It happened so yet just one day after Russian President Vladimir Putin solemnly declared the Donetsk region, along with several other Ukrainian territories where Moscow forced a vote to join the Russian Federation, to be part of Russia.
“Russia organized a farce in Donbas, which they wanted to pass off as a referendum. They were trying to achieve something there, they went around the houses with machine guns, they carried pieces of paper here and there. And now there is the Ukrainian flag,” summarized Zelenskyy.
“During the week, several Ukrainian flags appeared in Donbass. And in a week there will be even more,” Zelensky emphasized.
Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malyarova confirmed today that Ukrainian soldiers have entered Lyman, which Russia has so far used as a supply and transport hub for operations in the north of the Donetsk region. At the same time, Malyarová called on Ukrainians not to write about the progress of the fighting on social networks yet and to wait for the official announcement of the General Staff of the Ukrainian Army.
In September, Ukrainian forces were able to push Russian troops out of most of the Kharkiv region in northeastern Ukraine during a swift counteroffensive, liberating thousands of square kilometers of Russian-held territory. According to Reuters, the loss of Lyman represents a significant problem for the Kremlin and its plans to control the Donbass region, which consists of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
Source: EuroZprávy.cz by eurozpravy.cz.
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