May 28, 2022, Lysychansk, Ukraine: Soldiers seen moving on a tank and vehicles in the outskirts of the city, close to Severodonetsk. Lysychansk is a city on the high right bank of the Donets River in the Luhansk region. The city is part of a metropolitan area including Severodonetsk and Rubizhne the three towns constitute one of Ukraine s largest chemical complexes. Lysychansk is now the frontline since the Russian troops destroyed the bridge connecting Severodonetsk to Lysychansk. Russian troops are attacking the city and moving towards it. The Russian army occupies the main road that connects Lysychansk to Kramatorsk. Lysychansk Ukraine - ZUMAs197 20220528_zaa_s197_141 Copyright: xRickxMavex

Yesterday night there were initial reports on social media that Ukraine was giving up Lysychansk, the last place it controlled in the Luhansk region, and was evacuating the city. There is evidence that there was still fighting today, and the troops were prevented from being surrounded.

But it is unlikely that Ukraine will hold the city for long. Here, too, Russia is slowly advancing under widespread artillery and rocket fire, especially from the south.

The locations for the next fights further west have been in the news for a few days: Seversk, which is around 30 kilometers from Lysychansk. Then come Slowjansk and Kramatorsk, another 50 car kilometers to the west. What at first glance seems like a short way is a huge distance in this battle of attrition. As a reminder, it took Russia about two months to capture the Ukrainian-held areas of Luhansk. The core was an area of ​​around 20 square kilometers. This corresponds to the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg district of Berlin.

You can read tomorrow on why Moscow’s army was ultimately successful in the battle for Luhansk and what is threatening the Donbass in the coming weeks – and of course here in the newsletter.

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