Armed forces of Russia and the separatist Luhansk People’s Republic capture the entire Luhansk Oblast after seizing Lysychansk. Ukrainian forces confirm that they were forced to retreat.
The Russo-Ukrainian War is an ongoing war between Russia (together with pro-Russian separatist forces) and Ukraine. It began in February 2014 following the Ukrainian Revolution of Dignity, and initially focused on the status of Crimea and the Donbas, internationally recognized as part of Ukraine.
Russia has taken control of Lysychansk, the last city in the Luhansk region in eastern Ukraine that was still under Ukrainian control.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to President Vladimir Putin that the Russian military had taken over Lysychansk and a number of nearby settlements on Sunday. Ukraine’s military announced Sunday that it had been “forced to withdraw” from the critical city. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the retreat from Lysychansk was motivated to save the lives of Ukrainian troops. The fall of Lysychansk shifts Russia closer to achieving the goal of taking over Donbas.