Russia’s defence minister, Sergei Shoigu, mentioned Sunday that Moscow’s forces have taken the strategic Ukrainian metropolis of Lysychansk and now management your complete area of Lugansk, which has been the goal of fierce battles in latest weeks.
“Sergei Shoigu has knowledgeable the commander in chief of the Russian armed forces, Vladimir Putin, of the liberation of the Individuals’s Republic of Lugansk,” the defence ministry mentioned in a press release quoted by Russian information businesses.
Russian forces and their separatist allies have taken “full management of Lysychansk and different close by cities, notably Belogorovka, Novodruzhesk, Maloryazantseve and Bila Hora,” the assertion mentioned.
AFP was unable to confirm the knowledge from impartial sources.
A couple of minutes previous to the announcement, a spokesman for the Russian defence ministry had mentioned that combating was ongoing in Lysychansk and that Ukrainian forces have been “fully” surrounded.
The regional governor of Lugansk, Sergiy Gaiday, mentioned on Telegram on Sunday that “the Russians are reinforcing their positions within the Lysychansk area. Town is on hearth.”
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