War in Ukraine: Russia claims the capture of Lysychansk and the entire Luhansk region
Damaged residential buildings in Lysychansk in a photo provided by the Luhansk region administration, Sunday, July 3, 2022. AP
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Lysychansk was the last major city not in Russian hands in the Luhansk region, one of two Donbass provinces and the "epicenter" of the fighting, in the words of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
While reports were conflicting on Sunday morning, with Ukrainians claiming fighting continued in Lysychansk, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu claimed late morning that Kremlin forces had captured the city and controlled the entire Luhansk region. .
Sergei Shoigu informed the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Armed Forces, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, of the liberation of the Luhansk People's Republic
," a Defense Ministry statement said.
Russian forces and their separatist allies have taken "
complete control of Lysytchansk and other nearby towns, the most notable of which are Belogorovka, Novodrujesk, Maloriazantsevo and Belaya Gora
," the statement added.
Agence France-Presse (AFP) indicated that it was unable to verify this information from an independent source.
The Ukrainians have not yet reacted to this information.
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