Ukraine. Putin declares victory in Luhansk region

Russian President Vladimir Putin declared victory in Ukraine’s eastern Lugansk region on Monday, a day after Ukrainian forces withdrew from their last stronghold of resistance in that province.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told Putin during a meeting that Russian forces had taken control of Luhansk, which together with neighboring Donetsk province constitutes the industrial heartland of Donbass.

Shoigu told Putin that “the operation” was completed on Sunday after Russian troops invaded the city of Lysychansk, the last stronghold of Ukrainian forces in Luhansk.

“After heavy fighting in Lysychansk, the Ukrainian Armed Forces were forced to withdraw from their occupied positions and lines,” the Armed Forces General Staff said on its Facebook account on Sunday.

According to the statement, the continuation of the fighting for the defense of the city would have “fatal consequences”, given the marked superiority of the occupying forces, whether in terms of artillery, aerial means, missile launch systems, ammunition and personnel. .

“In order to preserve the lives of the Ukrainian defenders, the decision was made to withdraw,” he added.

“Will and patriotism are not enough for success” in the fight with the Russian army, “material and technical resources” being necessary, stressed the General Staff of the Armed Forces, in an indirect appeal to the West to accelerate the supply of weapons. to Kyiv. .

Source: TSF