Russia has drawn all its reserves to the Luhansk region, stated the head of Luhansk Regional Military Administration, Serhiy Gaidai.
He stressed that large-scale enemy attacks are to be expected in the coming days.
"The russians have thrown all their reserves in the Severodonetsk and Bakhmut directions. They are trying to establish full control over the regional center and cut off the Lysychansk-Bakhmut route... The situation in the satellite villages of Severodonetsk is difficult. There was heavy fighting in Metiolkine. We are waiting for the night's events," said Gaidai.
He stressed that the occupiers were unsuccessful in combat and died en masse.
The head of the Luhansk region also noted that people in the warehouses of the Azot plant refused to evacuate.
British intelligence reported that Russia was unilaterally declaring humanitarian corridors allegedly for the evacuation of Ukrainians from Severodonetsk. The city's population may be deported deep into the temporarily occupied territory.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that as a result of shelling and assault operations, enemy units had partially succeeded in the village of Metolkine, trying to gain a foothold here.