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Russian troops flee key Ukraine town in latest setback

Russian troops flee key Ukraine town in latest setback

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The Ukrainian advance follows a lightning counterattack that wiped out Russian forces from most of northeast Kharkiv in September.

The Ukrainian advance follows a lightning counterattack that wiped out Russian forces from most of northeast Kharkiv in September.

Pedestrians walk in front of an abandoned Russian tank in Kramatorsk, eastern Ukraine, on October 1, during the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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On Saturday, Ukrainian forces recaptured a strategic town in the country’s east after it was forced to withdraw Russian troops. It was his second major victory in weeks and challenged claims that Russian President Vladimir Putin had annexed the region the day before.

Military spokesman Serhiy Cherevatiy said on television that Kyiv’s troops had moved into the town after occupying five settlements near Lyman and blocking Russian troops stationed there.

The Russian Defense Ministry later said in a regular battlefield report posted to Telegram that its troops “had withdrawn to more favorable positions amidst the threat of encirclement.”

A video posted on Twitter by the head of the Ukrainian president’s office Andriy Yermak shows soldiers raising the yellow and blue Ukrainian flag outside Ryman.

Pro-Kremlin military bloggers have criticized the Russian military command for not learning from its mistakes in Kharkov. “Being effectively part of Russian territory since yesterday, the loss of Lyman hits the Russian Federation’s reputation more than anything else,” said the rival Telegram channel.

The recapture of Lyman by Russian forces in May restored control of Kyiv over a key road and rail crossing used by Kremlin forces for logistical support in the East Donetsk region.

It could pave the way for Ukrainian forces to launch a deeper offensive into cities such as Sievier Donetsk and Lysychansk in the neighboring Luhansk region that fell to Russian forces in the summer. And it’s all against the backdrop of Russia’s post-referendum “annexation” of the region, which has been widely called illegal.

The town of Kreminna, east of Lyman, could be the next target, Luhansik governor Serhiy Haydai said on Facebook.

“It is important to secure the areas that open the way for the liberation of the settlements of Donbass, Svatove, Kreminna, Šieviero Donetsk and others,” Ukrainian military spokesman Serhiy Cherevati said on television.

Ukraine advance

The Ukrainian advance follows a lightning counterattack that wiped out Russian forces from much of northeast Kharkiv in September. This stunning reversal was thought to be behind Putin’s mobilization of his 300,000 additional troops to try to regain the initiative on the ground.

Ukraine is striving to gain the upper hand and regain as much territory as possible before Russia bolsters its defenses with conscripts, and the arrival of winter will make rapid progress more difficult.

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, an ally of President Putin, is disheartened by the fall of Lyman last month, shortly after a series of towns were captured, including the railway junction of Izyum, a relay point for the Russian campaign in East Donbass. expressed.

“Yesterday the parade in Izum, today the flag in Ryman, what tomorrow?” Kadyrov said on Telegram. “My personal view is that more radical measures are needed, such as martial law in border areas and the use of low-yield nuclear weapons.”

illegal annexation

At a ceremony in the Kremlin on Friday, Putin signed a document formalizing Russia’s annexation of the Donbass regions of Donetsk and Luhansk and two other occupied regions of southern Ukraine, Zaporizhia and Kherson.

The United Nations and many countries declared the annexation illegal, and the United States imposed new sanctions in response.

Russia’s leader said a territory worth about 15% of Ukraine, including some of its most productive agricultural and industrial areas, would “forever” be part of Russia. In its latest unspoken nuclear threat, it threatened to use “all available” military means to defend Europe’s greatest land grab since World War II.

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