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Russian-held Popasna in Ukraine is a ghost town after end of siege

Popasna is an east Ukrainian town that once housed 20,000 people but has since become a ghost town.

Ukrainian troops fled Popasna after Russian forces launched an offensive against the east flank of Ukraine. They used heavy shelling around the Luhansk town of Popasna to attack the Luhansk region.

Popasna was visited by Reuters reporters on Thursday. Nearly all the apartments were destroyed or severely damaged. Barren streets were empty of animals or signs of life.

Vladimir Odarchenko, an ex-resident, stood in the destroyed house and looked at the debris.


“I don’t know what I’m going to do.” Where should I go? He said to Reuters that he did not know. “Summer is fine. If I have the money, I can rent a small apartment.

Russia continues its attack on eastern Ukraine in order to seize control of the Donbas. Moscow captured Luhansk (a Donbas region part) earlier in the month.

On the 24th of February, Russia launched “special military operations” against Ukraine. According to the West, this was unprovoked war.


The conflict in Ukraine has decimated cities and caused 5.2 million people to flee the country, according to the United Nations.

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