Pasechnik appoints Nikolay Morgunov acting head of Severodonetsk administration

Lugansk People’s Republic Head Leonid Pasechnik has appointed Nikolay Morgunov acting head of the Severdonetsk administration, the press service of the LPR leader’s administration reported.

“Nikolay Morgunov has been appointed acting head of the Severodonetsk town administration by LPR Head’s decree,” the report said.

Earlier, Morgunov headed the Bryanka town administration.

LPR militiamen began to advance towards Severodonetsk and Lisichansk in early March; taking these towns was a priority of the LPR Defence Ministry. The defence in depth organized by Kiev forces and their use of civilians as a human shield complicated the liberation of the towns. On top of that, the area accommodates several large chemical companies. On May 29, the LPR Defence Ministry said that LPR militia units, supported by Russian forces, gained a foothold in Severodonetsk. On June 25, LPR militiamen and Russian forces took under full control the industrial zone of the Azot works in Severodonetsk. On the same day, the coalition forces entered Lisichansk. Both towns were liberated by early July.

On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a special military operation to protect Donbass residents from Ukrainian aggression. Earlier, LPR and DPR Heads Leonid Pasechnik and Denis Pushilin asked the Russian leader to provide military assistance. On July 3, the LPR militia and Russian armed forces fully liberated the LPR territory from Ukrainian armed formations.

The Ukrainian government launched the so-called anti-terrorist operation against Donbass in April 2014.  The peace talks participants have announced ceasefire more than 20 times since the autumn of 2014. Kiev forces regularly violated the truce opening fire with large caliber artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn from the contact line under the accords. *t

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