Amid intensified fighting in Eastern Ukraine’s Severodonetsk, the Russians have gained some traction in invading the city by destroying the bridges connecting the city to western areas of Ukraine. In effect, this also cuts off the last remaining routes for civilian evacuations from the city, drawing parallels to the southern port city of Mariupol, where the Russians gained full control of the city last month.

Luhansk Regional Governor Serhiy Gaidai revealed that the last bridge to Severodonetsk had been destroyed, trapping Ukrainian forces and Severodonetsk residents within the city. He did, however, say that the city was not surrounded by Russian forces, which enables Ukrainian forces to still operate in the area, albeit at a limited capacity as military access to the city has been restrained due to the damage to roads and bridges.

“It is now fully impossible, unfortunately, to drive into the city, to deliver something to the city. Evacuation is impossible,” Gaidai stated. Furthermore, he reported through Telegram that Ukraine still remains in control of several portions of the city, but it was no longer possible to transport humanitarian cargoes to the Ukrainian-held cities. They may use helicopters to transport these goods to the residents of the city. However, these helicopters might get shot down as Russians control the majority of Severodonetsk.

“The situation in Sievierodonetsk is extremely aggravated – the Russians are destroying high-rise buildings and Azot,” Gaidai added.

SOFREP reported last June 4 that some 20% of Ukrainian territory has fallen into Russian control. This translates to some 48,262 square miles (125,000 square km). This estimate reportedly includes Crimea, which was annexed in 2014, and portions of Donbas that had been in Russian control prior to the 2022 invasion (Russian-occupied Donetsk and Luhansk).