LUGANSK, October 3. /TASS/. Ukrainian troops have ended up trapped in a kill zone upon their attempt to penetrate into the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) and are now being annihilated by the allied forces of the Donbass republics and the Russian army, LPR people’s militia officer Andrey Marochko told TASS on Monday.
"The Ukrainian forces entered a fire pocket and are being actively eliminated by our troops. They managed to advance to a distance of 1.5-2 km and this was done so that [Ukrainian President Vladimir] Zelensky could joyfully announce new successes, but he is silent about the fact that he has sent his fighters to their deaths," the LPR people’s militia officer said.
"They [the Ukrainian troops] are now being pounded by the firepower of our forces and the forces of the Russian Federation from three directions, namely, from the north, the east and the south and all those who entered the [administrative] territory of the Lugansk People’s Republic are being persistently destroyed," he added.
LPR Assistant Interior Minister Vitaly Kiselyov said earlier on Monday that the Ukrainian military had sought to break through towards the Lisichansk oil refinery but came up against stiff resistance from the allied forces, who quashed their attempt. He further specified that the communities of Kremennaya, Lisichansk, Rubezhnoye and Svatovo were currently under artillery fire and heavy fighting was occurring in the area of Kremennaya.