Russian forces have been intensifying attacks around the eastern city of Severodonets on the 99th day of Moscow’s invasion.

The last major centre held by Ukraine in the Donbas region is under attack from “from all directions”, Luhansk Governor Serhiy Haidai said, adding that intense street-to-street fighting in the city had hampered evacuations.

Some 15,000 civilians reportedly remain trapped there.

UK defence officials say Russia has seized most of Severodonetsk¬†and are making “steady local gains, enabled by a heavy concentration of artillery”.

But Mr Haidai insisted that Ukrainian troops had been carrying out counter-attacks, “pushing back the enemy on some streets and taking several prisoners”

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