Ukrainian forces have been ordered to withdraw from Severodonetsk, according to the top regional official.

The eastern city has endured weeks of bombardment, as Russian forces try to take complete control of the region.

A Ukrainian retreat would be significant because it would leave all of Luhansk under Russian control, except for the city of Lysychansk.

Meanwhile, Russia has said the decision by EU leaders to accept Ukraine and Moldova as membership candidates will have negative consequences.

Credit: BBC

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