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Russia claims to have occupied the last Ukrainian holdout city in Luhansk

On Sunday, Moscow occupied Lysychans'k city, the last remaining holdout in the province of Luhansk, Ukraine, and its troops dominate the East Donbas region. Insisted.  

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu tells President Vladimir Putin that Russian troops have been backed by members of the separatist troops "established complete control of the city of Rishchansik." The ministry said in a statement.

The collapse of Lysychansik completes the "liberation of the People's Republic of Luhansk," the statement said.

A Ukrainian Ministry of Defense spokesmansaid the battle in Luhansk would continue, noting that "the other big cities in the Donbas region, especially the Donetsk region," were still under control. .. Ukrainian army. 

"These are the cities that have been the target of serious missile attacks and bombardments for the past two days , but the BBC battle is not over yet." Yuriy Sak said on Sunday. I toldBBC.

damaged residential buildings are seen in Lysychansk, Luhansk region, Ukraine, early Sunday, July 3, 2022

He said that the military aid provided by Western allies turned the tide. "It makes it possible to free our land," he said.

Luhansk and Donetsk make up the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine. Areas of ongoing conflict since Russia illegally annexed Crimea in 2014 and supported a separatist militia group fighting the government.

Russia turned its attention to the area as Putin was unable to occupy the capital, Kieu, early in the invasion that began on February 24.

a Russian Su-25 ground attack jet fires rockets on a mission at an undisclosed location in Ukraine
Russian Defense Ministry news agency via AP

 Ukrainian troops defend the city As a result, fierce battles have been reported around Lysychans'k in the past few weeks. Prevent it from being overtaken by Russian troops, as the nearby Severodonetsk did a week ago. 

The Governor of Luhansk wrote on social media earlier on Sunday that Russian troops were advancing the city. 

"Russians are strengthening their position in the Lysychansik region and the city is on fire," Serhiy Haidai said.

"The occupiers threw all their troops at Lysychans'k. They attacked the city with incomprehensible and cruel tactics," Haidai said. "They suffer great losses, but move forward stubbornly. Oleksiy Aresevich, an adviser to President Volodymyr Zelensky, crossed the river separating Lysychans'k and Severodonetsk late Saturday and was" threatening. "I said that I created a situation.

With post wire