Pro-Russia militiamen fire shells at besieged Luhansk city.

Pro-Russia militiamen firing shells at already devastated buildings allegedly occupied by Ukrainian soldiers in besieged Sievierodonetsk.

Newsflash obtained the footage from the People's Militia (NM) of the LPR (Luhansk People's Republic) earlier today (Friday, 27th May).

The video shows soldiers in a rural area loading shells into an artillery system, which they proceed to fire.

The clip intersperses these shots with images of already heavily-damaged buildings in an urban area being blasted.

The militia said (in Russian): "Artillerymen of the NM LPR destroyed the stronghold of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Severodonetsk."

Severodonetsk is the transliterated spelling of the Russian name for the embattled city of Sievierodonetsk, which LPR forces are fighting fiercely to gain control of.

Heavy fighting is currently going on on the outskirts of the city, which is under almost continuous shelling as pro-Russia troops try to capture it.

The mayor of Sievierodonetsk said 60 per cent of housing in the city had been completely destroyed and up to 90 per cent of buildings damaged.

Elsewhere, pro-Russia forces have gained control of city of Lyman in Donetsk Oblast, according to Ukrainian officials, following what they called a well-organised attack.

And 10 have been killed and up to 35 wounded following Russian missile strikes on a Ukrainian military base in Dnipro Raion in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast.

Officials are claiming that Russian forces have scattered up to 500 Soviet-era mines in the Black Sea, making it impossible for Ukraine to export goods from its ports.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported earlier today that from 24th February to 27th May, Russia had lost about 29,750 troops in addition to 1,322 tanks, 3,246 armoured fighting vehicles, 623 artillery systems, 201 multiple launch rocket systems, 93 air defence systems, 206 warplanes, 170 helicopters, 503 unmanned aerial vehicles, 115 cruise missiles, 13 warships, 2,226 military vehicles and fuel tankers, and 48 units of special equipment.

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