Ukraine has 10,000 troops in Severodonetsk, Lisichansk - Pasechnik

The group of Kiev forces in the Severodonetsk and Lisichansk areas numbers some 10,000 servicemen, Lugansk People’s Republic Head Leonid Pasechnik told Russia’s TASS news agency.

“Our main objective is to liberate Severdonetsk and Lisichansk,” Pasechnik said. “The group of Ukrainian forces numbers some 10,000 people on these axes.”
The LPR militia has been advancing toward Severdonetsk and Lisichansk since early March. Taking these settlements is a primary objective of the Republic’s Defence Ministry. The defence in depth organized by Kiev forces and their use of civilians as a human shield complicate 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, had gained a foothold in Severodonetsk.

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. As of now, some 95 percent of the LPR territory has been liberated.
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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large caliber artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn from the contact line under the accords. *i*t

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