Reference News Network reported on May 22 that according to the German news agency Kyiv, the Ukrainian General Staff reported that following the fall of the port city of Mariupol, the eastern and southern parts of the country were attacked by Russian troops on the 21st.
According to the war report, the Russian army continued to attack eastern Ukraine, and a total of 11 attacks were repelled.
A local governor also said heavy fighting is taking place in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine, raising fears that Russia will advance further after capturing Mariupol and the Azov steel plant.
The city of Severo-Donetsk in eastern Ukraine has been hit by artillery fire for days, causing many casualties, according to Luhansk Oblast Governor Sergei Gaidai.
However, he refuted Russian Defense Minister Shoigu's statement that Russia is about to completely occupy the Luhansk region.
According to reports, the Russian army is trying to take full control of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions and obtain a land corridor to the Crimean peninsula in the Black Sea.
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