Russian forces bombed an important railway hub and supply line for Ukrainian forces in the east of the country, according to a video posted on Thursday and Friday.
The video shows railroad trucks on fire in the town of Lyman, a few miles east of Sloviansk, in the Donetsk region.
Pavlo said that the Russians were trying “to advance from the north of the region, the neighboring Kharkiv region – in the direction of Lyman, and do everything in their power to get a direct path towards Sloviansk, Kramatorsk, to reach their strategic goals in the Donetsk region.” Kirilenko, head of the Donetsk Regional Military Administration.
Kirilenko insisted that “the enemy cannot penetrate. The city of Lyman is under the control of the Ukrainian armed forces.”
However, he said, the Russians were using artillery and air strikes to eliminate the settlements and prevent the Ukrainian defenders from fortifying their positions.
Kirilenko added that, with the exception of the city of Mariupol, approximately 1.7 million people lived in government-controlled parts of Donetsk on the eve of the war. Now there are about 370,000 civilians in the area.
Some basic information: Lyman was bombed as Russian forces continued their military offensive across the eastern regions of Ukraine.
And the General Staff of the Armed Forces said, on Friday, that the Russian forces are also trying to launch air raids in eastern Ukraine.
The Izyum region, located in the Kharkiv region, became a springboard for Russian troops as they attempted to advance through neighboring Donetsk and Luhansk. The Ukrainian military said that no offensive operations were carried out in that area in the last hours.
“The main effort was focused on reconnaissance, identification of defensive positions of units of the Ukrainian Defense Forces and their striking with artillery fire,” the General Staff said.
In the southeast, “in order to prevent the redeployment of our forces, the enemy is shelling positions with artillery, mortars and multiple rocket launchers along the entire line of contact,” the statement added.
CNN’s Julia Kisaeva contributed to this posting.