The head of the Luhansk People's Republic, Leonid Pasechnik, also counts on the complete encirclement of Lisichansk in the next two or three days
Chemical plant “Azot” in Severodonetsk
Luhansk people's militia continues fighting for the industrial zone of the Azot chemical plant; in Severodonetsk and in the near future this territory will be taken under control, said in an interview with Komsomolskaya Pravda head of the Lugansk People's Republic Leonid Pasechnik.
“Today, the Luhansk People's Militia continues to fight for the industrial zone of the Azot plant” in Severodonetsk. According to the reports that I receive, we hope that the industrial zone will be vacated in the near future, & mdash; he said.
Pasechnik also said that in the next two or three days the ring around Lisichansk, where Ukrainian forces remain, will be completely closed.
“I don’t want to reveal any secrets of the military, but I hope Lisichansk will be cleared very soon from Ukrainian nationalists»,— he said.
The official representative of the People's Militia of the LPR, Andrei Marochko, said that the Ukrainian military surrendered en masse in the area of Severodonetsk and Lisichansk, among them mostly privates and “not a single officer.” According to him, the Ukrainian command retreated in anticipation of the encirclement.
“Now, both locally and en masse, surrender is taking place along the entire front line in this area. This also applies to the Lysichansk-Severodonetsk grouping, this also applies to the Gorsko-Zolotovskaya grouping, — said Marochko in the program “Time will tell” on Channel One.
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Russian troops and LNR forces took control of Severodonetsk (since 2014 it was the regional center of the Luhansk region of Ukraine instead of Lugansk) at the end of May, reported Head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that the residential areas of the city were “liberated”, but Ukrainian military personnel remained in industrial areas, including the territory of the largest chemical plant in Ukraine, Azot.
Lysichansk is located southwest of Severodonetsk and remains the last large city within the borders of the Luhansk region of Ukraine, which is not under the control of the LPR. The republic's ambassador to Russia, Rodion Miroshnik, said earlier that the People's Militia took control of the only road from Kyiv-controlled Seversk to Lysichansk, cutting off 5-7 thousand Ukrainian military from the supply.
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