'We are tired of being scared': Popasna resident

STORY: Popasna resident, Natalia Kovalenko, had her apartment destroyed.

"We are tired of being scared, very tired. It's scary of course but not like before. We still hope for the better", she told Reuters.

Ukrainian troops retreated from the the town, located in the Luhansk region, on May 5.

Advancing Russian forces came closer to surrounding Ukrainian troops in the east, briefly seizing positions on the last highway out of a crucial pair of Ukrainian-held cities before being beaten back, a Ukrainian official said on Thursday.

Three months into its invasion of Ukraine, Russia has abandoned its assault on the capital Kyiv and is trying to consolidate control of the industrial eastern Donbas region, where it has backed a separatist revolt since 2014.

Thousands of troops are attacking from three sides to try to encircle Ukrainian forces in Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk. If the two cities straddling the Siverskiy Donets river fall, nearly all of the Donbas province of Luhansk would be under Russian control as it happened with the town of Popasna, recently taken by the pro-Russian troops.

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