Russia claimed to control eastern Ukraine's Luhansk after hijacking Lysychans'k, the last city controlled by Ukraine.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told President Vladimir Putin on Sunday that their troops were "fully controlling" Risichansik and several neighboring settlements. The mediaRIA Novostireported.
Ukraine disputed this claim. President Volodymyr Zelensky said Russia was not completely controlled and the city's battles continued on the outskirts of the city. However, he admitted that Ukraine is in a difficult situation.
"There is no advantage," Zelensky said in a press conference with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on Sunday at Kieu. "It's a really very difficult situation there."
Zelensky said he was still trying to hand over weapons to Lysychansik to strengthen the Ukrainian army.
The fighting in the eastern part of Ukraine has remained fierce since Moscow refocused its efforts in Ukraine. Violence has also spread to Ukraine. Officials in the city of Belgorod, Russia, accused Ukrainian troops of bombing the neighborhood on Sunday, killing three people and damaging their homes.Ukraine: Latest Trends
Russia's acquisition of Lysychans'k effectively gives Moscow control over the entire Luhansk region and more than half Means that it has been acquired in the Donetsk region, which represents about 75% of the two eastern regions collectively known as Donbus.
Occupation of the entire Donbas region is an important goal of Russia's invasion, and after the country fails, most of its troops are in Donbas. Was concentrated. At the end of March, it will occupy northern Ukraine, including the capital Kiuv.
This victory brings Russian troops closer to several other Ukrainian-controlled cities and towns in Donetsk. This includes the front-line town of Slovyansk, whereauthorities said Sunday6 people were killed and 15 were injured. According to the mayor Oleksandr Goncharenko, after the bombardment and the hotel was destroyed by a missile on Sunday in Kramatorsk, the capital of the Donetsk region since 2014. He said, three rockets attacked the town, and no casualties have been reported so far.
Online video of allegedly shot in Rishchansik, a Russian soldier who is willing to raise the flags of Russia and Chechnya in front of a building damaged by the Russian War. ..
Last month, Ukrainian troops withdrew from Sieviero Donetsk in the city of Luhansk, just north of Lysychans'k, because of the magnitude of the loss. Ukraine has not released figures on the number and location of Ukrainian soldiers killed, but Ukrainian Presidential AdvisorMykhailo Podolyaksaid at the time 100-200 Ukrainian soldiers per day. Said the soldier was dead.
The London-based War Institutestated thathad probably deliberately withdrawn Ukrainian troops from Lysychans'k, Luhansk's last Ukrainian base, to avoid siege.
The highways and supply routes between the Ukrainian-dominated Donetsk region and Lysychans'k have become very unstable due to the bombardment. Several civilians, including a French journalist, died last month driving along the route.
Inside Lysychans'k, Russia used its excellent artillery capabilities to build a building, according to one aid worker who continued to evacuate the city interviewed byFrance24. I was flattening them one by one. That is, the Ukrainians had no place to evacuate their troops.
"Russian troops have settled in the region of Lysychansik and the city is on fire," saidSerhiy Haidai, head of the Luhansk junta. "If Sieviero Donetsk's house and administration building survived a month of street combat, the same administration building was completely destroyed in a short period of time in Lysychans'k."
Heidi is a Ukrainian army. The Russians were "stubbornly moving forward," he added, even though he succeeded in destroying the Russian ammunition depot in eastern Ukraine.
Ukraine'sMilitary Intelligencetold the Guardian last month that Ukraine has 10 to 15 Russian cannons from one cannon. Since then, some Western nations have promised to provide more military aid, including artillery.
Separately, Russia accused Ukraine of a missile attack on the Russian city of Belgorod near the border with Ukraine, killing three people and injuring four, including a 10-year-old child. Said. Vyacheslav Gladkov, Belgorod's local governor, said 11 apartments and 39 detached houses were damaged or destroyed in an overnight incident.
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said, "It was intentionally planned and launched for civilians." Russia said it had intercepted three Ukrainian missiles, but one fell into an apartment building.
Since the invasion began, there have beenseveral explosionsin Belgorod. Ukraine was not directly responsible, but previously described the case as Russian "karma".
President of Belarus, Russia's main ally, Alexander Lukaschenko said the two states would create a "single army" and stick to Russia in the war with Ukraine.
"We acted with our brothers in Russia. Our participation in the'special operation'was decided by me long ago," Belarusian state news agency Bertha said on July 3. Reported that Lukaschenko said when marking Belarus Independence Day.
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On Saturday, Lukaschenko Belarusian soldiers claimed they were not currently fighting in Ukraine, Belarus claimed they would only fight in response to the provocation, and without providing evidence, Belarus' anti-aircraft system was launched by Ukraine last week. A military facility that claimed to have shot down some missiles launched in Belarus.
"We are being provoked. Three days ago, perhaps a little earlier, they were from Ukrainian territory to Belarusian territory. But thank God, the Panzer anti-aircraft system managed to intercept all the missiles, "Lukaschenko said.
Ukraine did not respond to Lukaschenko's claim, but in an interview on June 6, Zelenskydownplayed the risk of repeated aggression from Belarus' territory.