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Russia says it has complete control over Luhansk Oblast, Ukraine denies

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Vladimir Putin talks to Sergei Shoigu

Vladimir Putin talks to Sergei Shoigu

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In keeping with the message, Shoigu claims Moscow is now in “full management” of Lysychansk – the last contested major city in the region.

In an interview with the BBC, Ukrainian Inside Ministry Adviser Yuriy Sak denied the Russian declare, and stated that Lysychansk is just not underneath “full Russian management,” including that the scenario within the metropolis “may be very tense, and has been for some time.”

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“Human life stays the paramount worth for Ukrainians, so we’d withdraw from sure areas, solely to reclaim them later,” the official stated.

Ukraine’s National Guard denied earlier claims by Chechen chief Ramzan Kadyrov that Ukrainian forces in Lysychansk have been encircled. In keeping with the Nationwide Guard, the town is just not surrounded and remains to be closely contested.

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Putin declared revised goals of the battle in Ukraine on June 30, saying that Moscow intends to seize Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts of their entirety.