Russia announces control of Lugansk, Kyiv denies reports on Lysychansk’s capture

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Xinhua News

4th July 2022 – (Moscow) Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu has informed President Vladimir Putin of the control of Lugansk, the Defence Ministry said Sunday.

The region has been “liberated” after Russian troops and the armed forces of Lugansk took full control of Lysychansk, a key city of Lugansk, and its nearby settlements, according to a brief statement by the ministry.

Shoigu told Putin that the total area of territories taken over the past day amounted to 182 square km, it added.

An official of the Ukrainian Defence Ministry on Sunday denied reports that Lysychansk has been under the full control of Russian armed forces, the government-run Ukrinform news agency reported.

Yuriy Sak, adviser to Defence Minister Olexiy Reznikov, told BBC that the situation in Lysychansk has been “very tense for quite a long time,” and Russian troops have been “constantly attacking the city.”

Even if Russian forces were to seize the entire Lugansk region, the battle for Donbass, which comprises the Lugansk and Donetsk regions, will continue as Ukrainian forces control much of the Donetsk region, Sak said, noting that several other large towns in Donetsk remained under Kyiv’s control.

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