Russian troops withdraw from Liman cityafter eastern Ukraine “after encircling the area in Ukraine”, according to Reuters From the RIA news agency, which again on Saturday quoted the Russian Ministry of Defense.
Ukrainians have Surrounded by about 5,000 Russian soldiers in Liman City and controlled access.
The decision came a day later Putin will sign Treaty of Accession for the Three Regions of the Illegal Referendum.
Hours after Kyiv claimed its troops had entered the city, the Russian Defense Ministry claims to have taken Decided to withdraw troops from Liman.
‘To create a threat of siege, Allied forces withdraw’ from the city to a “more favorable” positionthe ministry said in a statement posted on Telegram.
The Ukrainian Defense Ministry tweeted a video showing Two soldiers unfurling yellow and blue flags Their country is on a sign indicating the city limits. Referring specifically to the annexation process, he added that the military “will always have a decisive vote in today and any future ‘referendums'”.
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A senior Ukrainian military officer, who asked not to be named, said, Liman ‘already released’“The cleanup is underway. The Russians have nowhere to run,” the official added.
The city is located on the banks of the Siversky Donets, which means that its reconquest by the Ukrainian army will bring them important strategic foothold To go further east.Additionally, this will impose Additional pressure on the KremlinInternally criticized for defeats on the battlefield Forced thousands of people to join the war.
Dennis PushlinThe head of Russia’s Donetsk People’s Republic Electricity Agency said on Friday that the city was “half surrounded”.
“This is very unpleasant news, but we have to take the situation seriously and draw conclusions from our mistakes,” he said.Pushlin also pointed out on Telegram that Russia has lost its right to Yampier Yes Dobreshevtowns north and east of Liman.
Putin’s new setback
On Friday, the President Vladimir Zelensky Ukraine thanked the military unit responsible for capturing Yampil and hinted at progress in Liman.
“We have Substantial results In the east of our country,” Zelensky said. “There is enough public information on this. Everyone has heard about what happened to Liman,” he added.
for MoscowThe new setback comes at a difficult time, less than 24 hours after Putin delivered a fiery speech about the war, which included Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as part of the war. Existential conflict with the Westwhich he called “the enemy.”
The confirmation of the withdrawal, however, prevents the Kremlin’s worst potential scenario: Russian troops trapped in Liman.The city fell into Russian hands in May and is very important because it is Railway junction to the Donbassthe mineral-rich region made up of Donetsk and the neighbouring Luhansk province, has long been the focus of Putin’s war goals.
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