Russia-Ukraine War: Russian forces have captured the city of Kreminna in eastern Ukraine and Ukrainian troops withdrew. According to Reuters, the regional governor has given this information on Tuesday. Kreminna, which had a population of more than 18,000 before the war with Russia, has become the first city to be confirmed by Russian forces since Russia launched a new offensive in eastern Ukraine.
“Kreminna is under the control of the ‘Orcs’ (Russians). They have entered the city,” Serhi Gaidai, governor of the Luhansk region, told a briefing. “Our defenders had to retreat. They find themselves continuing to fight with the Russian army on new fronts,” he said.
about 200 people died
The governor did not specify when the Russian army took control of Kremina, but said Russia had attacked “from all sides”. Regarding the number of dead, he said, “It is impossible to calculate the number of dead among the civilian population. We have official figures – about 200 dead – but there are actually many more.” However, he did not specify in which period the estimated mortality was covered.
Russia, which launched a “special military operation” in Ukraine on February 24, has denied targeting civilians. Ukraine said on Monday that after regrouping Russian forces had launched a new offensive focused on eastern Ukraine.
That’s why Creminna is important
The capture of Kreminna moves Russian forces closer to the much larger city of Kramatorsk, one of Russia’s potential targets on the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine. Capturing the Donbass and the southern port city of Mariupol would help Russia establish a land link between the controlled territory in eastern Ukraine and the Crimea region that Moscow seized in 2014.