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Russia claims its forces have taken full control of Ukraine's Luhansk region Updated: 2022-07-04 13:20:30 KST

Russian forces claim they have captured the city of Lysychansk in eastern Ukraine, though Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelenskyy says fight for the pivotal citywill continue.
In the meantime, Australia has pledged Ukraine more military support.
Kim Hyo-sun has more.

The Russian military claims it has taken full control of the Luhansk region in eastern Ukraine.
Russia's defense ministry said Sunday that the region has been (quote) "liberated."
This comes as Russian forces say they have captured villages aroundLysychansk andencircled the city, which had been the final Ukrainian holdout.
Ukraine's military later confirmed that its forces had withdrawn from the city.
Addressing the nation, Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelenskyy acknowledged the withdrawal but pledged that the city will be retaken with more modern weapons.
In related news, Australian Prime MinisterAnthony Albanese said Sunday during his visit to Ukraine, that his country will provide additional military support to Ukraine.
This includes 34armored vehicles, a number of drones, and some 68 million U.S. dollars.

"Australia stands ready to continue to support the government and the people of Ukraine for as long as it takes for Ukraine to emerge victorious in defense of your national sovereignty and your homeland. Because you are fighting for the international rule of law."

He also added that Canberra will be slapping sanctionsand travel bans on 16 more Russian ministers and oligarchs, bringing the total number of Russians sanctioned by Australia to more than 840.
He also pledged his country would ban Russian gold imports, while giving duty-free access to Ukrainian goods.
During his visit, the Australian Prime Minister visited war-torn towns of Bucha and Irpin.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.
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