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Officials: Russian assaults on Luhansk intensify

Russian forces launch up to 170 attacks per day in Luhansk Oblast, targeting civilians, Luhansk Oblast head said.
Ukrainian defenders somewhere on the flontline. Credit: Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy via Telegram

Russian army intensifies shelling of Luhansk Oblast and engages additional forces for assaults, Luhansk Oblast head Artem Lysohor said on Svoboda.Ranok.

Russia aims to capture all of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts and recapture the territory Russian forces lost in Zaporizhzhia Oblast during the Ukrainian counteroffensive in 2023, Ukrainian Tavriisk Group General Oleksandr Tarnavskyi previously said in an interview with BBC.

Russian troops carry out between 150 to 170 attacks per day in Luhansk Oblast, using aviation, mortars and artillery, according to Lysohor.

“During the most powerful attacks in the summer, there were 450-470 attacks; now, the Russian military launches about 600 shells,” said Lysohor.

According to him, Russian forces have brought in a whole other army with strong air support over the past month. There are territorial troops and paratroopers, including the newly formed Storm V and Storm Z groups, which they throw at the positions first, so-called ‘meat assaults.’

“Between 5 to 15 shells, mines, or bombs fall on settlements every day. Russian troops are striking civilian populations,” according to Lysohor.

On 3 December, Ukrainian Forces attacked an oil depot located in Russian-occupied Luhansk, the Strategic Communications Department of Ukraine’s Armed Forces reported.

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