Ukrainian Forces Ordered To Withdraw From Key Eastern City
Ukrainian forces have been ordered to withdraw from Severodonetsk, according to the top regional official.
The Eastern city has endured weeks of bombardment, as Russian Forces try to take complete control of the region. A Ukrainian retreat would be significant because it would leave all of Luhansk under Russian control, except for the city of Lysychansk.
Luhansk, a mainly Russian-speaking region in Eastern Ukraine, is a key priority for President Vladimir Putin. Together with the Donetsk region, it makes up what is collectively known as the Donbas, which is a large, industrial area that has been the focus of a Russian-backed separatist movement since 2014.
Russian President, Vladimir Putin, allegedly claimed that Russian speakers in the Donbas have been victims of genocide, which is a key justification for his invasion of Ukraine. In turn, Ukraine is accusing Moscow of committing genocide against the Ukrainian people with the indiscriminate bombing and shelling.