For Kiev, Lyman’s recovery is the starting point for further achievements | War in Ukraine

For Kiev, Lyman’s recovery is the starting point for further achievements | War in Ukraine
For Kiev, Lyman’s recovery is the starting point for further achievements | War in Ukraine

After Lyman, all of Donbass. The recovery of the city that had been under Russian occupation since May, confirmed this Sunday, not only boosted morale but also Ukraine’s ambition to continue the reconquest of territory in the east of the country. The triumphal entry of Ukrainian forces into the city located in the province of Donetsk, which served as a logistical center for the Russian troops, is also a significant defeat for Vladimir Putin, a day after the President of Russia proclaimed the annexation of the Donetsk regions. , Lugansk, Zaporijjia and Kherson.

Lyman is “totally free” of Russian soldiers, announced a euphoric Volodymyr Zelensky in a short video published this Sunday on his Telegram account. “Thanks to our troops. Glory to Ukraine!”, said the Ukrainian president who, hours earlier, in his usual nightly speech, had boasted about the territory recently recovered from the invader.

“Over the past week, the number of Ukrainian flags in Donbass has increased. There will be even more next week,” snapped Zelensky.

In addition to Lyman, the Ukrainian army regained control of a number of towns around the city, including Yampil, Novoselivka, Shandrigolovo and Drobysheve. In Shandrigolovo, he tells the guardianUkrainian soldiers lowered the Russian flag that was flying and trampled it, while in Lyman they destroyed the Russian symbol placed on a police station.

In Kiev, Lyman’s success is being seen as an antechamber for further conquest across the Donbass region, taking advantage of the bewilderment of fleeing Russian forces and the flow of weapons arriving from the West. This Sunday, the Secretary General of NATO expressed his satisfaction with the recent successes of the Ukrainian troops. “The Lyman recovery demonstrates that Ukraine is capable of dislodging Russian forces and shows the impact that advanced weapons provided by Western countries are having on the conflict,” said Jens Stoltenberg.

For his part, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the US was “very encouraged” by Ukraine’s territorial gains.

Russian forces had captured Lyman in May and have since used the city as a logistics and transport hub for their operations in the north of the Donetsk region. The withdrawal constitutes Russia’s biggest battlefield defeat since Ukraine’s lightning counteroffensive in the Kharkiv region last month.

Ukrainian optimism was also part of the words of the governor of Lugansk, Serhiy Gaidai, for whom the now regained control over Lyman could be a “key factor” in expanding the reconquest of territory in the neighboring region of Donetsk.

Lyman’s operational importance is due to its privileged location next to an important road crossing over the Siverskyi Donets River, behind which the Russian Army has tried to consolidate its advanced defense in the region, says the UK Ministry of Defense in its daily assessment of the situation on the ground.

In Moscow, the defeat at Lyman, the second in a month, served to heighten internal criticism of the way the war is being conducted, with the loudest coming from Chechen leader Ramzan Kadirov, who called for a change in strategy. which includes “the declaration of martial law in the border zones and the use of tactical nuclear weapons”.

The weekend’s setback should be on the minds of the deputies of the Duma, the lower house of the Russian Parliament, when, this Monday, they approve the bills and the treaties to ratify the annexation of the four Ukrainian territories.

This Sunday, Pope Francis appealed to Putin to stop “this spiral of violence and death” in Ukraine, also urging Zelensky to be open to any “serious proposal for peace”. But on Friday, the Ukrainian President imposed his conditions for negotiation: “We are ready to dialogue, but with another President of Russia.”

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