At least 1,500 people have been killed in the Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk, where fierce fighting is taking place between Ukrainian troops and the Russian army, said Mayor Alexander Struck, the mayor of Severodonetsk.
The mayor said that Severodonetsk was still staying, although a Russian sabotage and intelligence group had already entered a hotel in the city.
There are still 12 or 13 thousand people left in the city, but 60% of residential buildings have been demolished, the mayor said.
Severodonetsk is located in the only part of the Luhansk region that is still controlled by the Ukrainian government. Russian troops are trying to cut the city out of the rest of Ukraine.
Struk said the main road between the neighboring city of Lysichansk and the city of Bahmut is still open, but traveling on it is dangerous. Only 12 people managed to evacuate from Severodonetsk on Thursday, the mayor said.
Severodonetsk, where about 100,000 people lived before the war, has been under intense fire for several weeks.