Russia claims major victory after taking control of entire region of Luhansk

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Shoigu reported to Russian President Putin on the complete liberation of the LPR after the capture of Lisichansk

In this photo provided by the Luhansk region military administration, damaged residential buildings are seen in Lysychansk, Luhansk region, Ukraine, early Sunday, July 3, 2022. Russian forces pounded the city of Lysychansk and its surroundings in an all-out attempt to seize the last stronghold of resistance in eastern Ukraine's Luhansk province, the governor said Saturday. A presidential adviser said its fate would be decided within the next two days. (Luhansk region military administration via AP)
Bloody battles have been raging around Lysychansk, the last town in Luhansk region under Kyiv’s control (Picture: AP)

Defense Minister and General of the Russian Army Sergei Shoigu reported to President Vladimir Putin on the release of the LPR. On Sunday, July 3, reports TASS with reference to the Ministry of Defense.

Shoigu said that the Russian military, together with units of the LPR People’s Militia, were able to take control of Lisichansk and nearby towns and villages, including Belogorovka, Maloryazantsevo and Belaya Gora. It is also specified that the total area of the liberated territories of Ukraine over the past day amounted to 182 square kilometers.

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Service members of pro-Russian troops drive a tank along a street past a destroyed residential building during Ukraine-Russia conflict in the town of Popasna in the Luhansk Region, Ukraine May 26, 2022. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko
Brutal fighting has been raging across the Luhansk region for months (Picture: Reuters)

On Sunday, July 3, there were data from the Ministry of Defense of Russia that the troops of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were completely blocked in the pocket of Lisichansk. Over the past two days, 38 military personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine have surrendered in this area. Most of them are “local residents forcibly mobilized into the ranks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.”

Earlier, Lieutenant Colonel of the People’s Militia of the LPR Andriy Marochko also said that in Lysychansk there are still local centers of resistance of the siloviki of Ukraine, but they are insignificant. He added that “the nationalists have completely lost their combat capability and lost control” in the city.

The fact that Lisichansk was taken under the control of the Allied forces became known on Saturday, July 2. As the Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov noted, Akhmat, together with the LPR People’s Militia, is clearing the city from the Ukrainian military, “hiding in buildings, and from mine-explosive devices.”

On February 24, the beginning of a special operation in the Donbass was announced. Thus, Russia responded to requests for military assistance from the heads of the DPR and LPR.

Source: Shoigu reported to Putin on the release of the LPR: Politics: Russia:

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