The special operation is going according to plan, it is moving forward, Peskov said in response to a question about the future plans of the Russian army. The day before, Shoigu reported to Putin about the “liberation” of the LPR The Kremlin answered the question about plans after the liberation of the LPR” />
Questions about further tactical steps of the Russian troops after the “liberation” The Lugansk People's Republic should be sent to the Ministry of Defense, said presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
This is how he answered the question of journalists, will Russia intensify actions in the Kharkiv direction and in the Donetsk region after the capture of the LPR.
“I can only say that the operation is going according to plan, it is moving forward,”— noted the representative of the Kremlin.
The last two large cities within the borders of the LPR, which were under the control of Kyiv, were Severodonetsk and Lysichansk. The first city passed to the Russian military on June 25, the next day it was transferred under the control of the forces of the Luhansk People's Republic, the Russian Defense Ministry said. On July 3, the head of the department, Sergei Shoigu, reported to the president about the capture of Lysichansk, and, thus, the “liberation” of throughout the LPR.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine stated that the Ukrainian military left Lisichansk due to the unequal balance of forces and the desire to save people and resources, and the continued defense of the city would lead to “fatal consequences.” President Volodymyr Zelensky said the same. According to him, Ukraine “gives nothing away” and will return to the city later.
Russia continues its military special operation in Ukraine, launched on February 24. Among the tasks of the second phase, the Ministry of Defense called the establishment of control over the Donbass and southern Ukraine in order to provide a land corridor to the Crimea and a corridor to Transnistria, where “there are facts of oppression of the Russian-speaking population.” As of July 4, Russian forces, in addition to the LPR, control the Kherson region of Ukraine, as well as parts of the Zaporozhye and Kharkiv regions.
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Ukraine, after the start of the special operation, introduced martial law and broke diplomatic relations with Moscow.
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