Russia claims control of all of Ukraine’s Luhansk region

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Fighting rages in major Ukrainian cities in the eastern Donbass region as Russia claims to have taken control of Lysychansk on the 130th day of the conflict.

Taking Lysychansk would bring Moscow closer to its stated goal of seizing all of Ukraine’s Donbass region. (Reuters)

Sunday, July 3, 2022

Russia has Lysychansk in Ukraine and the entire Lugansk region: Minister

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said forces from Moscow had taken the strategic Ukrainian town of Lysychansk and now controlled the entire Luhansk region, which has been the target of heavy fighting in recent weeks.

“Sergei Shoigu informed the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Armed Forces, Vladimir Putin, of the liberation of the Luhansk People’s Republic,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement quoted by Russian news agencies.

The ministry said earlier that Russian forces had surrounded Lysychansk and were now fighting inside the city.

Russians set foot in Ukraine’s pivotal city: governor

Russian forces are strengthening their positions in a fierce fight to capture the last stronghold of the resistance in Luhansk province in eastern Ukraine, the region’s governor has said.

“The occupiers threw all their forces at Lysychansk. They attacked the city with tactics of incomprehensible cruelty,” Luhansk Governor Serhiy Haidai said on the Telegram messaging app.

“They are taking heavy losses, but are pushing forward stubbornly. They set foot in the city.

Russia accuses kyiv of firing missiles at Belgorod, near Ukraine

Russia accused kyiv of firing three missiles at the town of Belgorod near the Ukrainian border in strikes that killed at least three people.

“Russian air defenses shot down three Tochka-U fragmentation missiles launched by Ukrainian nationalists against Belgorod,” Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said, adding that “after the destruction of the missiles Ukrainians, the debris of one of them fell on a house”.

Ukraine strikes a Russian base in occupied Melitopol: an exiled mayor

Ukrainian forces hit a Russian base with more than 30 strikes in the Russian-occupied southern city of Melitopol, the city’s Ukrainian mayor-in-exile said.

“TO 12:00 GMT (3 a.m. (local time) and 02:00 GMT (5 a.m.) there were more than 30 strikes exclusively on a military base,” said Melitopol Mayor Ivan Fedorov, who is currently in the territory. under Ukrainian control, in a video address on Telegram, adding that the base had been “put out of action”.

A Russian official confirmed that strikes hit the town.

Explosions hit Belgorod in Russia near Ukraine (responsible)

At least three people were killed and dozens of residential buildings damaged in Russia’s Belgorod early in the day, the local governor said, after earlier reports of multiple explosions heard in the town near the border with Russia. Ukraine.

At least 11 apartment buildings were damaged and 39 private residential houses, five of them completely destroyed, said Vyacheslav Gladkov, the governor of the Belgorod region.

At least four people were injured and two hospitalized, including a 10-year-old boy, Gladkov said. There was no immediate reaction from Ukraine to the reports.

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