There has been intense shelling along the front lines in the Luhansk region on Thursday, a Ukrainian official has said.
Serhiy Hayday, head of the Luhansk region military administration, said the enemy had "completely destroyed the captured settlements in Luhansk ... Shelling intensified along the entire Luhansk front."
Hayday spoke of heavy fighting around Severodonetsk (in Belohorivka, Komyshuvaha and on the outskirts of Severodonetsk) and said the situation "has significantly deteriorated."
He said that Ukrainian units in Belohorivka are "now holding back the Russian invasion ... our defenders have twice destroyed pontoon crossings, and based on the actions of the Russians, the third time will be the same."
Hayday gave no indication that any towns or villages in the area had fallen to the Russians.
He said the Russians "do not change tactics: They destroy cities and only then enter the scorched earth."