LYSYCHANSK, Ukraine – A devastating attack on a building in the town of Lysychansk in the Russian-occupied region of Luhansk in eastern Ukraine has resulted in the deaths of at least 28 individuals. The region’s Moscow-installed head, Leonid Pasechnik, reported that the attack took place Saturday and that emergency services were able to rescue 10 people from under the rubble. Pasechnik additionally declared Sunday a day of mourning in the Luhansk People’s Republic for the victims of the attack.
Lysychansk, which was taken over by Russian forces in July 2022, became the last town in the key region of Luhansk in eastern Ukraine to fall. The town’s strategic location has made it a focal point in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia.
The Ukrainian defense ministry has not responded to the incident, adding to the escalating tension between the two countries. Ukraine’s military has been actively engaging in attacks on Russia and Russian-controlled territory as part of its ongoing ground offensive.
However, the Russian forces are equally determined to break through Ukraine’s defenses on the battlefield. The Ukrainian army has stated that they are currently in “deep defense mode.” As the conflict continues to unfold, Russian attention has been focused on encircling specific towns and strategic locations throughout the region.
This recent attack is just one in a series of violent incidents that have characterized the ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia. The devastating impact on the lives of civilians in the area underscores the urgent need for diplomatic solutions to bring an end to the hostilities.