Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Sunday forged doubt on Moscow’s declare that Russian troops had captured the strategic japanese Ukrainian metropolis of Lysychansk.
“We can’t say right now that Lysychansk is beneath (Russian) management. There may be combating within the suburbs,” Zelenskyy mentioned at a press convention with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.
Zelenskyy warned, nonetheless, of the “risks” that the Lugansk area, the place Lysychansk was the final main metropolis in Ukrainian palms, “might be utterly occupied” by Moscow.
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The seize of Lysychansk would enable Russia to regulate all of Lugansk and advance on Sloviansk and Kramatorsk additional west as a part of their marketing campaign within the japanese Donbass area.
Zelenskyy acknowledged that Lysychansk represented “probably the most troublesome and harmful state of affairs” for Ukraine.
“We do not have a bonus there, it is true. It is our weak level, however in different areas, we’re making progress,” he added.
Russian Protection Minister Sergei Shoigu mentioned earlier on Sunday that Moscow’s forces had taken full management of Lugansk after capturing Lysychansk, which has been on the middle of heavy combating for weeks.