Militia units of the Luhansk People's Republic took control of two settlements — Gorskoye and Zolotoye.
Earlier, Assistant Minister of the Interior of the LPR, Vitaly Kiselev, said that about 1,300 servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and mercenaries were surrounded in Gorskoye and Zolotoye.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine later recognized the loss of control over the village of Loskutovka and the village of Rai-Aleksandrovka, located south of Lisichansk and north of Gorskoye and Zolotoye.
About 2,000 servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU), surrounded in the area of the settlements of Gorskoye and Zolotoye, expressed their desire to surrender to the allied forces, LPR Ambassador to Russia Rodion Miroshnik said, RIA Novosti reports.
The ring around the settlements of Gorskoye and Zolotoye was closed on June 22. As the ambassador explained, Ukrainian artillery had been shelling the LPR from those settlements for the past eight years.
According to the LPR military, the surrounded Ukrainian servicemen have not begun to surrender yet. The Ukrainian troops started showing signals indicating such an intention, Miroshnik said. The fighting in the settlements continues.
"There are military men who are ready to lay down their arms, because they understand the futility of their resistance,” Miroshnik said.
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