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Ukraine says ‘half’ of Severodonetsk . to have in your hands

Ukraine said on Sunday its forces had controlled half of Severodonetsk, while Kiev’s army was pushing back Russia’s attempt to push back the eastern city, key to the battle for the Donbas region.

But Lugansk’s regional governor Sergiy Gaiday said they expected a major counter-attack from Russian forces in the coming days.

“Our armed forces have cleared half of the industrial center of Russian troops,” Gaiday said in an interview on his official social media channels.

“Half of the city is actually controlled by our troops.”

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Severodonetsk is the largest city remaining in Ukrainian hands in the Lugansk region, which is part of Donbas. Russian troops have gradually advanced there in recent weeks, after withdrawing or being driven back from other areas, including around the capital Kiev.

After being pushed back by a Russian offensive on the city, Ukrainian forces have steadily pushed back there.

Gaiday said Russian forces had been tasked with taking control of the city by Friday, as well as a major transport artery connecting two other nearby cities, Lysychansk and Bakhmut.

“We expect in the near future that all the reserves that they have access to now — all the reserves, all the personnel that they have — will deploy them to perform these two tasks,” Gaiday said.

“In the next five days there will be a big increase in the number of heavy artillery shelling,” from the Russian side.

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