Europe 1 with AFP 9:40 p.m., June 27, 2022 At least eight Ukrainian civilians were killed and 21 others injured in a Russian bombardment on Monday while they were collecting water in Lyssytchansk (east), twin city of that of Severodonetsk recently conquered by Moscow forces, regional governor announced recently by Moscow forces, the regional governor said. “Russians fired into a crowd of people” “The Russians fired into a crowd of people with Hurricane multiple rocket launchers, as civilians were collecting water from a cistern. Eight residents died, 21 were taken to hospital,” Sergey Gaidai, governor of the Lugansk region, said on Telegram. Lysytchansk is the last major city left to be conquered by the Russians in the Lugansk region, one of the two provinces of the Donbass industrial basin. “Catastrophic destruction” This locality is the next target of Russian forces after their occupation of Severodonetsk, after several weeks of fighting which ravaged the two cities and which also caused the death of dozens of civilians. It is the last major city that remains to be conquered for the Russians in the region of Lugansk, one of the two provinces of the industrial basin of Donbass. The Ukrainian army announced on Friday its withdrawal from Severodonetsk to better defend Lyssytchansk, where street clashes are taking place according to pro-Russian separatists fighting alongside Moscow forces. Mr Gaïdaï had reported last week that the fighting was causing “catastrophic destruction” in Lysytchansk, which had around 100,000 inhabitants before the war.
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