Recently, 15 percent of Ukraine’s territory has been annexed to the Russian Federation. But the Russian army is still facing disaster in the field of war. Kiev claimed that its troops surrounded thousands of Russian soldiers in the Liman region on Saturday. News from Reuters.
On Friday, President Putin officially included the four regions of Ukraine, Kherson, Zaporizhia, Luhansk and Donetsk, into the Russian Federation. Putin’s actions have been condemned by Western allies including Kiev. Analysts predicted that taking control of Liman would be a major challenge for Moscow.
“We are already in Liman, but the war is going on there,” said Serhii Cherevaty, a spokesman for Ukraine’s eastern forces.
A Ukrainian soldier said, ‘October 1st, we are raising our national flag and placing it on our land. Liman will be in Ukraine.
Cherevati said Russia had between 5,000 and 5,500 troops in Liman, but the number of encircled troops could be lower due to casualties.
Russia’s Defense Ministry did not immediately comment on the matter.
Russia’s latest operational update was on Friday evening. Russian military bloggers said the loss of the city would be a serious blow. It is clear that Moscow has decided to abandon the city and withdraw its forces.
Reuters could not independently verify the battlefield claims by either side.