MOSCOW, June 20. /TASS/. There are some 5,000-7,000 Ukrainian troops in Lisichansk, Ambassador of the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) to Russia Rodion Miroshnik said on Monday.
"According to our data, there are some 5,000-7,000 Ukrainian soldiers in Lisichansk," he said in an interview with the Vecher (Evening) with Vladimir Solovyov program on the Rossiya-1 television channel.
The LPR People’s Militia has been advancing to Severodonetsk and Lisichansk since early March. Meanwhile, Ukrainian troops have organized defense in depth and are using civilians as a human shield. Apart from that, the operation to liberate these cities is complicated by the fact that several chemical enterprises are located in this region.