Ukraine loses 90% of troops involved in Severodonetsk battles
The battle in Severodonetsk has caused Ukraine a 90% loss of troops, according to Mikhail Mizintsev.
Multiple Ukrainian units have lost up to 90% of their military troops in the fighting for Severodonetsk and are currently fleeing toward Lysychansk, according to Mikhail Mizintsev, the head of Russia's National Defense Control Center.
"Units of the Ukrainian armed forces, having suffered critical losses (in multiple units — up to 90%) during the battles for Severodonetsk, are retreating in the direction of Lysychansk," Mizintsev said.
The national defense also reported earlier that Ukrainian nationalists set fire to a wooden monastery as they fled from Svyatogorsk on Saturday.
"Ukrainian nationalists on June 4 set fire to a wooden monastery of the Svyatogorsk Dormition Laura as Ukraine’s 79th air assault brigade retreated from the town of Svyatogorsk of the Donetsk People’s Republic," the Ministry said in a statement.
A few days ago, Russian troops surged deeper into a key eastern Ukrainian city on Monday in light of the European Union's decision to embargo most Russian oil imports by the end of the year.