"These were the fiercest strikes by multiple rocket launchers in a long time. 15 fires broke out, we have more dead and wounded," Vadim Liakh said in a video posted on Facebook. Tetiana Ignachenko, spokeswoman for the Donetsk region to which Slovyansk belongs, told Ukrainian media that "six people were killed and 15 were wounded" in the shelling of Slovyansk.
According to Ukrainian media, one of the fires broke out in the city market. Further south, the city of Kramatorsk, the administrative center of Donbas under the control of Ukrainian forces, has been the target of attacks for the second day in a row.
According to the mayor Oleksandr Goncharenko, the city was hit by Smerch (whirlwind, tornado) missiles. He says that a residential area and an empty hotel were hit, but there are no victims. Slovjansk and Kramatorsk are under direct threat from Russian forces, especially if Kyiv confirms the fall of Lisichansk.
Zelenskiy: Our army withdrew from Lisičansk, but we will return that area
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Sunday admitted that Ukrainian forces had withdrawn from Lisichansk in the Donbass, but announced that the army's tactics and new weapons would be used to regain control of the area.
"If the commanders of our army withdraw people from certain points on the front where the enemy has armed superiority, and this also applies to Lisichansk, that means only one thing," said Zelenskiy in his evening address.
"That we will come back thanks to our tactics and the acceleration of shipments of modern weapons," he added. Russian state media announced Sunday morning that Russian and separatist forces had taken full control of Lisichansk, the last major Ukrainian-controlled city in the Luhansk region, after the fall of Severodonetsk.
According to a Russian ministry statement, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu informed Russian President Vladimir Putin that "the entire Lugansk region has been liberated."