After weeks of fierce fighting, Kyiv’s forces withdrew from Lysechhansk, the last stronghold of the Ukrainian resistance in Lugansk, the territory that together with Donetsk makes up the eastern Donbass region. It was the Minister of Defense of Moscow himself, Sergei Shoigu, who told President Vladimir Putin that Russian forces had “occupied the city of Lyschansk”, and thus occupied the entire city of Lugansk.
Kyiv tried to resist to the end: Volodymyr Zelensky just replied that “there is still fighting on the outskirts of the city” and that at the moment it was not possible to “say that Lysichansk is under Russian control”, when his army announced the withdrawal from the city, only a week after the fall of Its twin Severodonetsk is on the other bank of the Seversky Donetsk River.
Moscow and the Ministry of Defense: Kyiv attacks where there are no military targets
“In order to protect the lives of the Ukrainian defenders, the decision was taken to withdraw,” the staff explained in a statement, emphasizing the superiority of the enemy in terms of numbers and equipment. Speaking with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on a visit to Kyiv, Zelensky also admitted for the first time that “there is a danger of the entire Luhansk region being occupied” by the Russians. “But the situation can change every day,” the Ukrainian leader continued, perhaps to encourage his people and army, and promised that everything was being done to speed up the supply of weapons that would give Ukrainian forces the opportunity to exercise them. More pressure on Putin.
Kyiv assured that even if Lugansk was lost, the Donbass battle was not over yet. The Defense Ministry spokesman said that there are “other large cities, especially in the Donetsk region”, which are still under the control of the Ukrainian armed forces despite having been subjected “in the past two days to violent missile attacks and artillery shelling”. Ukrainian Yuri Sak. One of these is Sloviansk which, together with nearby Kramatorsk, is Moscow’s next target: it has been bombed by the Russians in the past few hours, causing at least 6 deaths and 15 injuries. Mayor Vadim Lyach wrote on Facebook: “This was the largest explosion targeting Sloviansk in recent times.”
For its part, Russia said it targeted a “foreign mercenary base” near Mykolaiv in southern Ukraine, killing “120 primitive soldiers”. He denounced a “deliberate attack on the Russian civilian population”, by launching “Tochka U ballistic missiles with cluster munitions and Tu-143 Reis drones” from Ukrainian territory on the Russian cities of Kursk and Belgorod, killing at least 3 and 4 people. Dozens of houses and residential units were injured and damaged. Meanwhile, the wheat war also continues. The Russian ship, which set sail on June 30 from the busy port of Berdyansk with thousands of tons of “grain stolen from Ukrainians and destined for the friendly countries of Moscow”, has been stationary since July 1 in front of the Turkish port of Karasu, as confirmed by the maritime traffic control website. Kyiv claims that the cargo was seized by Turkey after a specific request from its ambassador in Ankara, while in the version of the Russian news agency TASS, which cites a source in the port, the ship is only waiting for the permits of the Turkish authorities. Enter the port and discharge it. Tomorrow the International Conference on the future reconstruction of Ukraine will open in Lugano, both economically and in terms of infrastructure, with the attendance of 36 countries and 13 international organizations. “An opportunity for foreign countries and companies,” Zelensky emphasized. For Italy, there will be Undersecretary for Foreign Affairs Benedetto Della Vidova.
Ukraine, the consequences of the bombing in Kramatorsk
Moscow allows drowning – For the first time since the beginning of the conflict in Ukraine, Russia admitted the loss of the landing ship Saratov, which was struck by Kyiv forces on March 24. The missiles installed in the port of Berdyansk hit the city on the Sea of Azov in the southeast of the country, causing it to sank along with all its crew. The rare admission from the Russian side, which is often reticent about the damage to its seas, came from a Moscow-appointed official in southern Ukraine. Vladimir Rogov confirmed on Telegram that the ship was hit by Tochka U ballistic missiles, and the crew decided to sink it “to prevent the explosion of ammunition on board due to the fire that broke out.” However, Rogov named the ship Orsk, a name that also appeared in the Ukrainian Army’s March 24 report. The name Saratov and other details come from the fleet’s website kchf.ru, which mentioned its sinking in the port at the end of March, without referring to the Ukrainian missile attack. The statement said the ship was “damaged by the fire and the explosions it caused,” contradicting Rogoff’s account. Saratov joined the Soviet Navy in 1964, and can carry up to 20 tanks as well as 400 Marines for a load of up to 1,500 tons. The length of the ship was 113 meters.