Ukraine retakes key province after illegal Russian annexation

On Sunday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced that the province of Lyman was under the control of their forces. Speaking in Moscow’s Red Square, Putin had proclaimed the provinces of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia as Russian territory, but within two days Ukraine recaptured Lyman, the main Russian stronghold in the province.

Ukrainian media shared images of the country’s yellow and blue flag in front of the statue signifying the village of Torské. Russia’s loss of its transport and logistics hub in the eastern town of Lyman is likely to significantly alter the direction of the armed conflict. Moscow had previously announced the move of its forces to a more favorable position.

As Russia and Ukraine enter the 222nd day of war, Ukrainian forces have taken over the Provinces of Arkhanhelske and Myrolyubivka in the Kherson region, in the south, along the west bank of the Dnipro River on Monday. This means that Russia does not hold full powers over the territory it announced on Friday that it had annexed.

Kirill Stremousov, deputy head of the Russian-imposed authority in occupied Kherson, said in his message on Telegram:

“Everything is under control in the direction of Mykolaiv, despite Ukronazi attempts to break through the defences. The Nazis advanced along the Dnieper towards Dudshan and there they received gifts from the Russian Aerospace Forces. For the moment, the situation is completely under control.

However, Vladimir Saldo, head of the Russian-imposed authority, reportedly admitted on Russian television that Ukraine had taken over parts of the region. In recent months, Russian President Vladimir Putin has thwarted battlefield failures by announcing the annexation of occupied territories, issuing threats of nuclear attacks and proclaiming thousands of men as reservists.

advanceement of the province of Kherson is the most important of Ukraine in the south of the country since the beginning of the conflict. Information from Reuters confirmed that Ukrainian forces captured many settlements along the river, up to the village of Dudchany. Ukrainian forces may have captured other settlements along Dnipro River, but Kyiv officials remain silent.

As Ukrainian forces continue to seize “new Russian territory,” Kremlin insiders are said to ignore the border and would consult with the people on how to draw it. The confusion comes as Russia is unable to confirm whether it claims all occupied areas of Ukraine, or only those controlled by its forces.

Meanwhile, EU ambassadors meet to discuss the latest round of sanctions against Russia, including a price cap on Russian oil exports by sea, as well as roadblocks set up by Hungary, Cyprus , Greece and Malta.

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