According to the head of Luhansk military administration Serhiy Hayday, 90% of the city has been destroyed, the Armed Forces of Ukraine are holding the defense in prepared positions.

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"Part of the Ukrainian troops" have now "retreated to more advantageous, pre-prepared positions," said Hayday, while other troops continue "fighting inside the city." If Russian forces gain control of Severodonetsk, the neighboring city of Lysychansk will be the only urban area of any size in Luhansk to remain under Ukrainian control.