Constant, intense fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forces has been happening for weeks in both cities. Ukrainian forces in the cities have held on, despite intense bombardments by Russian artillery.

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Russian forces continue to try to advance into – and past – the two key cities in Ukraine's Donbas region.

Just outside of the city, satellite images show a Russian multiple rocket launch systems pointed toward the city. Scorch marks around one of the systems is a telltale sign that its rockets have targeted Severodonetsk. Towed artillery nearby are also pointed toward the city.

Situation in villages

  • Explosions in the village of Bohorodychne can be seen near a blown bridge.
  • In the village of Dolyna, smoke is rising from an incoming artillery salvo. In the images, craters from past explosions can also be viewed in a nearby field.
  • A field full of craters outside of the village of Dovhenke shows just how many artillery strikes have fallen in the area, as it is completely covered.