Four civilians killed in Russian shelling of Lyman in eastern Ukraine as Putin ...

Four civilians killed in Russian shelling of Lyman in eastern Ukraine as Putin ...
Four civilians killed in Russian shelling of Lyman in eastern Ukraine as Putin ...

Four civilians were killed in Russian shelling in the town of Lyman on Sunday as Moscow's forces push deeper into the eastern Donetsk region, the regional governor said.

Russia's military leaders are pouring troops and equipment into the east of Ukraine in an attempt to force a bloody victory there after they abandoned plans to blitz through Ukraine's north and seize Kyiv earlier in the war.

Lyman is located a mere 15 miles from the Donetsk region's northernmost city of Slovyansk and 30 miles from the city of Izyum in the Kharkiv region, where fighting is said to be at its most intense.

'On May 1, four civilians were killed in Russian shelling in the Donetsk region, all in Lyman. Eleven other people were injured,' governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said on Telegram.

Ukrainian media organisation Ukraine Now reported the attacks came as part of a consolidated Russian shelling offensive targeting Ukrainian military positions along the eastern front in Lyman, Severodonetsk, Slovyansk, Popasna and Kurakhiv over the weekend.

Ukrainian armed forces on Friday blew up a railway bridge along with several Russian freight carriers across the Siversky Donets River, to prevent the invaders from bringing troops and equipment to Lyman by train. 

A car and piled sleepers are burning after a shelling near the Lyman station in Lyman, eastern Ukraine, earlier this week. Four civilians were killed in fresh shelling of the town today amid Russia's assault along the eastern front in the Donbas region

A car and piled sleepers are burning after a shelling near the Lyman station in Lyman, eastern Ukraine, earlier this week. Four civilians were killed in fresh shelling of the town today amid Russia's assault along the eastern front in the Donbas region

A garage burns following a military strike on a garage near the railway station, amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine, in the frontline city of Lyman, Donetsk region, Ukraine April 28, 2022

A garage burns following a military strike on a garage near the railway station, amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine, in the frontline city of Lyman, Donetsk region, Ukraine April 28, 2022

A Ukrainian woman sits on a bus after being evacuated from the frontline city of Lyman, amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine, in Slovyansk, Donetsk region, Ukraine, April 29, 2022

A Ukrainian woman sits on a bus after being evacuated from the frontline city of Lyman, amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine, in Slovyansk, Donetsk region, Ukraine, April 29, 2022

Ukrainian soldiers rest at their position near Lyman, eastern Ukraine, on April 28, 2022, amid Russian invasion of Ukraine

Ukrainian soldiers rest at their position near Lyman, eastern Ukraine, on April 28, 2022, amid Russian invasion of Ukraine

Both Russia and Ukraine are thought to have sustained heavy losses in the WWI-style fighting along the eastern front, which sees rounds of bloody ground fighting punctuated by artillery strikes as Putin's troops attempt to gain territory inch-by-inch.

Valery Gerasimov, the chief of staff of the Russian army, was today wounded in Izyum, just 30 miles from Lyman in a Ukrainian artillery strike.

An unofficial Russian source reported that Gerasimov sustained 'a shrapnel wound in the upper third of the right leg without a bone fracture.

'The shard was removed - there is no danger to life,' he said.

But Gerasimov's injury was severe enough to have him flown away from the frontlines and back to Russia to undergo further treatment, marking another embarrassing defeat for Putin's forces.

The chief of staff's injury came just one day after Russian Major General Andrei Simonov, 55, was killed in Kharkiv, according to an adviser to Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky

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