Ukraine Struggle: Lysychansk, the final remaining Japanese stronghold, might quickly fall, Zelenskyy advisor predicts

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A serious metropolis and the final remaining stronghold in Japanese Ukraine might quickly fall to Russian forces, a senior advisor to Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy mentioned.

Lysychansk, within the Japanese province of Luhansk, might fall as Russian forces proceed their assault on town and look to finish their siege of its sister metropolis Sievierodonetsk, in response to Zelenskyy adviser Oleksiy Arestovych.

The 2 Ukrainian cities are separated by the Siverskyi Donets River, with Sievierodonetsk within the north and Lysychansk to the south. Final month, President Zelenskyy mentioned the 2 cities stood in the way in which of complete Russian management within the area.

LYSYCHANSK, UKRAINE -- JUNE 13, 2022: A view of Severodonetsk, as seen from Lysychansk, Ukraine, Monday June 13, 2022. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

LYSYCHANSK, UKRAINE — JUNE 13, 2022: A view of Severodonetsk, as seen from Lysychansk, Ukraine, Monday June 13, 2022. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Instances through Getty Photos)

Whereas Russian forces have been attacking each cities in current weeks, their occupation of Sievierodonetsk gives them a brand new strategic benefit as these forces had been seen crossing the river and coming into Lysychansk from the north, the adviser mentioned.

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“This is indeed a threat [and] I do not rule out any one of a number of outcomes here,” Arestovych mentioned, in response to Reuters. “Things will become much more clear within a day or two.”

A column of smoke rises from an industrial area outside of  Lysychansk, Ukraine, Monday June 13, 2022. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

A column of smoke rises from an industrial space exterior of  Lysychansk, Ukraine, Monday June 13, 2022. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Instances through Getty Photos)
(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Instances through Getty Photos)

The autumn of the ultimate holdout for Ukrainian troops within the area will shift the panorama of the struggle, the adviser cautioned.

“If Lysychansk is taken, strategically it becomes more difficult for the Russians to continue their offensive. The front lines will be flatter and there will be a frontal attack rather than from the flanks,” Arestovych predicted, per the report.

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Conversely, weapons and ammunition from the West might lead to Ukraine’s profitable protection of the city, he mentioned.

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“The more Western weapons come to the front, the more the picture changes in favor of Ukraine,” the advisor added.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visits the front-line positions of Ukrainian military in Donbass, Ukraine on December 06, 2021. (Photo by Ukrainian Presidency / Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visits the front-line positions of Ukrainian army in Donbass, Ukraine on December 06, 2021. (Picture by Ukrainian Presidency / Handout/Anadolu Company through Getty Photos)
(Picture by Ukrainian Presidency / Handout/Anadolu Company through Getty Photos)

Russian separatist forces have already claimed management of town — although they haven’t “liberated it” — whereas Ukrainian officers have disputed this declare.  

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Final month, President Zelenskyy confirmed that Russian forces occupied 20 p.c of Ukraine, together with a lot of the Donbas area, which incorporates Luhansk within the east and Donetsk within the South.

“The Russian army has already destroyed almost the entire Donbas. Once one of the most powerful industrial centers in Europe is simply devastated,” Zelenskyy mentioned on June 2. “The occupiers are destroying it city after city.”

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“We still don’t even know exactly how many of our people were killed by the occupiers. At least tens of thousands – tens of thousands in a little less than 100 days,” he added.

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