Smoke rises above a self-propelled howitzer 2S1 Gvozdika of pro-Russian troops, which fired a leaflet shell in the direction of Sievierodonetsk to disperse information materials from combat positions in the Luhansk region, Ukraine May 24, 2022. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko

Russia advances in east

Russian forces intensified their assault on the Ukrainian city of Sievierodonetsk after claiming to have captured the nearby rail hub of Lyman