Ukraine has ordered the withdrawal of its troops from the battleground twin city of Sievierodonetsk, where Russian forces have slowly advanced over the last several weeks, Luhansk governor Serhiy Gaidai said on Friday.
"Ukrainian armed forces will have to retreat from Sievierodonetsk. They have received an order to do so," the governor of the region, which includes the city, said on Telegram.
"Remaining in positions smashed to pieces over many months just for the sake of staying there does not make sense," the governor said.
Sievierodonetsk is the last major city in the Luhansk region still partially under Ukrainian control.
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