Ukraine alleges its soldiers are being shelled by Russia in the eastern city of Lysychansk, but denies being encircled.
It is the last Ukrainian-held city in the industrial Donbas area of Luhansk. Last month, Russia took the adjacent city of Severodonetsk.
“We hardly have time to put out the huge flames in Lysychansk,” stated Serhiy Haidai, governor of Luhansk.
Russia has also launched further missiles on cities in the north and south.
A series of assaults destroyed railway tracks and power cables in the northern city of Kharkiv. There were no recorded casualties.
Several explosions shook the southern city of Mykolaiv, which is on a crucial road to the port city of Odesa.
The Russian defense ministry claimed that its air force destroyed five Ukrainian command stations and multiple munitions dumps, although this allegation has yet to be independently verified.
The explosions occurred just one day after Russia murdered more than 20 people in a missile attack on a block of apartments near Odesa.
Russia is concentrating its ground attack in the Donbas, and Governor Haidai reported artillery bombardment from many directions on Lysychansk.
However, a spokesperson for the Ukraine National Guard refuted allegations by Russian-backed Luhansk rebels that they had ringed the city.
The placement of the Soviet flag at a military monument in Lysychansk has not been verified, according to Russian authorities.
The Russian-backed rebels in Luhansk claimed to have “taken the final key heights, allowing us to certify that Lysychansk is entirely encircled.”
According to the UK Defence Ministry’s latest intelligence assessment, Russian forces “continue to accomplish limited advances near Lysychansk, including air and artillery attacks.”
It also accuses Russia of utilizing Soviet-era anti-ship missiles “in a secondary land assault role,” which