According to the Ukrainian armed forces, they have withdrawn from the city of Lysychansk. A further defense of the city would have had fatal consequences, according to the military leadership of Ukraine. In order to save the lives of the Ukrainian soldiers, the decision to withdraw was made.
Lysychansk was the last Ukrainian fortress in Luhansk province. Russia had previously announced that it had completely conquered Luhansk. Its conquest is one of the war goals named by Russia.
In the last week of June, the Ukrainian military had to give up the city of Sievjerodonetsk, which is only separated from Lysychank by a river. Before the war that Russia started at the end of February, around 380,000 people lived in the metropolitan area.