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Ukraine forces Russian troops out of key city a day after Putin’s annexation

According to the Kremlin, Russian troops were forced from Lyman in eastern Ukraine because they were at risk of being encircled and surrounded by Ukrainian forces.

Lyman is currently in Donetsk, one of the Ukrainian areas annexed Friday by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Putin also threatened to retaliate if Russia was attacked.

A spokesperson for Ukraine’s eastern force stated that Ukrainian forces entered Lyman after trapping thousands of Russian soldiers there and encircling them. According to Volodymyr Zelenskyy the fighting continues in the city.

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Russia’s retreat has led Ramzan Kadyrov (head of Russia’s Chechnya Region and an ally to Mr Putin) to suggest that Moscow use a low-yield nuke weapon in Ukraine as a consequence of the losses on the battlefield.

This is in the midst of ongoing efforts by Ukrainian forces in Donetsk to advance and hold back Russian troops, including in Bakhmut.

The Institute for the Study of War, a US non-governmental organization, has been closely monitoring the situation in Ukraine. It stated that Russian social media commentators were posting about their fear that Ukrainian troops would be advancing towards the northeast, west, and north of the town.

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It seems that the close encirclement was complete by Saturday morning.

The ISW said on Thursday: “The collapse of the Lyman pocket will likely be highly consequential to the Russian grouping in northern Donetsk and western Luhansk oblasts and may allow Ukrainian troops to threaten Russian positions along the western Luhansk Oblast border and in the Severodonetsk-Lysychansk area.”

Anton Gerashchenko, the advisor to the Ukrainian interior ministry, posted video footage showing what he claimed was a Russian convoy being destroyed while it attempted to leave Lyman.

Sky News has not verified this footage.

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Footage posted in the interior ministry by an advisor claiming that a Russian convoy was attacked as it left Lyman

Lyman was a Russian logistics and transport hub that served for many months.

Moscow’s defeat is a significant one, as it suffered a serious setback on the day that Vladimir Putin declared the annexed of Donetsk and Luhansk, Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, Kherson, and Kherson.

Telegram commentator Mr Kadyrov said that Russian commanders abandoned Lyman in east Ukraine on Saturday. He wrote, “In my opinion, more severe measures should be taken up to the declaration martial law in the border regions and the use low-yield nukes.”

A second video was posted by Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the chief of staff for the Ukrainian president. It showed two smiling Ukrainian soldiers adhering the yellow-blue national flag to the Lyman welcome sign at the town’s entrance.

One soldier said, “1 October.” We will unfurl our state flag and place it on our land. Lyman will become Ukraine.”

According to a spokesperson for Ukraine’s eastern force, Russia had between 5,000 and 5,500 troops at Lyman. However, the number of troops that were encircled by Russia could have been lower due to Russia having suffered many casualties.

The Ukrainian government would consider Lyman’s fall the biggest battlefield victory since last month’s lightning counteroffensive in northeastern Kharkiv, which sent Russia reeling.

Serhii Cherevatyi, a spokesperson for the Ukrainian military, stated that Lyman’s capture would allow Kyiv access to the Luhansk region. Moscow claimed it had taken the entire territory at the beginning July.

Cherevatyi stated that Lyman was important as it is the next step in the liberation the Ukrainian Donbas. It’s a chance to move further to Kreminna or Severodonetsk and it is psychologically very significant.”

On Telegram, the Ukrainian governor of Luhansk said that any Russians surrounded by him had “three options…to try to escape, die together or surrender.”

Serhiy Haidai stated that “The Russians have already blocked the possibility of delivering ammunition or peacefully escaping from the settlement to deliver it to them.”

Together, the Donetsk-Luhansk regions make up the larger Donbas region. This is the area that has seen some of the most intense fighting since the invasion of Moscow on 24 February.

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