Retreating Kiev forces mined and blew up the Lisichansk television and radiobroadcasting center, the Lugansk People’s Republic Communications Ministry press service wrote on Telegram.

“LPR KRRT (Radio and Television Broadcasting Company state unitary enterprise) personnel travelled to the liberated Lisichansk to assess the condition of the television and radio center after the end of the fighting,” the Ministry said. “They found out that the retreating Ukrainian army had mined and blown up the television and radio broadcasting center structure.” 

The facility sustained considerable damage and is beyond repair.

“At present, company employees and the LPR Communications Ministry are working on alternative options of TV and radio broadcasting for the town and adjacent areas,” the Ministry said.

Earlier, LPR Deputy Minister of Culture, Sport and Youths Roman Oleksin said that Ukrainian forces had torched the local history museum and the children’s library as they retreated from Lisichansk.

LPR militiamen began to advance towards Severodonetsk and Lisichansk in early March; taking these towns was a priority of the LPR Defense Ministry. The defense in depth organized by Kiev forces and their use of civilians as a human shield complicated the liberation of the towns On top of that, the area accommodates several large chemical companies. On May 29, the LPR Defense Ministry said that LPR militia units, supported by Russian forces, gained a foothold in Severodonetsk. On June 25, LPR militiamen and Russian forces took under full control the industrial zone of the Azot works in Severodonetsk. On the same day, the coalition forces entered Lisichansk. Both towns were liberated by early July.

On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a special military operation to protect Donbass residents from Ukrainian aggression. Earlier, LPR and DPR Heads Leonid Pasechnik and Denis Pushilin asked the Russian leader to provide military assistance. On July 3, the LPR militia and Russian armed forces fully liberated the LPR territory from Ukrainian armed formations.

The Ukrainian government launched the so-called anti-terrorist operation against Donbass in April 2014.  The peace talks participants have announced ceasefire more than 20 times since the autumn of 2014. Kiev forces regularly violated the truce opening fire with large caliber artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn from the contact line under the accords. *i*s