• The city was the last Ukrainian base in the Luhansk region
  • Russia says it has “liberated” the Luhansk region
  • Zelenskiy vows to regain control with long-range weapons
  • Blast struck base in Belgorod, Russia, southern Ukraine-officials

Kyiv, July 4 (Reuters)-Ukrainian troops withdraw from the bombed city of Lysychansik and urge Russia to claim full control of the eastern Luhansk region, an important goal of the Kremlin War, but Volodi President Mir Zelensky has vowed to regain the lost territory.

Ukraine said on Sunday that a tactical withdrawal would save the lives of soldiers reorganizing to launch a counterattack with the help of long-range western weapons.

However, Moscow said that occupying Lysychans’k less than a week after occupying the neighboring Sievier Donetsk meant “liberating” Luhansk. It said it would give occupied territory to the People’s Republic of Luhansk with the support of self-proclaimed Russia, which granted independence on the eve of the war.

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The focus of the battlefield is now shifting to the adjacent Donetsk region. There, Kyiv still dominates the territorial belt.

“If our military commander withdraws people from a particular point in front of the enemy where they have the greatest advantage in firepower, this also applies to Lysychans’k. That means only one thing. “Zelensky said in his night video on Sunday.

“Thanks to the increased supply of modern weapons, thanks to our tactics, we will be back.”

Mr Zelensky said Russia is concentrating its firepower on the Donbus front, but Ukraine will counterattack with US-supplied long-range weapons such as the HIMARS rocket launcher.

“The fact that it saves the lives of soldiers and the people plays an equally important role. We must rebuild the walls, reclaim the land, and above all, protect the people,” Zelensky said.

Since abandoning the attack on the capital Kieu, Russia has focused its military operations on the center of industrial Donbus, including the Luhansk and Donetsk regions, where Moscow-backed separatist agents have fought Ukraine since 2014. I let you.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu informed President Vladimir Putin that Luhansk had been “liberated” after Russia had previously stated that Russia had occupied villages around Lysychansik and surrounded the city. Said.read more

In Slovyansk, west of Lysychans’k in the Donetsk region, Mayor Vadim Riak wrote on Facebook that at least six people, including a 10-year-old girl, were killed in a heavy bombardment on Sunday.read more

Costly campaign

Since the invasion of Russia on February 24, thousands of civilians have been killed and the city leveled. Kieu accused Moscow of intentionally targeting civilians. Moscow denies this.

Russia states that what is called a “special military operation” in Ukraine is aimed at protecting Russian speakers from nationalists. Ukraine and its western allies say this is an unfounded excuse for a violent attack aimed at occupying the territory.

The Ukrainian War caused a global energy and food crisis, and Western-led sanctions against Moscow caused Russia’s worst economic crisis since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Germany has warned of a gas shortage as supply from Russia is declining. In an interview with Wirtschafts Woche on Monday, energy regulators said a € 15 billion ($ 15.64 billion) government loan to buy gas for storage might not be enough.read more

Russia sought to assemble an advance in Luhansk as an important moment in the war, which cost the Russian army a great deal, said Neil Melvin, a London-based think tank RUSI.

“Ukraine’s position was not to be able to protect all of this. What they are trying to do is delay Russia’s attack and cause the greatest damage, while accumulating counterattacks,” he said. Said.

Ukraine has repeatedly called for an accelerated supply of weapons from the West.

Kharkiv strike

Zelenskiy’s office said a Russian artillery strike struck residential and farm buildings in the Kharkiv area.

The Russian Defense Ministry also said on Sunday that it attacked the military infrastructure of Kharkiv, the second largest city in northeastern Ukraine. A Reuters reporter said the Ukrainian army was building a fortress after firing every night.

Outside Kharkiv’s school, some residents threw debris into a large crater created by an early morning rocket strike, while others helped repair a damaged house.

“My wife was lucky to wake up early in the morning because the roof fell exactly where she was sleeping,” one resident, Oleksy Mifflin, told Reuters.

Russia, about 70 km (44 miles) from Kharkiv on the Russian side of the border, also reported an explosion in Belgorod on Sunday, saying that at least three people were killed and houses were destroyed.read more

A Belgorod resident told Reuters that “the sound was so strong that I jumped up and woke up, became very scared and started screaming,” and the blast broke out around 3 am (Greenwich Mean Time 0000). He added that he did.

Moscow has accused Kyiv of numerous attacks on Belgorod and other areas adjacent to Ukraine. Kyiv has not claimed liability for any of these cases.read more

Military base hits

Ukraine said its Air Force made about 15 sorties “in almost all directions of hostilities”, destroying equipment and two ammunition depots.

In the Russian-occupied southern Ukrainian city of Melitopol, Ukrainian troops struck logistics bases on Sunday with more than 30 attacks, said the city’s exiled mayor Ivan Fedorov. Officials set up by Russia confirmed that the strike had hit the city.read more

Reuters was unable to independently verify the battlefield reports.

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Report by Reuters; Written by Michael Perry; Edited by Simon Cameron-Moore

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