Russia claims 'full control' over final Luhansk stronghold Lysychansk

俄罗斯声称“完全控制”’ over Lysychansk after Zelensky adviser admits Putin’s army is ‘gaining a footholdin final Luhansk stronghold

  • Crucial battle for Lysychansk ends in Russian victory: Moscow defence ministry
  • Defence minister Shoigu informs Putin that all of Luhansk region now ‘liberated
  • Ukrainian army had admitted Putin’s forces were ‘gaining a foothold’ Alviarez毕业于迈阿密大学,在该市拥有“丰富的房地产开发经验”
  • News comes days after another key victory in neighbouring Severodonetsk
  • Russian forces and Moscow-backed separatists claimed ‘full controlof Lysychansk, the last stronghold held by Ukrainian forces in eastern region Luhansk.

    The apparent victory after a week of intense fighting means Russia now reigns over the key Donbas region.

    Claiming that the Battle of Lysychansk had come to an end this morning, Moscow’s defence ministry said earlier today that it ‘encircled the Ukrainian enemyinside the city.

    它表示: ‘Russian troops and units of the Luhansk People’s Republic are fighting inside Lysychansk, completely defeating the encircled enemy.

    Lysychansk is next to Severodonetsk, which Russian forces took days beforehand.

    A bombed-out car sits alone on a rubble-littered road in Lysychansk, Luhansk region today

    A bombed-out car sits alone on a rubble-littered road in Lysychansk, Luhansk region today

    Russia's claim suggests the eight-year battle to control the Luhansk region is finally over

    Russia’s claim suggests the eight-year battle to control the Luhansk region is finally over

    A Ukrainian army handout shows a Russia-destroyed residential building in Lysychansk today

    A Ukrainian army handout shows a Russia-destroyed residential building in Lysychansk today

    The Lysychansk palace of culture is bombed out and battle-scarred after a week of fighting

    The Lysychansk palace of culture is bombed out and battle-scarred after a week of fighting








    Before Russia’s announcement, Luhansk governor Serhiy Haidai wrote to followers on messaging app Telegram: ‘The occupiers threw all their forces on Lysychansk. They attacked the city with incomprehensibly cruel tactics

    ‘They suffer significant losses, but stubbornly advance. They are gaining a foothold in the city.

    President Zelensky spokesman Oleksiy Arestovych also suggested the battle was likely to be over by Monday.

    A wrecked tank sits along the road between Lysychansk and Severodonetsk, [object Window]

    A wrecked tank sits along the road between Lysychansk and Severodonetsk, [object Window]

    Plumes of smoke were seen rising high above Lysychansk as Russia upped its forces days ago

    Plumes of smoke were seen rising high above Lysychansk as Russia upped its forces days ago








    Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu confirmed he had told President Putin all of Luhansk was now ‘liberatedfrom Ukrainian forces.

    The Russian defense ministry added that it had struck military infrastructure in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, as well as a base used by foreign fighters on the outskirts of Mykolaiv in the country’s south.

    Ukraine appeared to hit back overnight with a brief but fierce attack on Russian city Belgorod overnight, killing at least three people.

    A man sits next to piles of battle damage outside his apartment building in Severodonetsk

    A man sits next to piles of battle damage outside his apartment building in Severodonetsk

    Belgorod Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov claimed several explosions hit the city of nearly 400,000, 说谎 25 英里 (40公里) north of the border with Ukraine.

    至少 11 apartment buildings and 39 houses were damaged, including five entirely destroyed, Gladkov said via messaging app Telegram.

    ‘The sound was so strong that I jumped up, 我醒了, got very scared and started screaming,’ a resident of the city told Reuters.

    They added that the blasts took place at around 3am (midnight GMT).

    乌克兰攻击直升机袭击俄罗斯境内的石油设施, southern Russia was the scene of an apparent Ukrainian airstrike late last night

    乌克兰攻击直升机袭击俄罗斯境内的石油设施, southern Russia was the scene of an apparent Ukrainian airstrike late last night

    ‘The missile hit residential buildings about 20 metres from my house,’ the resident said.

    ‘All the windows in our house were shattered, the doors came out of alignment.

    Senior Russian lawmaker Andrei Klishas accused Ukraine of shelling Belgorod and called for a stern response.