The General Staff reported in the evening that the Armed Forces of Ukraine stopped the offensive in the direction of the southern outskirts of Lisichansk, inflicted losses on the enemy and forced retreat. In order to resume the offensive, the occupiers put forward reserves.
In the morning, Sergei Gaidai said in a telethon that it was impossible to drive along the Lisichansk-Bakhmut highway, because it was under fire. But there is an opportunity to get to Lisichansk by other roads. The Institute for the Study of War, an American institute for the study of war, believes that Russian troops are likely to reach the city in the coming days. On June 16, in Lisichansk, the Russians launched an airstrike on a bomb shelter, killing four people.