Serhi Heyde, the head of the Luhansk region’s military administration, said on Friday that Russian forces had been able to make small profits in the Lisichansk region, taking parts of an oil refinery located on the outskirts of the city.
“The occupiers are attacking the Lisichansk oil refinery, occupying the northwestern and southeastern parts of the plant,” Heyde said in a Telegram post.
big picture: The General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces said: “[Russia] Luhansk is concentrating its main efforts to encircle our troops in the Lisichansk region from the south and west, in order to establish complete control over the area.
Heyday made a similar analysis.
“The enemy tried in vain to encircle the Ukrainian army, attacking Lisichansk from the south and west,” he said.
Heyde said Russian forces also launched a fresh attack on the Bakhmut-Licichansk highway, the main supply line in the city, but were repulsed by Ukrainian forces.
Inside the city: The situation remains critical for the approximately 15,000 residents living in Lysychansk.
“The residents of Lisichensk spent almost 24 hours in basements and houses. The shelling of the city is very intense,” said Heyde. “Many residential houses and industrial facilities caught fire.”
Elsewhere in eastern Ukraine, Russian forces have intensified shelling of Kramatorsk and Sloviask, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.