2022 – Live Updates: Russia’s War in Ukraine

Smoke rose from the Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk after it was hit by heavy shelling on Saturday, May 28. (Rick Maeve / SOPA Images / Sipa USA)

The head of the Luhansk region’s military administration said on Sunday that fighting continues in the Severodonetsk region of eastern Ukraine, where the situation is “more difficult” and “the enemy continues to attack.”

Sarhi Heidi said in a statement that 60 houses in the area were destroyed and two people were found dead under the rubble.

He said one of the victims was a girl who was killed when a Russian shell landed on a high-rise building in Lysekhansk on Saturday, wounding four others. A cinema and 22 homes were also damaged in an air strike.

Separately, in an operational update on Sunday, the General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces said Russia had “carried out offensive operations in the territory of the city of Severodonetsk” where “fighting continues”.

At Sloviansk, 60 kilometers (37 miles) to the west, Russia conducted “extensive reconnaissance” in the city and its suburbs, launching air raids on the Duvinke region and also shelling civilian infrastructure near Bohorodychne and Sviatohirsk with artillery. This was stated in the statement of the Ukrainian army.

Elsewhere, the military has reported new Russian attacks on civilian infrastructure in towns and villages between Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, and the Russian border. The affected places included Russky Tishki, Petrivka and Ternova. According to the statement, the Russian army also conducted remote mine operations in these areas.

Several settlements near the Black Sea coast in southern Ukraine suffered fire damage to civilian infrastructure, including Lymany, Stepova Dolyna, Luch, Partyzany, Chervony Yar, and Trudoliubivka.