Sunday, 24 September 2023 12:56 GMT

Russia asserts complete control over Luhansk area of Ukraine

(MENAFN) The Russian military minister informed Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday that Luhansk, the region of Ukraine that has declared its independence, is now entirely under Moscow's authority.

In a declaration, the Russian Defense Ministry claimed that “after successful military operations, Russian forces and the Luhansk People’s Militia established full control over the city of Lysychansk and a number of nearby settlements.”

Putin was informed of the "liberation of the Luhansk People's Republic" on Sunday, according to Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu.

The ministry also mentioned that “the total area of territories liberated over the past day was 182 square kilometers (70 square miles).”

A Russian-backed insurgency began in Donetsk and Luhansk in 2014, following Russia's illegitimate annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula. Both cities are located in the eastern Donbas area of Ukraine, which borders Russia.

Just before the Ukraine War broke out on February 24th, President Putin acknowledged the "independence" of Donetsk and Luhansk.


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