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Ukrainian authorities admitted today that the Russian armed forces "fully control" Toshkovka on the front line in Donbass, BTA reports.

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This village with a population of about 4,000 in the eastern Ukrainian Luhansk region is located 30 kilometers south of the city of Severodonetsk - the main target of the Russian offensive at the moment.

"According to our information, the Russians completely control Toshkovka," said the head of the Severodonetsk region, Roman Vlasenko.

He noted that "the pressure remains" on the front line, where "the battle for Donbass continues in full force." "The entire Luhansk region is now the epicenter of the confrontation between the Ukrainian and Russian armies," Vlasenko added.

Russian shelling destroyed a food warehouse in Odessa

This eastern Ukrainian region is now almost entirely under Russian control.

The Ukrainian army continues to resist only around Severodonetsk and its twin city Lisichansk.

Vlasenko said "heavy bombings" continue throughout the Luhansk region, and "street fights" are taking place in Severodonetsk.

According to him, the Ukrainian army continues to control buildings in the city and surrounding villages.

Fighting is raging in full force around the Severodonetsk industrial zone, where the Azot chemical plant is located, Vlasenko added.

According to Ukrainian authorities, more than 500 people have taken refuge in the plant.

Pro-Russian separatists from the so-called Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) have announced that their forces have come close to Lisichansk, TASS reported.

Three people were killed in the Ukrainian shelling of the Point-U missile in the town of Krasnyi Luch.

Their bodies were taken out from under the rubble of a residential building, the "General Prosecutor's Office" of the People's Republic of Bulgaria announced.

Russian forces have tried to break through Ukraine's defense line in the Luhansk region between Dolina and Gornoye, but have been repulsed, Reuters quoted Roman Vlasenko as saying.

Luhansk Oblast Governor Sergiy Gaidai also admitted today that Russian forces had launched a massive attack and seized territory yesterday.

The night passed relatively calmly.

"This (however) is a lull before the storm," Gaidai stressed.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has expressed expectations that Russia will step up its attacks this week amid a European Union summit in which the leaders of the 27 will discuss whether to support his country's bid for membership.

Ukraine applied to join the EU four days after the Russian invasion began on February 24th.

On Friday, the European Commission recommended that the former Soviet republic be granted candidate status.

EU leaders will discuss the issue on Thursday and Friday, and are expected to approve Ukraine's request, despite fears from some countries.

However, the accession process itself could take many years, according to Reuters.

In its daily summary, British military intelligence reported today that the Ukrainian army has so far managed to prevent the Russian armed forces from opening a wide front along the Black Sea coast, DPA reported.

According to him, the original plan of the Russian invasion was for Ukraine to be attacked from the Black Sea, in particular in the area of ​​the key port of Odessa.

However, Ukrainian forces "have largely neutralized Russia's ability to take control of the sea," a newsletter released by the British Ministry of Defense said.

Russia accuses Britain of deliberate misinformation over a summary published since the start of the war in Ukraine nearly four months ago.

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