Fighting intensifies in Kharkiv, continues in 'epicentre' Donbas - Zelenskiy

STORY: “Brutal hostilities continue along the entire front line, in Donbas - the epicentre, of course, in the cities of the Luhansk region. Hostile activity is intensifying in the Kharkiv region,” Zelenskiy said in the evening video message.

Zelenskiy added that Ukrainian forces have driven Russian troops from the town of Ivanivka in the Kherson region.

“We continue to put pressure in the south of our state,” he said.

On Saturday, Andrei Marochko, an officer of the pro-Russian Luhansk People's Militia, was quoted by Russia's TASS news agency as saying that the militia's red hammer-and-sickle flag was now flying over the administrative building in Lysychansk, although Ukraine's military rejected claims that the city was encircled.

Russian forces seized Lysychansk's sister city Sievierodonetsk last month, after some of the heaviest fighting of the war that pounded whole districts into rubble.