The Ukrainian army, which is accelerating its recovery of lost territories, has recaptured a key point in Luhansk Oblast in the eastern Donbas region as the Ukrainian army launched a relentless counteroffensive, The Guardian reported on the 19th (local time).
According to the Guardian, Luhansk Governor Serhi Haidai said on the same day that the Ukrainian army had “completely secured control of Vilohorivka,” the outskirts of the strategic city of Lisichansk.
The Russians denied, saying “sooner or later we will sweep that rubbish out with a broom.”
A related video was uploaded on Telegram.
In the video, Ukrainian soldiers patrol the ruined streets of Vilohorivka.
Some even claimed that the Ukrainian army had advanced to Lisichansk.
The Guardian said that if this claim was true, it was no small achievement.
This is because Russia no longer controls all of Luhansk Oblast.
Russia, which invaded Ukraine on February 24, tried to end the war with ‘fast speed’, but failed to attack the capital, Kiiu, as it struggled with unexpectedly strong resistance and support from the West.
After that, the Russian troops stationed near Kiiu were relocated to the eastern region of Donbas, and the occupation of Luhansk and Donetsk, which are controlled by pro-Russian forces, was set as the ‘second step’. As a result, he was able to control the entire Luhansk Oblast.
However, as the Ukrainian army resumed the recovery of the territory of Luhansk Oblast, the Russian army faced difficult times again.
Governor Haidai said that the Ukrainian counterattack has left the heads of the pro-Russian puppet government established in Luhansk into a state of panic.
Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin has shown an attitude to end the war in Ukraine as soon as possible, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Turkiye told PBS on the 19th (local time).
Asked when the conflict in Ukraine would end, Erdogan said, “I met President Putin in Uzbekistan (last week) and had a very detailed conversation.
Regarding Crimea, which was annexed to Russia from Ukraine in 2014, he said, “We continue to ask Putin to return the peninsula to Ukraine, but so far no progress has been made.”
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