Ukrainian forces will have to withdraw from Severodonetsk, the regional governor said on Friday after weeks of heavy fighting with Russian troops in this strategic city in the east of the country.

“The Ukrainian armed forces will have to withdraw from Severodonetsk. They have received an order to do so.”said on Telegram Sergei Gaidai, governor of the Lugansk region where this industrial city is located.

“Staying in positions that have been bombed incessantly for months is pointless,” he added.

The city has been “almost turned to rubble” by continuous bombing, the governor said.

“All critical infrastructure has been destroyed. 90% of the city is damaged, 80% of the houses will have to be demolished”he explained.

The conquest of Severodonetsk, in the Donbas area, is a key objective of the Russians in their attempt to gain control of eastern Ukraine.

With information from AFP.

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