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Ukraine’s position has ‘worsened’ in fight for Severodonetsk

By Karoun Demirjian and Julian Duplain

06 Jun 2022 · 3 min read

Russia escalated its assault against Ukraine on the battlefield Monday, pummeling a city that has emerged as a key battleground in the east as Moscow expanded sanctions against those who have condemned its actions during the war.

The fight for Severodonetsk has "worsened for us," Serhiy Haidai, governor of the Luhansk region, said in a televised interview. Russian forces have been shelling and expanding their footprint in the city, though Ukrainian troops remain in control of its industrial zone.

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