The town of Lugansk in eastern Ukraine, has almost been destroyed by fighting and two-thirds of its population, over 400,000 people have left the city, as reported Thursday separatist militias. “In Lugansk is no more than a third of its population,” said a pro spokesman. Kiev also has “postponed ” into the country of the convoy, which takes more than a week at the border with humanitarian aid from Russia. Reuters, however, said that ” the truck have started to move ” towards Ukraine but still remain on the Russian side of the border. Ukrainian Economy Minister, Pavlo Sheremeta, has resigned as Thursday, to his ” frustration ” at not achieving a recovery in the Ukrainian economy.
Lugansk, which is the second rebel stronghold in the breakaway region of Donbas basin, has been the scene of fierce fighting between pro-Russian militias and government troops began months ago. ” From the city virtually nothing left: half of the buildings have been destroyed or damaged, no light or running water,” he told the Interfax news agency a spokesman for the pro-Russian militias. This week, Kiev troops regained control of the city which would be a major defeat for the pro-Russian separatists.
The command Ukrainian troops reported Thursday on its Facebook page that government forces ” continue the offensive,” and that “the enemy suffered heavy casualties.” Andriy Lysenko, a Ukrainian military spokesman said Tuesday that its army has also captured two armored vehicles belonging to pro-Russian militias. Drivers have escaped, according to the same spokesperson.
While. Kiev delayed entry into the country of the convoy of more than 200 trucks with 2,000 tons of Russian humanitarian aid. The BBC says that four vans are already in free zone.