World – Russia Ukraine War: Russian army captures another city in Ukraine, Putin declares victory in Luhansk – #INA – INA NEWS Agancy

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on television on Monday that the country had clinched victory in Ukraine’s eastern region of Luhansk. Before this, the Ukrainian soldiers left their last stronghold. Russian Defense Ministry Sergei Shoigu told Putin on Monday in a televised meeting that Russian forces had captured Luhansk. Luhansk is located in eastern Ukraine, and it and the neighboring Donetsk province are part of Ukraine’s industrial heartland Donbass. The operation was complete after Shoigu told Putin that Russian troops had captured Ukraine’s last stronghold in Luhansk on Sunday, the city of Lisichansk.
To this, Putin said that the military units that have participated in Luhansk and have achieved success and victory should rest and increase their ability to fight. Earlier, Russian forces had intensified deep attacks in eastern Ukraine, and the Ukrainian military confirmed that its forces had left Lisichansk on Sunday. Luhansk governor Serhi Haidai said Ukrainian forces had left Lisichansk to avoid a surrender situation.
Haidai told the American news agency ‘Associated Press’, ‘There was a possibility of a siege of Lisichansk.’ He said that the Ukrainian soldiers could have stood for a few more weeks, but then they would have to pay a big price for it. Haidai said that he had pulled out all the injured and all the equipment. According to him, the soldiers have been evacuated in a planned manner. The General Staff of the Ukrainian army said that Russian forces were trying to advance towards Siversk, Fidorivka and Bakhmut in the Donbass region.
Russian forces have captured more than half of Donetsk. The Russian army bombed the Ukrainian strongholds Sloviansk and Kramtorsk in the Donbass region. Russian bombings in Sloviansk on Sunday killed six people, including a nine-year-old girl, and injured 19 others, according to local officials. A British Defense Ministry intelligence briefing on Monday justified the assessment of Ukraine’s military and underlined that Russian troops would begin to capture Donetsk. Russian President Vladimir Putin has set a goal of capturing the Donbass region, a key part of the war against Ukraine. It’s been five months since the Ukrainian war.
Russia-backed separatists have been fighting Ukrainian forces in the Donbass since 2014. Donbass separatists declared their independence after Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimea to their country. Russia recognized self-declared republics before the invasion of Ukraine on 24 February. Russia’s defense minister told Putin on Sunday that the Russian military and its allies now control the entire Luhansk region after a “complete occupation” of Lisichansk.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in a video address late at night, acknowledged that the army had been evacuated but vowed that Ukrainian forces would fight even if they retreated. Zelensky said that they were able to get out thanks to the strategy and the supply of modern weapons. At the same time, on Sunday, there were attacks from Ukraine on the western part of Russia. The governor of western Russia’s Belgorod region said on Sunday that missiles fired by Ukraine were shot down midway, but four people were killed when they were hit by fragments. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, two Ukrainian drones have been shot down in the Russian city of Kursk.

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