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Russia claims control of major cities in eastern Ukraine

Russian Defense MinisterRussiantroops control the last majorUkrainianowned city in Luhansk, Ukraine He said he had brought Moscow closer to its set goals. Occupied the entire Donbus area of ​​Ukraine.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoig told President Vladimir Putin that Russian troops and members of the local separatist militia "have complete control over the city of Lisichansk."

The statement states that taking Lysychansk constitutes the "Liberation of the People's Republic of Luhansk", one of the two separatist regions of Ukraine that Russia recognizes as sovereign.

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Ukrainian fighters have spent a few weeks trying to protect Lisichansk and prevent him from falling to Russia, as the neighboring Sievierodnetsk did a week ago. At the end of Saturday, the presidential adviser predicted that the fate of the city could be decided within a few days.

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Ukrainian officials did not immediately provide up-to-date information on their status.

Last Sunday, the governor of Luhansk said Russian troops were strengthening their position in a tough battle to occupy the state's last resistance base.

"The occupants threw all their power into Lysychansk. They attacked the city with incomprehensible and cruel tactics," Luhansk Governor Serhiy Haidai said in a Telegram messaging app. "They suffer great losses, but move stubbornly. They are building a foothold in the city."

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A river separates Lisichansk and Sievierodnetsk. Oleksiy Arestovych, an adviser to the President of Ukraine, said in an online interview late Saturday that Russian troops succeeded in crossing the river from the north for the first time, creating a "threatening" situation.

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Arrest Bitch says they haven't reached the center of the city, but the battle process is the battle of Rissichansk. It will be decided by Monday, which states that it is showing.

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Ruhansk and adjacent Doneck are the two states that make up Donbus, since Russia withdrew from northern Ukraine , Has focused on attacks. Kiv, the capital of spring.

Pro-Russian separatists have held parts of both eastern states since 2014, and Moscow recognizes all of Luhansk and Doneck as sovereign republics. The Syrian government announced on Wednesday that it would also recognize two areas of "independence and sovereignty."

Lysychansk's occupation paves the way for Russians to move west to Donetsk. In Donetsk, the Ukrainian metropolis Sloviansk has been hit by rockets several times since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24th.

Elsewhere in the war, the exiled mayor of the Russian-occupied city of Melitopol said on Sunday that a Ukrainian rocket destroyed one of the city's four Russian military bases.

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The Russian Defense Ministry Missile and drone attacks in the cities of Kursk and Bergorodo, western Russia, which said Ukraine was also launched, but aerial weapons were shot down. Roman Staroboit, Governor of Kursk, said the town of Tetkino on the border with Ukraine was hit by a slamming gun.

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Adjacent Belarus leader, Russian ally missiles on Saturday, Ukraine a few days ago on a military target on Belarus territory Claimed to have fired, but all were intercepted by the air defense system. President Alexander Lucashenko described the alleged strike as a provocation, saying that Belarusian soldiers were not fighting in Ukraine.

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There was no immediate response from the Ukrainian army.

Belarus hosted a Russian military unit and was used as the stage for the Russian invasion. Last week, a few hours before Lucashenko met Russian President Vladimir Putin, a Russian long-range bomber launched its first missile from Belarus' airspace into Ukraine.

Lucashenko has resisted his efforts to bring his army into war. However, during their meeting, Putin announced that Russia plans to supply Belarus with the Iskandar-M missile system, stating that his government relies on financial support from Russia. Reminded Lucashenko.


Eber reported from Prokovsk, Ukraine.

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