Explosions rock Ukraine’s capital as Russia takes control of Severodonetsk – Reuters

According to the mayor, ambulance crews and rescuers are already on the scene and local residents are being rescued and evacuated.

Meanwhile, Russian troops have taken full control of the main eastern industrial center of Severodonetsk.

The major city of Severodonetsk has come under full control of the Lugansk People’s Republic, Russian military spokesman Lt. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said in a statement on Saturday, RT reported.

He said the LPR towns of Severodonetsk and Borovskoye, as well as the settlements of Voronovo and Sirotino, had been “completely liberated” following “successful offensive operations” by republican forces, which were supported by the Russian troops.

Today’s announcement means that “all territory on the left bank of the Seversky Donets River within the borders of the Lugansk People’s Republic has come under its full control”, the spokesperson added.

Earlier this month, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called Severodonetsk “the epicenter of the confrontation in Donbass”.

“In many ways the fate of our Donbass is being decided there,” he said.

Karpenko’s announcement came shortly after Ukrainian presidential aide Alexey Arestovich revealed that the country’s armed forces had lost around 10,000 men. He claimed, however, that Moscow’s losses were several times greater.

Moscow did not disclose its most recent losses in equipment or personnel.

Christi C. Elwood