Russia's defense minister Sergei Shoigu told President Vladimir Putin that Russia's troops have "full control over Lysychansk," according to the Russian Defense Ministry.
Lysychansk would give Russian forces full control over the contested Luhansk region in Eastern Ukraine.
The clip shows the moment a missile turned sharply and flew in the opposite direction a few seconds after launch, creating a large explosion upon impact.
"The battle of Severodonetsk will not be a decisive Russian victory," Washington-based think tank the Institute for the Study of War said on Thursday.
Kazakhstan does not recognize "quasi-state territories which, in our view, is what Luhansk and Donetsk are," Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said.
"It's a joke," said the man who filmed the video, "that they are selling 'Zelensky's Tears' vodka in Moscow supermarkets."
Ukrainian special forces reportedly blew up a pontoon bridge set up by Russian troops to cross a river in Luhansk.
Images released by military officials appear to show heavy fighting in the city, with smoke billowing from what appears to be a factory.
The Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov said the town of Komyshuvakha in the so-called Luhansk People's Republic has been "freed from Ukrainian occupation."
Images released by pro-Russian military officials in Ukraine purport to show Luhansk People's Republic separatists engaging in combat against Ukrainian forces.
A video circulating online shows the alleged wives of Russian soldiers complaining that they haven't heard from their husbands in months.
A Ukrainian official says the city is now "impossible to evacuate" after seeing some of the heaviest fighting during Russia's advance in the region.
Pleas for more weapons from the West have intensified in recent days as Russian forces advance in eastern Ukraine.
Hundreds of civilians, including 40 children, are sheltering in the city's Azot chemical plant, according to the Luhansk governor.
A representative from the Moscow-backed Luhansk authority said talks were underway for civilians to leave the Azot chemical plant.
The LPR said Tuesday morning that its People's Militia, "together with the allied forces, recaptured the Nazi fortified area near Borovskoye."
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Monday that there was a "difficult situation" in Severodonetsk, but Ukrainians "have every chance to fight."
A Ukrainian official earlier said temporarily ceding the beleaguered city of Severodonetsk might be an option, but Zelensky says that would take a hefty toll.
If confirmed, Roman Kutuzov would be at least the fourth Russian general killed in the Ukraine war.
Luhansk authorities claim Ukrainian troops have retaken parts of Sievierodonetsk over the past couple of days.
News outlet Agentstvo reported the Russian president has not made any unprompted reference to the war.
Serhiy Haidai said Ukrainian forces had now pushed Russian troops out of 20 percent of town, as Russia increases its air strikes.
British defense officials said Russia is achieving "tactical success" in the Donbas region but none of its war objectives have been achieved.
Video shows the moment pro-Russian troops loaded up their rocket launchers on a leafy lane and fired on enemy targets in Ukraine.
The Russian space agency said that "the launch of the Progress MS-20 cargo ship will be dedicated to the Donbass."
Serhiy Haidai told Newsweek the defenders remain defiant despite the intense Russian attacks, which included a strike on a chemical plant.
Donetsk Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko told Newsweek Russia's focus on Luhansk Oblast and the city of Severodonetsk are driven by political concerns.
Leonid Pasechnik said three people were killed, with four children and 10 adults injured, during shelling in Svatovo by Ukrainian troops.
The civilian evacuation was halted after the death of the French journalist Frédéric Leclerc-Imhoff on Monday.
Footage from Ukraine's military purportedly shows Ukrainian troops blitzing a Russian base set up in a seized private house.