According to Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, Russia has taken the former city of Lysychansk in eastern Ukraine. Ukraine disagrees.
According to Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, Russia has taken the former city of Lysychansk in eastern Ukraine. According to a report by the Interfax agency, Shoigu reported to President Vladimir Putin on Sunday that they now have complete control over the Luhansk region.
However, Ukraine has denied this information. The city is not under full Russian control, a spokesman for the Ministry of Defense in Kyiv told the BBC on Sunday. However, the situation has been “very intense” for some time now, with Russian troops constantly attacking the city.
Lysychansk of strategic and symbolic importance
Reports from the combat zones can hardly be checked independently. Lysychansk is part of the Sieverodonetsk-Lysychansk conurbation, which has been the subject of a struggle for months. Before the war, a total of 380,000 people lived in the conurbation. Lysychansk is important strategically, but also symbolically. The city was an important industrial center, including for oil processing.
With their fall, Ukraine would have lost the last major city in the Luhansk region. The conquest of the area had been declared by the Russian side as an important war aim from the start. The Russian war of aggression against the neighboring country has now lasted more than four months.