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Ukrainian settlements that no longer exist due to constant fighting – Luhansk Oblast Head

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The head of the Luhansk Regional Military Administration, Serhii Haidai, at the 12 January briefing, a screenshot of a video/ Source: YouTube

The head of the Luhansk Regional Military Administration, Serhii Haidai, stated at the 12 January briefing that the Russian occupiers practically destroyed the settlements of Bilohorivka, Popasna, Kreminna, Rubizhne, Zolote, Hirske, and Lysychansk after more than four months of heavy fighting.

“The territory of Luhansk Oblast can be roughly divided into three sections: one section was occupied in 2014, the second section was occupied without heavy fighting after 24 February 2022, and there is a section of the Oblast where a line can be drawn from Kreminna: Kreminna, Rubizhne, Zolote, Hirske, Lysychansk, and Popasna,” stated Serhii Haidai.

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According to the head of Luhansk Oblast Military Administration, Bilohorivka and Popasna no longer exist as settlements due to constant shelling and completely destroyed infrastructure/ Source: Telegram channel, Ukraine Media Center – Ukrinform

According to Haidai, there have been active hostilities for about four and a half months. Some settlements, including Bilohorivka and Popasna, have vanished entirely due to thousands of daily attacks and constant hostilities.

There is no vital infrastructure there. The entire water utility and distribution system has been destroyed, including pumps, compressors, and treatment facilities.

Russian occupiers destroyed electricity substations. The modern, high-cost Kreminna substation, one of the best in Europe, was also destroyed. It met the needs of the entire oblast.

Furthermore, Russian occupiers have purposefully destroyed everything related to sewage and gas supply. The occupants attempted minor repairs here and there, but mainly for the cameras. Due to infrastructure damage, houses began exploding after being connected to the gas supply.

“None of the major cities have any water. They reopened the wells, but many residents were killed in fierce fighting. For a long time, no one removed the bodies. It was summer, and the temperature was between 32 and 34 degrees. The corpses contaminated the groundwater, making those who drank it sick,” explained Serhii Haidai.

According to Haidai, rural areas have fewer issues due to infrastructure independence. However, collecting firewood is challenging. Numerous individuals are being blown up by mines while searching for wood due to a lack of supply.

Haidai added that fierce battles are currently occurring on the Svatovo-Kreminna front and the second front near the Bilohorivka area.

Haidai urged people not to anticipate a decisive military breakthrough. He stated that the Russian occupiers had constructed a strong defense line and thoroughly mined the entire territory.

“Here, literally every meter of the Luhansk Oblast is being liberated under extremely difficult conditions,” said Haidai.

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