Kremlin Sees Important Goals Achieved
One hundred days after the start of the war in Ukraine, the Kremlin expressed satisfaction with the course of events. Asked about military advances in Ukraine, President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russian troops had successfully performed their primary task of protecting civilians in eastern Ukraine. Peskov said Russian forces had liberated many areas of Ukraine from “pro-Nazi Ukrainian military and nationalist units.” This work will continue, Peskov noted.
According to British intelligence services, Russia now controls more than 90 per cent of the Luhansk region and will likely take complete control there in the next two weeks. According to Russia, it continued its attacks in eastern Ukraine. According to the Ministry of Defense in Moscow, 49 weapon systems and military vehicles of the Ukrainian army were destroyed in the city of Sloviansk in Donetsk. The headquarters of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in Donbas is located there.
Meanwhile, the Ukrainian military says it is still holding positions in the heavily contested city of Sievjerodonetsk, the administrative centre of the Luhansk region in eastern Ukraine.
Around 20,000 residents of the city, about a fifth of the population before the Russian war, are said to be still there. Sixty per cent of residential buildings and civilian infrastructure in Lysychansk are said to have been destroyed by Russia.
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