Ukrainian forces receive withdrawal order from Sievierodonetsk, says governor

Ukraine’s forces will have to retreat from Sievierodonetsk, a regional governor said on Friday, after weeks of fierce fighting against the Russians on the battlefield in the eastern city.

“Ukrainian armed forces will have to retreat from Sievierodonetsk. They received an order to do so,” Sergiy Gaiday, governor of the Luhansk region, which includes the city, said on Telegram.

“Staying in positions that have been relentlessly bombed for months just doesn’t make sense.”

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The city was “almost turned to rubble” by continuous bombing, he said.

“All critical infrastructure has been destroyed. Ninety percent of the city is damaged, 80 percent (of) the houses will have to be demolished,” he said.

Capturing Sievierodonetsk in the Donbas area has been one of the main goals of the Russians, who seek to conquer a swath of eastern Ukraine.

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