Ukrainian officials and the Russian Defense Ministry have reported another day of heavy fighting in the eastern Ukrainian region of Luhansk.
Serhiy Hayday, head of the Luhansk region military administration, said on Ukrainian television Monday that the Russians "keep razing everything to the ground."
He referred to a village on the frontlines, Novotoshkivka, which now lies in ruins.
"Unfortunately, there are almost no houses left in Novotoshkivka. Our [troops] retreated a little, but not much, because there was no longer anything to hold on to, there was nowhere to keep the defense," he said.
Drone video from the area showed that much of the village has been destroyed.
Hayday said Russian forces were still trying to break through in the neighboring towns of Rubizhne and Popasna. "They don't get anything there. But they throw huge forces there. And shelling is carried out there around the clock."
Hayday also said that the Russians had "damaged the electricity substation that powered the entire region."
Further west, the Russian Defense Ministry claimed that four command posts and one ammunition depot near the town of Sloviansk had been destroyed. Russian forces have been targeting Sloviansk and nearby Kramatorsk as they try to reach the borders of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. It also said another Ukrainian military target — in the town of Novogrodovka — had been hit.
The Russians have amassed forces around the town of Izium, which they occupied at the beginning of April, but have made little progress since. Ukrainian officials reported fighting around the nearby village of Zavody Monday.
The General Staff of the Ukrainian armed forces said the "enemy continues to carry out offensive operations in the Eastern Operational Zone to defeat the Joint forces, establish full control over the territory of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions and maintain the land route with the occupied Crimea."