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The latest developments from the war in Ukraine

The latest developments from the war in Ukraine

Russia has taken control of Lysychansk, the last city in the Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine that was still under Ukrainian control. Ukraine's military announced on Sunday that it had been "forced to withdraw" from the city.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to President Vladimir Putin that the army had captured Lysychansk and a number of nearby settlements on Sunday, according to the country's Defense Ministry.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accepted the withdrawal of Ukrainian forces from the city, saying the withdrawal was aimed at saving the lives of troops facing an onslaught of thousands of Russian artillery shells. Zelensky vowed that the armed forces of Ukraine will retake Lysychansk and Donbas.

At least six people were killed and 15 wounded in bombings in the eastern Ukrainian city of Sloviansk on Sunday, according to local authorities. The city's mayor said Sloviansk was experiencing the heaviest shelling in recent days. The nearby city of Kramatorsk was also hit by three rocket attacks on Sunday morning, but there were no casualties, according to Ukraine's Donetsk regional military administration.

The Ukrainian military launched "a deliberate attack" with Tochka-U ballistic missiles with cluster munitions and drones on residential areas of the Russian cities of Belgorod and Kursk, the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman claimed on Sunday.

Earlier, the local governor said at least three people were killed and dozens of residential buildings were damaged by explosions in the Belgorod region. The Ukrainian military has not yet commented on the attacks.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese visited the Kiev region on Sunday, traveling to Bucha, Hostomel and Irpin, before meeting with President Zelensky. He announced a $100 million aid package for Ukraine, which includes military equipment and security assistance. Australia will also freeze imports of Russian gold and impose financial sanctions and travel bans on 16 other Russian ministers and oligarchs.

Source: CNN

 

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