While the pro-Russian separatists claimed to have taken Lyman, in the Donbass, the adviser to the Ukrainian defense minister confirmed a withdrawal of their soldiers in this locality.
On the 93rd day of the Russian invasion in Ukraine, Moscow denounces a Western “total war” against Russia and continues its advance in the Donbass, in particular towards Lyman.
• The locality of Lyman in the hands of pro-Russian separatists?
Pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk said on Friday they had taken “complete control” of the locality of Lyman, an important crossroads in Donbass. An operation carried out with the help of units from the other separatist region of Lugansk and the “support” of the Russian armed forces, indicated the staff of the territorial defense of the separatist “Republic” on Telegram.
Neither the Russian army nor the Ukrainian army immediately commented on this information, which AFP could not verify from an independent source. According to the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), an American research center, Russian forces “completely took” Lyman on Thursday.
On BFMTV, Yuriy Sak, adviser to the Ukrainian Minister of Defense confirmed that “Ukrainian troops are in retreat” in Lyman.
“It was decided at the highest level of the armed forces” he added, also specifying that “Russia has not taken full control of the Lugansk and Donetsk oblasts” and that “the Ukrainian armed forces are resisting , thanks to Western weapons”.
The capture of Lyman is important because it would open the road to the Russian forces towards the regional centers of Sloviansk, then Kramatorsk, while allowing them to approach a total encirclement of the agglomeration formed by the cities of Severodonetsk and Lyssytchansk, two other important Ukrainian cities further east.
• Belarus sends troops to its border with Ukraine
The President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko has announced that he has asked his armed forces to move to the south of his country, to the border with Ukraine.
“The United States, Europe and NATO are engaged in a global confrontation with Russia, in this struggle Belarus is about to face unprecedented and prolonged political, economic and even military pressure”, said the leader known to be pro-Russian.
“We are then obliged to optimize our border defences. I have asked the armed forces to rotate the special forces from the western and northwestern sectors towards the south of the country,” he indicated.
Ukraine will “react accordingly” declared Yuriy Sak, adviser to the Ukrainian Defense Minister, on BFMTV.
“The armed threat from the side of Belarus has always been very strong. From the beginning of this war, Russia used Belarus as a springboard to launch bombers on Ukraine […] the fact that we see maneuvers near our borders, we understand that there is a threat, we will react accordingly,” he explained.
• Russia denounces a “total war” of the West which will last “a long time”
The head of Russian diplomacy Sergei Lavrov denounced “a total war” Western against Russia and estimated that it would last “a long time”.
“The West has announced an all-out war against us, against the entire Russian world,” he said during a meeting with officials from Russian regions.
Since the beginning of the Russian invasion in Ukraine, the Western powers have multiplied the sanctions against Moscow. A situation giving rise to “unprecedented Russophobia”, according to Sergei Lavrov.
“The United States and its satellites are doubling, tripling, quadrupling their efforts to contain Russia, using a very broad instrument: from unilateral economic sanctions to deeply misleading propaganda in the global media space,” he said. hammered the minister.
• Nearly 3 million refugees in non-border European countries
Nearly 3 million Ukrainian refugees have left the countries bordering Ukraine, where they had flocked after the Russian invasion, to move to other non-neighboring European countries, said the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). of ONU. The largest numbers of Ukrainian refugees in non-neighbouring countries were in Germany, the Czech Republic and Italy, according to the UN agency.
A total of 6,659,220 Ukrainians have fled their country since the Russian invasion on February 24. Among them, more than 3.5 million headed west, to Poland, which remains the main country of arrival.
In early March, around 100,000 refugees a day were arriving at the Polish border, but their numbers slowed to around 20,000 during May.