Straggling Russian Troops Hunted Down by Ukrainian Soldiers
(TargetLiberty.org) – Ukraine is clearing out the last of the Russian troops from the liberated city of Lyman, which was recaptured on Saturday — just two days after President Vladimir Putin claimed to have annexed it to Russia. The Kremlin now admits it’s lost control of the city, and the disorganized remnants of the invading force are being rounded up.
— Andreas Harsono (@andreasharsono) October 3, 2022
On September 30, Putin announced the annexation of four Ukrainian regions — Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia, and Kherson — into Russia. However, no other country recognizes this seizure, and two days after the announcement, Ukraine hit back by liberating Lyman, a key transport hub in Donetsk. Up to 3,000 Russian troops remain in the city, but they’re demoralized and disorganized. Ukrainian military and police patrols are now focused on rounding them up.
While Putin tries to mobilize hundreds of thousands of reservists to continue the war, many of whom have already fled the country, Ukraine’s troops continue to advance.
On October 4, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said his forces have now broken through Russian defenses in the southern Kherson region, and continue to advance rapidly in the East. Putin says the annexed areas will be part of Russia “forever,” but it looks like large parts will be back in Ukrainian hands by the end of the week.
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