Russian soldiers in the Luhansk city of Lysychansk are planting anti-personnel mines, according to the head of the region's military administration, Serhiy Hayday.
The mines – nicknamed "petals" — are extremely dangerous as “they lie anywhere and any child or civilian who has gone out for humanitarian aid may step on them and die or lose a limb," he told CNN in a phone interview.
The bombardment of the city is now “constantly” happening night and day, Hayday added.
On the humanitarian front, his team is trying to deliver “as much” aid as possible, he said, adding that one humanitarian aid kit per person is designed to last for two weeks, but in reality, the supplies only last for a week.
About 15,000 people are currently left in the city, and the majority of them are those “who refused to leave, despite us constantly urging them to leave,” the regional military head said.
Hayday said it was hard to give a damage report on the city due to the shelling on multiple fronts by Russian troops.
He reiterated that Lysychansk is the last outpost of the Luhansk region. He added that “in the military sense, the loss of one city is like losing a battle, it is not a lost war.”
But he remained upbeat about the possibility of Ukrainian forces inflicting as many losses on the Russian troops as possible.
"It is possible that during the assault of Lysychansk, they will lose so much equipment and troops that they will no longer be able to fully conduct offensive operations, during which we will get more Western weapons which will defeat our enemy. And we will not only stop, we will start the de-occupation," he told CNN.