Even after three months of fighting for Severodonetsk and Lysychansk, during which the Russian army practically razed infrastructure and residential areas of these cities to the ground, many people are still pro-Russian. However, Ukrainian partisans have become increasingly active across the eastern Luhansk region, particularly since early July.

According to the Telegram channel of the Head of the Luhansk Regional State Administration, Sergey Gaidai – on August 11, partisans blew up a car transporting a Russian collaborator, who is now in hospital.

Explosions can be frequently heard on railway tracks, cutting off the occupiers from their supplies, while leaflets threatening the invaders have been pasted across the region.

On August 4, in occupied Belovodsk, local partisans shot at a car carrying the so-called “mayor” and his “deputy”. Both were injured according to Gaidai.

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On July 30, Ukrainian partisans burned the distribution box of the railway control. The explosion happened near the city of Ivanovo, making it impossible to manage traffic lights and crossings.

“Previously, the Russians used the Luhansk railway to transport ammunition to the front. Now they can’t use the line at all,” Gaidai said.

Earlier, the Armed Forces of Ukraine struck in the deep rear of the Luhansk region, causing the occupiers to lose several formations and a command center.

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At the beginning of July, the Ukrainian military was forced to leave the cities of Severodonetsk and Lysychansk after heavy fighting. The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that this decision was made based on an unequal balance of power with Russia and the desire to save people and resources.

Russian troops still have higher volumes of artillery, aviation, multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) and many more personnel.

According to Ukrainian authorities, there are 12,000 citizens left in Lysychansk, with many forced to pass through the occupiers’ “filtration” system. The Russians are also trying to mobilize men in the region to join their war against Ukraine.

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