Status: 04.07.2022 01:32
Despite the withdrawal of the army, the Ukrainian president does not want to abandon the city. Russia had previously reported a complete capture. Lysychansk was the last major Ukrainian stronghold in Luhansk.
Despite the withdrawal of the Ukrainian army, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy does not yet consider the city of Lysychansk in the east of the country as lost. “If the command of our army withdraws people from certain points of the front where the enemy has the greatest advantage in fire, in particular Lysychansk, it means only one thing: that thanks to our tactics, thanks to the supply increased in modern weapons, will come back to us,” he said in a video message on Sunday.
The Ukrainian army is advancing – both in the Kharkiv region in the east, and in the Kherson region in the south and on the Black Sea. The recently reclaimed Snake Island is a good example. “There will come a day when we will say the same about Donbass,” Zelenskyy said. “Ukraine is not giving up.”
Last bastion of Lugansk
After weeks of defensive fighting, the Ukrainian army announced in the evening that it was withdrawing from Lysychansk in the Luhansk region. The Russian occupation forces have multiple superiorities, the General Staff in Kyiv said. Russia had previously signaled that it had taken the major city.
Reports from combat zones can hardly be independently verified. Lysychansk was the last major Ukrainian stronghold in the Luhansk region. Its conquest is one of the war aims named by Russia.