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BATTLE FOR LIMAN AND LIBERATION OF SVETLODARSK. SITUATION IN MORNING OF MAY 24 (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

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Russian flag over Svetlodarsk
The situation around the town of Liman is developing. On May 23, the Russian Army broke through a heavily fortified area of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and entered the town from the northern direction from the stronghold in the settlement of Stavki. Under the Russian pressure, AFU units leaved the northern and western parts of the town and crossed the railways located on the western outskirts.

In the morning of May 24, Russian forces continued the advance to capture the city. Russian artillery hit positions of AFU units in the eastern and southern parts of the city. At the same time, street fighting reportedly continued in the urban areas in the center of Liman and its north. Some DPR and LPR sources initially claimed that the town came under a full control of Russian troops. Nonetheless, these reports appeared to be premature despite the bad situation for Kyiv’s forces.


ρrø-Russian sources reported that a large number of Kyiv’s troops surrendered to Russian forces. Some sources claimed that up to 500 ρrø-Kyiv fighters surrendered there. This number remains unconfirmed. However, at least several dozens of Kyiv’s troops were likely captured.

The fall of Liman will mark an important breakthrough in positional clashes in the Izum countryside and predetermine the fate of Svyatogorsk. Thus, Russian forces will be able to shorten the frontline on this particular area and even further expand their foothold around Slovyansk and Kramatorsk.

Photos from the ground show significant losses of Kyiv’s forces in military equipment in recent clashes in the Izum sector:

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It is likely that after the full liberation of Liman, Kyiv’s units will try to retreat towards Slovyansk and use this city as their main strong point in the area.

At the same time, Kyiv’s forces continue attempts to defend their positions in the Severodonetsk-Lysichansk agglomeration despite the collapse of their defense north and south of it, which created a threat of the encirclement of the grouping of Kyiv’s forces there.

In the morning of May 24, Russian-led forces established a full control over the town of Svetlodarsk, which is located northeast of Gorlovka. This town, as well as earlier liberated Popasnaya, was heavily fortified points of Kyiv’s forces.

Popasnaya:
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Moreover, the highway between Bahmut and Lysichansk is already cut off by forward units of the Russian military.

Continued attempts of the Ukrainian leadership to keep control over the Severodonetsk-Lysichansk agglomeration are even worsening chances of its forces to survive in this particular part of the combat zone. In the current conditions, the grouping of Kyiv’s forces involved in clashes there will be inevitably neutralized.
 

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