According to pro-Russian officials and propagandists, Ukrainian forces have continued their counteroffensive and moved into the Luhansk region after retaking the crucial eastern Ukrainian city of Lyman over the weekend.
Andrey Marochko, a military official of the self-declared Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR), posted on Telegram on Monday that “the Armed Forces of Ukraine managed to cross the administrative border of the LPR and obtain a footing in the direction of the settlement of Lysychansk.”
Nearly the whole Luhansk area of Ukraine is under Russian control; at the end of September, Ukrainian forces liberated the Luhansk settlement of Bilohorivka.
According to a pro-Russian journalist, military blogger, and analyst, Ukrainian forces have kept up their onslaught towards the Russian-occupied towns of Svatove and Kreminna in the Luhansk region.
Yuriy Podolyaka posted on Telegram, “It was decided to evacuate our grouping to the line of the Zherebets River, which was done tonight, in face of the threat to our grouping in the vicinity of the hamlet of Borova.
The enemy is not very active today in the vicinity of Kreminna, but the concentration of soldiers indicates that a new offensive in this direction (towards Svatove and Kreminna) should start at any moment, the general claimed.
According to a military representative for the so-called People’s Militia of the Luhansk People’s Republic, Kyiv is now moving into the Luhansk area.
“Andrey Marochko was quoted by the Luhansk Media Center as saying, “Now the Ukrainian media have began to very actively broadcast information that the Armed Forces of Ukraine have crossed the administrative boundary of the LPR, and they are gloating.
However, there are currently no administrative boundaries for the military; in fact, Ukrainian forces have entered “the fire bag” and are actively being destroyed by our forces “Marochko threw in.