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Russia claims the capture of Lysychansk and the “liberation” of the Luhansk region

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  • The capture of Lysychansk would allow the Russian army to advance towards Sloviansk, about sixty kilometers to the west, already under fire from Russian artillery, and Kramatorsk, another large city in the Donbass whose inhabitants live to the sound of bombardments and warning sirens.
  • Alexander Lukashenko accuses Ukraine of firing missiles at Belarus. According to the Belarusian president, an ally of Russia, his army shot down missiles fired from Ukraine earlier this week. This statement comes amid speculation about Minsk’s growing involvement in the conflict.
  • In the Donetsk region, Russian shelling on Saturday killed two people and injured three civilians in the city of. Among the injured are two children, aged four and seven. In Kharkov, second city in the country, located in the northeast, missiles hit a district of the city on Saturday without causing any casualties, as well as the local tractor factory where troops and equipment of the 10e Ukrainian mountain assault brigade. Near Mykolaiv, in southern Ukraine, the Russian army reached 39 command centers and two ammunition depots.
  • In Kremenchuk, the work of clearing the rubble of the shopping center destroyed on June 27 has been completed. According to the Ukrainian rescue services, 21 people were killed and 66 injured. Twenty-nine body fragments were also found.
  • The Russians control about 19.2% of Ukrainian territory, or 1,500 square kilometers more than last month, according to Ukraine War Map, which maps military movements and Russian advances in Ukraine since the start of the conflict. Before February 24, Russia controlled barely 8% of Ukrainian territory. In his evening address, Volodymyr Zelensky referred to 2,610 towns and villages “under Russian occupation”. But, since the beginning of the war, on February 24, the Ukrainian army is “managed to free 1,027”he assured.

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