In Severodonetsk, the situation today remains tense. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky did not withdraw troops from the city; instead, special forces and foreign mercenaries were deployed there. It is reported that Kyiv is preparing a plan to rescue the militants who are in the industrial zone, Voyennoye Obozreniye reports, citing Ukrainian sources.
The losses of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in this region are very large. In Lisichansk, near Severodonetsk, a strike group is being formed from nationalist battalions and units of the Ukrainian Special Operations Forces.
The purpose of its creation is to rescue foreign fighters from the territory of the Azot plant, the source said. Probably, this decision was made due to the capture by the Russian Armed Forces of citizens of Britain and the United States, as well as losses among mercenaries.
Lieutenant Colonel of the National Militia of the Luhansk People's Republic Andrey Marochko reports that on Azot, the soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the military from other states are hiding behind civilians:
"On the territory of the enterprise, groups of the Armed Forces of Ukraine moved in open areas, hiding behind people like a human shield. They let people in and ran from one building to another, thereby preventing us from inflicting fire damage. It is foreign mercenaries who have such tactics."
A full-fledged offensive is also impossible because of the chemicals that Ukrainian soldiers threaten to detonate, which could lead to an environmental disaster.
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