The Ukrainian army assured this Sunday (07.17.2022) that it still maintains control of two villages located in the eastern region of Lugansk, which the Russians claim to have taken completely, according to the head of the Regional Military Administration, Sergyi Haidai, in his Facebook page.
“This situation is exactly what is driving the Russians crazy, as they were ordered to reach (and occupy) as far as the administrative borders of the Luhansk region,” Haidai said. The invaders “repeatedly reported the completion of the task and probably received relevant awards for it, but they still cannot cover (with their forces) several remaining kilometers” in this region bordering Russia, he added.
Haidai explained that “one of the villages had already been captured by the occupants several times, but each time our army pushed the enemy back to the previous positions. However, the enemy does not stop: it returns and suffers losses again.”
As he specified, “Russian troops launched two air strikes yesterday. Four Russian missiles hit the settlements. In addition, the enemy opened massive artillery fire and launched four mortar attacks,” but they did not achieve their goals. Also yesterday “the Russian invaders tried to advance towards Verkhniokamianka (in Lugansk). They met stiff resistance, suffered losses and withdrew,” he explained in his message.
Russian troops also tried to attack the defense redoubts of the Ukrainian forces in the nearby town of Bilohorivka, but were unsuccessful.
Russia has been prioritizing its attacks on the Lugansk and Donetsk regions (both form Donbas) in eastern Ukraine for weeks, in order to extend a corridor that allows its troops to communicate with the south of the country, where it has controlled the Ukraine peninsula since 2014. Crimea and has recently taken over parts of the neighboring regions of Kherson and Zaporizhia.
The Russian Army assured days ago that it already controlled the entire Lugansk region after weeks of siege and achieved the fall of the strategic enclave of Severodonest. (EFE)