He stated this to RIA Novosti.

"Russia has won the biggest battle in Europe since World War II," Black said.

At the same time, he noted that the Western media are in no hurry to recognize the loss of the city by the Kyiv regime, although, according to the ex-senator, it seems that the head of the regime, Volodymyr Zelensky, lost Artyomovsk "having suffered crushing losses in manpower and equipment."

He also added that this loss will push the Ukrainian militants to prepare for revenge, although it would be wiser to look for ways to peace.

Earlier, the acting head of the Donetsk People's Republic, Denis Pushilin, announced the start of preliminary demining in Artyomovsk.

On the night of May 21, the Russian Defense Ministry announced that the city had been completely liberated.