Ukraine has “completely cleared” Russian troops from main eastern city of LymanUkrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy confirmed a day after Moscow admitted its troops had withdrawn after being surrounded.
Ukrainian brigades appear to have made their biggest breakthrough in the region since the start of the war, burst through the front line and made rapid progress along the Dnieper River. The recapture of Lyman by Ukrainian forces is Russia’s biggest battlefield loss since Ukraine’s lightning strike in September in the northeastern region of Kharkov.
President Zelenskiy said Ukraine is experiencing military success not only in Lyman, but also in Kherson. In his overnight statement, he said that Ukrainian forces liberated the small settlements of Arkhanhelske and Myrolyubivka in the Kherson region. Vladimir Saldo, the head of the Russian-imposed authority in the region, admitted that the Ukrainians had gained ground.
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said Russian troops had occupied a “pre-prepared line of defence”. His comments are an acknowledgment that Ukraine’s southern counteroffensive is dramatically gaining momentum two months after it began.
The Ukrainian army has said its troops recaptured the village of Torske near Lyman in the Donetsk region on Sunday. According to Serhii Cherevatyi, a spokesman for the Eastern Group of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Russian troops forced to withdraw to the Kreminna city in Luhansk are being hit “with fire” by Ukrainian missile units, artillery and air forces.
Elon Musk has sparked an online feud with Zelansky after asking Twitter users to consider his ideas for ending the Russian war. In a tweet, Musk suggested UN-supervised elections in four occupied regions that Moscow wrongly annexed after what it called referenda. Zelenskiy responded with his own poll. “Which @elonmusk do you like better?” he wrote, with two answers: one supporting Ukraine, or one supporting Russia.
The US will supply four more of the advanced missile systems to Ukraine. The High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, known as HIMARS, will be part of a new $625 million aid package announced Tuesday, according to US officials.
North Korea on Tuesday expressed support for Russia’s annexation of areas in Ukraine its troops occupied. and accused the US and its allies of acting like a mobster by campaigning at the UN against Moscow’s behavior.
The lower house of the Russian parliament, the state duma, has passed laws for the annexation of four Ukrainian territories to Russia. No legislator in the lower house voted against the bill to include the Zaporizhzhya, Kherson, Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Russia. Lawmakers in the upper house, the Russian Federation Council, are expected to formalize the illegal annexation on Tuesday.
The head of the Russian-occupied nuclear power plant in Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhya has been released, said International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) head Rafael Grossi. Ihor Murashov was detained on Friday by a Russian patrol as he traveled from the factory in Zaporizhzhya to the city of Enerhodar, according to the state-owned company in charge of the factory.
Russia has put Marina Ovsyannikova, the former state television editor who interrupted a news broadcast to protest the war in Ukraine, on a wanted list after she reportedly escaped house arrest. Ukraine-born Ovsyannikova, 44, gained international attention in March after she stormed into a studio of Channel One, her then employer, to denounce the war in Ukraine during a live news bulletin.