Russia Says Ukrainian Town of Lyman Under Its Full Control

Ukraine said on Friday that Russia had captured most of Lyman but that its forces were blocking an advance to Sloviansk

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This satellite image released by Maxar Technologies on May 27 shows Russian armor unit and aftermath of artillery bombardments in Popasna, Ukraine, May 25, 2022.
This satellite image released by Maxar Technologies on May 27 shows Russian armor unit and aftermath of artillery bombardments in Popasna, Ukraine, May 25, 2022. Credit: AFP
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Russia’s defense ministry said on Saturday that the Ukrainian town of Lyman had fallen under the full control of Russian and Russian-backed forces in eastern Ukraine.

The claim comes a day after pro-Russian separatists from the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic said they had fully captured the town, a railway hub west of Sievierodonetsk.

Ukraine said on Friday that Russia had captured most of Lyman but that its forces were blocking an advance to Sloviansk, a city a half-hour drive further southwest.

Ukrainian and Russian forces had been fighting for Lyman for several days.

Earlier, Ukraine said its forces may need to retreat from their last pocket of resistance in Luhansk to avoid being captured by Russian troops pressing a rapid advance in the east.

Luhansk's governor, Serhiy Gaidai, said on Friday Russian troops had entered Sievierodonetsk, the largest Donbas city still held by Ukraine, after trying to trap Ukrainian forces there for days, though adding that Russian forces would not be able to capture the Luhansk region "as analysts have predicted".

Gaidai said 90 percent of buildings in Sievierodonetsk were damaged with 14 high-rises destroyed in the latest shelling.

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Friday Russia was weaponizing a global food supply crisis and the world must prevent large-scale famine.

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