“They [Ukrainian soldiers] have two options: either follow the example of their colleagues and give up, or die. They don’t have any other option,” said Eduard Basurin, deputy head of the People’s Militia Department in the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), according to Russian state media outlet RIA Novosti. Russian forces are now in control of most of Severodonetsk, the epicenter of the battle for Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region. Ukrainian lines to the city do not appear to be totally severed.
Serhiy Hayday, head of the Luhansk region military administration, said on Monday that although the Ukrainians in the military administration were still trying to evacuate some people from the region of Luhansk, the scale of bombardment was limiting their efforts.