regions, Ukraine’s military said.
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“The occupiers fired at more than 40 towns in Donetsk and Luhansk region, destroying or damaging 47 civilian sites, including 38 homes and a school. As a result of this shelling five civilians died and 12 were wounded,” the Joint Task Force of Ukraine’s armed forces said on Facebook.
In the past month, Russia has trained its focus on taking full control of the Donbas region.
Russia has sent thousands of troops into the region, attacking from three sides in an attempt to encircle Ukrainian forces holding out in the cities of Severodonetsk and Lysychansk. Their fall would leave the whole of Luhansk province under Russian control, a key Kremlin war aim.
On Sunday, Luhansk Governor Serhiy Gaidai had accused Russia of adopting a “scorched-earth approach” in its efforts to capture Severodonetsk.
Mr Gaidai warned that Russian forces have destroyed all but one bridge across the Donets river and said that the city is at risk of being cut off.