Ukraine's commander-in-chief reports on situation at the frontline, justifies withdrawal in Luhansk Oblast
23 June, 2022

The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valeriy Zaluzhnyi briefly reported on the situation at the front. In a Telegram post on June 23, he stressed that Ukrainian defenders are having a very hard time, but the situation remains under control.

"The price of freedom is high. It is very difficult for us, because the fire advantage is on the side of the enemy. Despite everything, we hold on. The situation is difficult, but under control," the commander-in-chief stressed.

He notes that the Armed Forces are forced to conduct mobile defense and occupy more advantageous frontiers and positions.

"But every meter of land occupied by the invader is drenched with his blood," Zaluzhny said.

Situation at the front

On the morning of June 23, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that Russian occupation forces in the Severodonetsk area had seized the settlements of Loskutivka and Rai-Oleksandrivka, and were storming to establish control over the settlement of Syrotyne.

Also, according to the army command, the occupiers were preparing to ford the Siverskyi Donets River.

The fiercest fighting continues in Luhansk Oblast. On the morning of June 23, regional governor Serhiy Hayday said that the Russians had gathered all reserves for the assault on Severodonetsk and the Zolote-Toshkivka route. Currently, the Lysychansk-Bakhmut route is unpassable, other connections are used.