The Armed Forces of Ukraine are gradually advancing in Luhansk Oblast, but "every metre is being fought for".
Source: Serhii Haidai, the head of the Luhansk Oblast Military Administration, in an interview for Novyny.Live, a Ukrainian news portal
Quote: "The tendency is so far positive on the Svatove-Kreminna axis, our forces are advancing."
Details: Haidai added that liberating every metre of the Luhansk region requires great effort from the Armed Forces of Ukraine. He assumed that one of the reasons is the absence of a surprise factor, which the Ukrainian forces used to their advantage during the liberation of the Kharkiv Oblast.
"After the liberation of the Kharkiv region the Russian forces managed to mine a huge territory and deploy their reserves. They also deployed units of Kadyrovites [the Chechen forces led by Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov and fighting as part of the Russian army] and inmates recruited by Prigozhin [a Russian oligarch and close confidant of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and the founder of the Wagner Group private military company] and managed to blow up bridges and build some fortifications. So every metre of the Luhansk region and every settlement is being liberated with great effort", he added.