Latest Russia-Ukraine war news: Live updates

Latest Russia-Ukraine war news: Live updates

There is constant bloody fighting in and around a key eastern city, as Russia struggles to encircle Ukrainian troops there. In the northeast, a spate of attacks on civilians means a rising death toll, with local leaders projecting a protracted conflict.

Here are more updates from around the country:

Severodonetsk: “Hell battles” are ongoing in Severodonetsk, where Russia has been seeking control, Lugansk Governor Serhiy Haidai said on Wednesday. The mayor of Severodonetsk says that up to 8,000 people remain in the city from him. The British Ministry of Defense said on Wednesday that Russia is pushing to encircle the city from the north through Izyum and the south through Popasna.

Lysychansk: The city of Lysychansk “constantly suffers from enemy fire,” Haidai from Luhansk said on Telegram. The Washington-based Institute for the Study of War said Russian forces had advanced into the city, one of the few Ukrainian footholds in Luhansk, from the south, calling the advance a “clear setback” for Ukraine. Russia is likely to arrive in Lysychansk in the coming days, the institute predicted, and the city is preparing.

Kharkiv: Heavy shelling continued Wednesday in Kharkiv oblast, the northeastern province that borders Donbas, said Oleg Synegubov, the regional governor. At least 10 civilians were killed in attacks on three towns and cities, Synegubov said, and 10 others were wounded. Local leaders expect a protracted fight with Moscow troops here as they fight to prevent Ukrainian forces from advancing closer to the Russian border.

southeastern ukraine: Petro Andryushchenko, adviser to the mayor of Mariupol, said that large convoys of Russian military equipment were traveling to Berdyansk and Polohy in Ukraine’s southeastern Zaporizhzhia region.

The Black Sea: Ukraine’s military claimed it launched air strikes on the Russian-occupied Snake Island in the Black Sea on Tuesday, saying it inflicted “significant losses.” The Russian military said its air defenses “destroyed all enemy weapons” as Ukraine made “another crazy attempt” to reclaim the island. Satellite images released by the US company Maxar Technologies appeared to reinforce Ukraine’s claims.

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